Third quarter update: Wisconsin 19, Michigan 7

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As usual, Wisconsin is not winning any style points, and the Michigan offense has started to show a pulse.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez rotated veteran running backs Carlos Brown and Kevin Grady with freshman Sam McGuffie, and the combination seemed to work on a 14-play, 80-yard scoring march.

After a miserable first half, quarterback Steven Threet settled into a mini-rhythm, moving better in the pocket and making more authoritative throws. Threet threw a nice ball to freshman tight end Kevin Koger for a 26-yard touchdown, and Michigan avoided its first home shutout since 1967 against Michigan State. Starting tight end Carson Butler has yet to play and still could be in the doghouse for the punch he threw against Notre Dame.

The Wolverines probably don't have enough firepower to come all the way back, but their defense is keeping them close. Wisconsin doesn't have top tight ends Travis Beckum and Garrett Graham, but the offense gained only 34 yards in the third quarter, all on the ground.

Quarterback Allan Evridge has shown a greater willingness to run, though an option call on third-and-1 from the Michigan 37-yard line was a head-scratcher. He's also getting no help from his receivers, who have continued their preseason habit of dropping passes.