Wisconsin’s defense carried the Badgers once again to victory, beating Northwestern for the first time on the road since 1999.
The energy was low for most of the 11-7 game with big plays few and far between. The stands, populated mostly with Wisconsin fans, were not nearly as loud of crowds at any other Big Ten venue.
In the first quarter, the biggest play was a missed field goal by Andrew Endicott, who was coming off of last week’s game that saw him miss a potential game-winning field goal and then an extra point in overtime.
Wisconsin’s defense continued there dominate ways as the secondary continued to play well. On Northwestern’s first drive, Luben Figaro broke up a pass on third down, forcing a punt.
On the day, Wisconsin’s defense would hold Northwestern’s offense to 5-18 on third downs.
With Wisconsin still employing a two-quarterback system, Bart Houston would check in for his first drive of the day in the second quarter. On his first pass attempt, he would find Jazz Peavy for 32 yards. That would set up Andrew Endicott for a 40-yard field goal and this time he would not miss.
The two quarterbacks, Houston and starter Alex Hornibrook, would be relatively ineffective on the day. Although Houston averaged 17 yards a pass, he only got three attempts. Hornibrook would go 11 for 19 gaining 92 yards.
On the day, Peavy would get 119 total yards on the day and also add a touchdown.
On the next Wisconsin drive, the Badgers would look to diversify the running game, employing the end around. Jazz Peavy, who has seen success running the ball this year, would find a big hole. He would take the run, cris-crossing down the field for a 46-yard touchdown.
Going for it on fourth down, knocking on the door near the red-zone, Northwestern would go for it on fourth down late in the first half. On a dump off pass, the Wildcats would gain 28 yards. On the next play, Thorson would find Austin Carr for a 13-yard touchdown.
Wisconsin led 10-7 at the half.
Kicking off the second half scoring, Endicott would drill a 28-yard field goal. The kick was set up by a third down, 15 yard pass to George Rushing.
With Northwestern still only down six, they began marching down the field. A 32-yard pass to Carr would set up the Wildcats with a great chance to score. Wisconsin’s defense continued to carry the team though.
Conor Sheehy would pouch the ball out as Thorson was trying to throw the ball away. Dixon would pick up the ball and give the offense control.
In Bart Houston’s third drive of the game, Wisconsin would seal the game. Marching down the field on a solid rush attack, Clement would punch in a touchdown from the two-yard line. Fullback Alec Ingold would get the two-point conversion, and Wisconsin took a 21-7 win.