Badgers name Houston starting QB

Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Bart Houston throws a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin is going with senior Bart Houston as the starting quarterback for the marquee season opener against No. 5 LSU.

Coach Paul Chryst announced the decision Thursday night. Houston won the competition against redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook.

Houston will make his first career start on Sept. 3 against the Tigers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

He was a backup to Joel Stave the last few seasons, and appeared in 15 games overall.

Houston’s most extensive action came last season on Oct. 24 in a 24-13 win at Ilinois, when he went 22 of 32 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in relief of an injured Stave.

Chryst says that both Houston and Hornibrook improved through preseason camp, and that Houston "earned the right" to get the start.