If the Badgers are going to muster a comeback and keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison, it’s going to be done with Bart Houston at quarterback.

Hornibrook was knocked out of bounds after a throw in the second quarter. It wasn’t clear what the injury was but it was easy to tell that the quarterback was shaken up after being hit by a couple of Minnesota defenders.

Hornibrook had thrown for 1,214 yards eight TDs and seven INTs coming into the final game of the season. Before leaving the game, he completed 4-of-8 passes for 29 yards and the Gophers took a 17-7 lead into the half.

His replacement, Houston, has thrown for 789 yards, five TDs and three INTs prior to the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe.