EVANSTON, Ill. — Wisconsin’s defense played up to its standard and the offense did enough in a 21-7 victory — their first at Northwestern since 1999.
A first half largely dominated by Wisconsin ended with the Badgers leading just 10-7 thanks to a late Northwestern scoring drive.
The Wildcats had 91 yards of offense when they took the field at their own 13-yard line with 1:35 left. It took them just a minute to move 87 yards in eight plays, with quarterback Clayton Thorson finding Austin Carr for a 13-yard touchdown.
Following a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter by Andrew Endicott gave Wisconsin a 13-7 lead, Northwestern was driving once again as the fourth quarter began, making it all the way to Wisconsin’s 19-yard line. But the Wildcats were called for a hold on first down, and then on third-and-21 Thorson fumbled on a hit buy Conor Sheehy and the Badgers recovered.
That set up a 9-play, 45-yard touchdown drive by Wisconsin, finished off by Corey Clement with a 3-yard run. They converted the 2-point conversion to get a 14-point lead that proved insurmountable.
A year after being held to -26 yards rushing, the Badgers running game was productive on Saturday, rolling up 190 yards, led by Clement’s 106. Sophomore Bradrick Shaw added 54.
The game served as release of frustration for wide receiver Jazz Peavy. The junior thought he had the game-winning touchdown a year ago against Northwestern but it was overturned on replay. This time around he was a huge weapon, leading Wisconsin in receiving with four catches for 73 yards and added a beautiful 46-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He ended up with 110 total yards.
The Wisconsin defense forced the one turnover and also had three fourth down stops, limiting Northwestern to 316 yards and just 5 of 18 on third down.
The win was Wisconsin’s third straight and leaves them 4-2 in Big Ten play with games against Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota still left on the schedule.