Alex Hornibrook absolutely dominated the BYU Cougars Saturday afternoon, compiling his best start to date, breaking the school record for completion percentage after completing 18-of-19 pass attempts.
After two games in which the offense was slow out of the gate, Hornibrook forcibly put an end to that pattern. The Badgers scored on their first four drives. Hornibrook’s lone incompletion came with around four minutes remaining in the second quarter, and from there he remained perfect, breaking the school record for completion percentage with a 19-yard TD strike to Troy Fumagalli. The previous record was held by Darell Bevell who passed for 17-of-18 in a 1993 game versus Northwestern.
There were many doubters after the Florida Atlantic game on September 9, when Hornibrook completed 16-of-28 with one interception.
“It bugged me a little bit, what people were saying after the game about accuracy and stuff because that’s what I pride myself on,” Hornibrook said of the criticism.
For doubters of Hornibrook’s growth, even after the coaching staff, fellow players and Hornibrook himself had expressed their confidence, this game is the ultimate testament to the future of Wisconsin football. Hornibrook can lead this team to football greatness if he continues his level of play thus far. Above all else, the consistency and reliability that Hornibrook represents allows the offense to produce more organically, and as a result, more dominantly.
“Alex was on point, the receivers were better, the protection was better,” senior tight end Troy Fumagalli said. “I think everything was just a little bit better this week.”