In a matchup of two of the top teams in the Big Ten, No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 4 Michigan played a game dominated by both defenses. With both offenses struggling to get much of a rhythm, it was fitting that an outstanding defensive play sealed the outcome.
Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who like Michigan safety Jabril Peppers rates among the best in college football at his position, made a one-handed interception of an Alex Hornibrook pass on 4th & 10 with 2:30 remaining in the game. Lewis’ interception sealed the 14-7 victory for the Wolverines, who are now 5-0 2-0 Big Ten) on the season. Wisconsin, which blew out Michigan State 30-6 last week, is now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play.
“I jumped too early for a two-handed [pick], so I decided to just put one up there and see what happens,” Lewis said in a televised postgame interview.
It’s safe to say that this approach worked out for Lewis and the Wolverines, who visit Rutgers next weekend. As for Wisconsin, things don’t get any easier for the Badgers as they host Ohio State October 15.