The Wisconsin Badgers defended their home turf against the Michigan Wolverines, 37-21, in Big Ten action today.

Playing without the services of RB Mike Hart, the Wolverines struggled from the start of the game in Madison. Things only got worse when senior QB Chad Henne was injured and left the game in the first quarter. Ryan Mallett, his back-up, was 11 of 36, good for 245 yards and 3 TDs, but he also tossed two costly interceptions. Clearly Michigan missed Hart, as they were held to a total 48 net yards on the ground.

Tyler Donovan was 14 of 27, 245 yards and 1 TD for Wisconsin thru the air, and he added another 49 yards and a touchdown on 6 carries to lead the Badgers. RB Zach Brown ably filled in for injured P.J. Hill, logging 128 yards and 2 TDs on 27 attempts.

Commentary: Michigan’s 8-game winning streak came to an end, and the Wolverines lost much needed momentum heading into their annual rivalry game with Ohio State next week. Questions about Lloyd Carr’s future will now resurface and fill the sports radio air time in Michigan this week. The Rose Bowl officials will be rooting for Ohio State to win at Michigan win on November 17 because a Wolverine victory would send a 9-3 Big Ten co-champion ranked lower than the top 15 to the Rose Bowl Game on January 1.