ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Shea Patterson had his best day running the ball and was pretty good at throwing it, too.
Patterson accounted for 214 yards of offense and a touchdown, leading No. 12 Michigan to a 38-13 victory over No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday night.
The Wolverines, who rushed for 320 yards, called some plays designed for Patterson, and that created problems for the Badgers. And sometimes, Patterson simply ran on his own after scrambling around.
"It opens up a lot for your offense," coach Jim Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) beat a ranked conference team for the first time since topping the Badgers two years ago. They have won six straight games since opening this season with a seven-point loss to then-No. 12 Notre Dame and remain tied atop the Big Ten East with Ohio State.
With games coming up against rival Michigan State on the road and at No. 8 Penn State, no one in the maize and blue was in a mood to celebrate the big win over the Badgers.
"It's just a start," said Michigan's Karan Higdon, who ran for 105 yards and a score that broke a scoreless tie early in the second quarter.
The Badgers (4-2, 2-1) had won a record 17 straight regular-season Big Ten games, and 10 consecutive road games in and out of conference play.
"We certainly didn't do enough things throughout the course of the game to give ourselves a chance to beat them," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said.
Patterson, who had an 81-yard run, scored on a 7-yard run and connected on a two-point conversion pass to put Michigan up 21-7 early in the third. The possibly pivotal drive was extended when the Badgers were called for roughing snapper Camaron Cheeseman on a punt.
Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook had perhaps the worst game of his career.
The senior was 7-for-20 for 100 yards with one touchdown pass. He threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a score by Lavert Hill that gave Michigan a 31-7 lead with 9:55 left to play.
Jonathan Taylor, who entered the game leading the nation with 169.8 yards rushing yards per game, ran for 101 yards on 17 carries.