Michigan’s defense was one of the reasons — perhaps the biggest one — for Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s tough day up in Ann Arbor two weeks ago. But the redshirt freshman signal-caller on Monday morning said his struggles throwing the ball could also be attributed to something else:
A shot to the ribs.
“I got hit right in the chest,” Hornibrook told Land of 10. “One of my ribs was messed up when I was playing.”
The lefthander completed just 9 of 25 throws in a 14-7 loss to the Wolverines, the Badgers’ first setback of the season. Hornibrook threw a touchdown pass to tailback Dare Ogunbowale to tie the game in the third quarter, but was also picked off three times and struggled with touch the entire afternoon in throwing for only 88 yards at Michigan Stadium.
“I didn’t really think anything of it and was just trying to go,” said Hornibrook, who replaced senior Bart Houston in the starting lineup before the Badgers’ Big Ten opener at Michigan State — a 30-6 Wisconsin rout. “I didn’t think anything of it, but it definitely affected how I was throwing the ball.
“That (hit) kind of set off a couple of other things, and I was playing (hurt). But the main thing is just executing and finishing on plays.”
The Badgers (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten), who host No. 2 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0) Saturday night at Camp Randall, had a bye last week. Hornibrook met with local reporters Monday and said his ribs feel fine now, and “that bye week was good. Everyone is rested up and ready to go.”