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Badgers offense struggles in 23-17 victory over Georgia State


Wisconsin's offense – without running back Corey Clement – was less than explosive Saturday, needing to come back from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Georgia State Panthers, 23-17, at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin moves to 3-0 with the victory.

Two field goals were all Wisconsin's offensive could muster in the game's first half. Things started to uncomfortably close when Georgia State kicked a field goal and then answered a Wisconsin touchdown in the third quarter, making it a three-point game heading into the fourth.

The Panthers found the end zone less than four minutes into the final period, but the Badgers answered quickly on an eight-play drive led by quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who replaced Bart Houston late in the game and threw the go-ahead touchdown pass with less than eight minutes in regulation. Hornibrook went 8-for-12 for 122 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Though points were hard to come by, the Badgers offense did rack up 400 total yards -- 213 through the air and 187 on the ground. Meanwhile, theWisconsin defense was stellar, allowing just 33 rushing yards through four quarters of football.

Ninth-ranked Wisconsin begins Big Ten play next weekend at Michigan State.

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