Michigan Football: 5 things we learned from win over Wisconsin

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Cade McNamara answered the bell

After last week’s second half against Rutgers, Michigan football fans were worried about Cade McNamara and if he was up to the challenge of winning at Camp Randall.

While he wasn’t perfect, he was more than good enough to win and he proved that this team can win using his right arm more than the running game.

Of course, the rushing attacked helped and set up a flea-flicker touchdown from Cade to Cornelius Johnson. But whether it was on third or fourth down, McNamara was cool. He delivered a strike to Roman Wilson for 38 yards on a third down and following a turnover by the Badgers in the fourth, he threw a gorgeous fade in the end zone to Johnson, who stuck the landing.


McNamara was 17-of-28 for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He also did it with a running game that averaged just 2.5 yards per attempt.

The fact is, McNamara puts points on the board and doesn’t turn the ball over. And he’s the unquestioned starting quarterback after that performance.

That being said, J.J. McCarthy flashed and contributed more as a runner. He’ll have more of a role going forward and he should, but the ship is still Cade’s to steer — he proved that Saturday.