ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Ticker) -- No. 10 Michigan tries to continue three decades of dominance against Wisconsin on Saturday when the Wolverines host the Badgers in their final home game of the season.
Michigan (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) has won four straight, 14 of 16 and 28 and their last 31 contests against Wisconsin. Last year's 20-17 victory at Camp Randall Stadium was symbolic of how the series has gone.
The Wolverines were forced to punt with under 30 seconds remaining, but the ball hit the back of a Wisconsin player and Michigan cornerback Brandon Willians recovered the fumble. Hayden Epstein kicked a 31-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining for the game winner.
Michigan kept alive its slim Big Ten title hopes last week with a 41-24 victory over Minnesota. John Navarre passed for 225 yards to join Tom Brady (1998-99) and Todd Collins (1993-94) as the only Wolverines quarterbacks to throw for more than 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
Fullback B.J. Askew recorded his second straight 100-yard game, rushing for 126 yards on 11 carries, including a career-high 59-yard touchdown scamper in a 24-point third quarter. The previous week, Askew ran for a personal-best 149 yards in a 49-3 rout of Michigan State.
Michigan, gunning for a seventh straight New Year's Day bowl bid, hopes to avoid looking ahead to next week's showdown at Ohio State.
If Minnesota upsets Iowa and Michigan gets past Wisconsin, the Wolverines will have a chance to play for a share of the conference title against the Buckeyes.
Wisconsin (6-5, 1-5) is closing a once-promising season on a disappointing note. The Badgers are coming off a 37-20 setback to Illinois and have dropped five of six since opening the campaign 5-0.
Wisconsin was without running back Anthony Davis, who missed the game after getting stabbed in a domestic incident. Davis, who joined Ron Dayne as the only Wisconsin players to rush for 1,000 yards in their first two seasons, is expected to play against the Wolverines.
The Badgers need to win one of their remaining two games to avoid a second consecutive losing season, something that has not happened at Wisconsin since 1991-1992.
Michigan leads the all-time series, 46-10-1, and has a 24-6 edge in Ann Arbor.
Due to the Big Ten's rotating schedule, the teams do not play again until 2005.