Wisconsin won game No. 11 with Monday’s 24-16 win against Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl.
The Badgers scored the game’s first 14 points and hung on to give the Broncos their first loss of the season.
TE Troy Fumagalli starred, making 6 catches for 83 yards and a TD. Wisconsin QBs Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook combined to go 13-for-14 for 178 yards and a TD.
On defense, Wisconsin held a potent Western Michigan offense to only 16 points, with T.J. Edwards coming up with a huge interception late in the game.
What Badgers coach Paul Chryst said after the Cotton Bowl win:
- On the jet sweep success: We thought the way they were going into the game, they might fit some of our runs, especially in some of our heavier packages, that we might get something out of it … the offensive staff did a really nice job preparing our kids.
- We didn’t play a perfect game, but we did a lot of things that gave us a chance.
- On WMU slowing down RB Corey Clement after a big start: They did a nice job of adjusting. It’s a good defense, well-coached with some good players. We certainly weren’t perfect … we had to kind of answer or how to counter their moves. They’re a good defense.
- Defensive discipline: The defensive staff did a heck of a job preparing our players. They (Western Michigan) can hurt you in a number of different ways. The guys did play disciplined. When we didn’t make a play, we knew why. They trust the plan and they trust themselves. They don’t try to overcompensate. Our guys competed.
- Establishing run early to help QBs: We thought we had some runs we could get on them. Then you want to see how they adjust. You have to be able to do some things with the passing game. We thought it gave us some other opportunities. I thought our guys made some plays. That was big even the last drive. That third down was a big completion.
- On TE Troy Fumagalli: I’ve been fortunate, we’ve had a number of really good tight ends. They’re all different. But Fum has the ability to be a matchup problem for a number of teams or individuals. He’s big, he’s skilled. He has a great knack to separate. Our quarterbacks trust him. He’s got a big reception radius. He was big today. It was fun to see.
- On QB play: 14 attempts isn’t a lot, but some key third downs in there. I thought Alex came in there and made a heck of a throw to Fum in the end zone. They care a ton about this team and want to do their part. It was good to see Bart finish his career at Wisconsin the way that we did.
- Chryst said he was happy with Hornibrook’s growth this year and that he’s got a lot of football ahead of him.