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 on Saturday 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 and 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.

Wisconsin also tied its modern-day mark with its ninth straight home win, its longest such streak since the early 1960s.

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.

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 41/2 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, who have won 16 of 17 night games in the last decade, 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 to give Wisconsin its first lead.

The Wolverines played their second straight game without star tailback Mike Hart, who strained a hamstring in their loss to Notre Dame.

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.

The Wolverines got nothing out of a 96-yard, 17-play drive that took more than seven minutes but stalled at the 1 when strong safety Joe Stellmacher and Zalewski stuffed Grady on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

Stellmacher made the play despite an injured shoulder that would force him from the game in the third quarter.

Garrett Rivas kicked field goals of 44 and 28 yards in the first half for Michigan.

The Wolverines took a 10-0 lead when Jason Avant caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Henne in front of cornerback Brett Bell, who was the goat the last time these teams met in Madison, in 2001, when a punt bounced off his leg in the closing seconds, allowing Michigan to kick the game-winning field goal.

AP-ES-09-24-05 2214EDT


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