MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The secret is out at No. 11 Wisconsin: Alex Hornibrook will start at quarterback on Saturday against No. 8 Michigan State.

Coach Paul Chryst said Thursday that Hornibrook would take over behind center after Bart Houston started the first three games.

Chryst said he made the decision this week, though Thursday was the first time that he had talked about it publicly.

Hornibrook is a redshirt freshman in his second year in the Wisconsin program under second-year coach Chryst. The left-handed quarterback has showed poise and accuracy in limited time for the Badgers (3-0).

Hornibrook helped jump-start the offense in the second half last week in a 23-17 win over Georgia State. He relieved Houston midway through the third quarter and led three scoring drives.

___

Online: The AP's college football page: http://collegfootball.ap.org