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Badgers make open-shut case

Late touchdown sinks Michigan

MADISON, Wis. -- John Stocco scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw with 24 seconds left, giving Wisconsin a 23-20 win over No. 14 Michigan last night and snapping the Wolverines' 23-game winning streak in Big Ten openers.

Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0) sealed the win when Michigan's Chad Henne was flushed from the pocket and slipped on the turf, the ball popping loose as time expired. The Badgers stormed the field with their first win over the Wolverines (2-2, 0-1) since 1994.

It was just the second loss in Michigan's last 38 conference openers, and both were to Wisconsin, which also beat the Wolverines in their 1981 Big Ten kickoff.

Brian Calhoun rushed 35 times for 155 yards and gained another 59 yards on seven receptions, and when the Badgers didn't put the ball in his hands after reaching the Wolverines' 4 with 38 seconds left, the crowd of 83,022, the second-biggest in Camp Randall Stadium history, booed the bewildering play calls.

''I was expecting to run the ball, personally," Calhoun said. ''Me or [fullback Matt Bernstein]. It was a good call. It surprised the defense."

Calhoun provided the key block on the play, pushing a linebacker out of Stocco's way.

The Wolverines said they expected a run because the Badgers had one timeout left. But they were surprised not to see Calhoun carrying.

''We were looking for a run but we just didn't get to the ball fast enough," defensive tackle Pat Massey said.

On first down, Stocco's pass over the top was deflected at the line of scrimmage, then his floater into the right corner of the end zone was batted down. On third and goal, Stocco dropped back for what looked like another pass, then knifed his way through the goal line as the moans turned into cheers.

It looked like the Badgers were going to come up short again -- they had lost their last four to Michigan by an average of 4 1/2 points -- when Henne threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to freshman Mario Manningham on a flea-flicker that put the Wolverines ahead, 20-16, with nine minutes left.

After an interception by Michigan cornerback Grant Mason, Henne handed off to tailback Kevin Grady, who pitched the ball back to the quarterback. Manningham had raced past freshman cornerback Allen Langford and cradled the catch at the goal line.

That erased the 16-13 lead Wisconsin had taken on Calhoun's 6-yard touchdown dive with 11:34 left.

The Badgers trailed, 13-9, when safety Johnny White stripped the ball out of running back Max Martin's hands, and Mark Zalewski recovered for Wisconsin at the Michigan 23. A personal foul gave the Badgers the ball at the 12.

Calhoun ran 6 yards off right tackle, then bounced left and dived toward the end zone with the nose of the ball squashing the left pylon as he tumbled out of bounds.

Taylor Mehlhaff kicked field goals of 35, 43, and 27 yards for the Badgers, who trailed, 13-3, at halftime even though two Michigan drives had stalled inside the Wisconsin 10.

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