Wisconsin takes down Northwestern 21-7, wins in Evanston for the first time since 1999

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.

Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone out for the rest of the season

MADISON | Wisconsin will not have the services of kicker Rafael Gaglianone for the rest of the season.

The team announced Thursday that the junior underwent back surgery earlier in the day.

“You’re disappointed for Rafael because of all the work he’s put in and how well he was playing,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said in a press release. “From a football perspective, I’ve appreciated the way the other guys in that unit have responded this week.”

Senior Andrew Endicott will take Gaglianone’s kicking duties moving forward. He made his first career field goal last week against Michigan State, hitting from 41 yards out. Endicott also missed an extra point.

Gaglianone’s injury is a significant blow for Wisconsin. He’s been responsible for four game-winning kicks over the last three years, including a 47-yarder this season against then-No. 5 LSU in the opener. For the year, Gaglianone was 7 of 8 on field goals before missing last week’s upset of the Spartans.

Because Gaglianone played in just three games this season, the native of Brazil is eligible for a medical redshirt, which if granted, would give him two more years to play at Wisconsin.