Northwestern vs. Wisconsin: Live Score and Highlights
Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6—Final
It was a no-contest in Madison on Saturday afternoon as the Wisconsin Badgers streamrolled the No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats 35-6.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss against Ohio State, the Wildcats (4-2, 0-2) clearly showed signs of a hangover and failed to muster a single score in the second half. They didn't stand a chance in the trenches, and that was ultimately the difference in the game.
For the fourth time this season, Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1) saw two players go over 100 rushing yards. Quarterback Joel Stave missed some throws, but only one of his two interceptions was his fault, and he wound up throwing for 245 yards and three touchdowns.
The lone bright spot for Northwestern? Its defense was able to force three turnovers, which was the only reason the Wildcats were able to get on the board.
Injuries affected both sides, as the Badgers lost receiver Jared Abbrederis to a head injury in the first half and Northwestern lost quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark to lower-body injuries early on, as well.
With the loss, the Wildcats are essentially eliminated from Big Ten title contention, while the Badgers still face an uphill battle if they want to return to Indianapolis for a third straight season.
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Here it is—sink your teeth into this, the ten things we learned from the Badgers' victory over Northwestern.
Some stats from today's ball game.
Aside from Wisconsin only scoring half of what it did three years ago against Northwestern, not much has changed during that time span. The power running game of Wisconsin simply overpowered the Wildcats defense, and the battle in the trenches was dominated by the Badger defense as well.
UPDATE: During the postgame interview, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said that Jared Abbrederis (head) would be ready to play next week.
That's all, folks. Northwestern runs the clock out, and the Badgers absolutely clobber the Wildcats on Homecoming Day.
Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6 — Final
Joel Stave with his best Johnny Manziel impersonation, but it results in a fourth-down incompletion. There's just over a minute remaining before Northwestern is put out of its misery.
James White and Melvin Gordon are both over 100 yards rushing, but White paid the price on his last carry. He jogs off and appears to be all right, but it should be solely Clement in the backfield moving forward.
In comes third-string running back and true freshman Corey Clement, signifying that the game is in hand. Naturally, he plows forward for 11 yards on his first carry.
The Badgers only had seven sacks in their first five games. They have seven sacks today.
True freshman Jakarrie Washington is in the game for Hillary.
This isn't what Wisconsin wants to see. After Northwestern converts a fourth down, nickel corner Darius Hillary is down on the ground in obvious pain.
And it's official: Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is also done for the day. With the Wildcats down by 29, there was probably no use in putting him back in the game, anyway.
Total yards: Wisconsin 471, Northwestern 187
After pounding it down Northwestern's throat on the ground, a play-action pass from Stave to fullback Derek Watt results in a three-yard TOUCHDOWN for the Badgers! It's probably safe to say that's your dagger.
Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6 — 12:29 Remaining in 4th Quarter
Northwestern's Big Ten title hopes are crashing down.
Hold up four fingers. There are 15 minutes to play in Madison, but Wisconsin pretty much has this one wrapped up.
Wisconsin 28, Northwestern 6 — End of 3rd Quarter
Punt No. 10 for the Wildcats. Siemian not getting much help from his receivers.
A pretty good analogy for Wisconsin compared to Northwestern today.
Venric Mark is officially done for the day, and Colter's return doesn't appear likely at this point, either. For all the attention Abbrederis' head injury garnered, those are two pivotal losses for Northwestern.
Here comes punt No. 9. Prior to today, Northwestern hadn't punted more than five times in a game.
Yep. There goes Colter back to the locker room.
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