NCAAF Game Recap - Northwestern at Wisconsin
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Sep 28, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Northwestern (1-3)

3

0

0

12

15

(8) Wisconsin (4-0)

7

0

7

10

24

Taylor, defense lead No. 8 Badgers past Northwestern 24-15
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:19 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Jonathan Taylor has had his fair share of struggles against Northwestern. The going was tough against the Wildcats again on Saturday, but Wisconsin's Heisman Trophy contender helped the eighth-ranked Badgers stay unbeaten with some bullish yards.

Taylor ran for 119 yards and his 11th touchdown of the season, Wisconsin got two scores from its defense, and the Badgers defeated the Wildcats 24-15.

"(I'm) proud of the way the guys battled and fought against a really good football team, a team that we've always had tough games with," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said.

Taylor carried 26 times to help Wisconsin (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) avenge its 31-17 loss to the Wildcats last season.

"We know we haven't arrived yet," said Taylor, who had just 46 yards and two fumbles in last year's defeat. "... We knew, coming into this game, it wouldn't be easy at all. So one of the biggest things was just making sure every single week, wherever we're playing at, we have the correct preparation and we have a great week of practice so that we can execute and come out with the win."

Taylor reached 100 yards rushing for the 26th time in 31 career games and moved into fourth place on the Badgers' career rushing list (4,730).

After allowing 81 yards rushing through the first three games, the Wisconsin defense surrendered 97 yards on the ground to Northwestern (1-3, 0-2).

The Badgers' defense sacked backup quarterback Aidan Smith twice and starter Hunter Johnson three times, including one by safety Eric Burrell that caused a fumble by Johnson in the end zone. Matt Henningsen recovered to make it 14-3 in the third quarter for Wisconsin. Noah Burks added the other defensive score after intercepting Smith and returning it 68 yards down the Wisconsin sideline.

"Ball is floating in the air, first thing: catch the ball," said Burks on what he was thinking on his touchdown. "Make sure that I secure it and from there look up field and try to run as fast as I can and get the yardage that I can. Luckily, I got some pretty good blocks."

Johnson went 10-for-21 and Smith completed 8 of 20 passes and had a late 15-yard touchdown to JJ Jefferson. Drake Anderson had 16 carries for 69 yards and a 4-yard score for the defending Big Ten West champion Wildcats, who dropped their second straight conference game.

"They made the plays in the second half that make the difference in a game," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "For us to give up two turnovers that led to touchdowns, that ends up being the difference in the game."

Charlie Kuhbander had a 29-yard field goal for Northwestern in the first quarter. It marked the first points the Badgers have allowed in the first half this season.

Chris Orr had two sacks and Collin Wilder added another for a Badgers' defense that is allowing just 7.3 points per game through the first four contests.

"I think it's because we are all selfless," Orr said of the defense. "Nobody is trying to do more than they need to do. Everybody is doing their job and doing it well. That's all. That's all you need to do to be a great defense."

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: Defensively, the Wildcats, like last season, made it hard for the Wisconsin offense. But a loose offensive line and a lack of production at the quarterback position will continue to haunt the Wildcats' offense.

"I thought our defense gave us every opportunity to win the game and I'm really proud of those guys," Fitzgerald said.

Wisconsin: Jack Coan won his sixth straight start, but needed the Badgers' defense to have a big day to overcome his lackluster showing. The defense responded, as Coan finished 15-for-21 with 113 yards and an interception by Northwestern defensive back JR Pace.

"I'm really grateful. We owe them one," Coan said of his teammates on the other side of the ball.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With one of the top running backs in the history of college football and a stout defense, No. 8 Wisconsin continues to prove it is one of the top teams in the country and deserves to be on the short list of programs that can seriously contend for a spot in this season's College Football Playoff.

STREAK SNAPPED

The Wildcats had won eight straight Big Ten road games entering the day. Northwestern's last road loss in conference play also came against the Badgers on Sept. 30, 2017.

TOP-10 BADGERS

Wisconsin now has won five straight against Northwestern when ranked in the top 10 of The Associated Press Top 25 poll .

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Plays Nebraska on Oct. 5 on the road.

Wisconsin: Hosts Kent State on Oct. 5.

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Passing

NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Smith 20 8 40.0 1 99 19 1 51.9
H. Johnson 21 10 47.6 0 59 12 0 54.3
Wisc Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Coan 24 15 62.5 0 113 19 1 56.4

Rushing

NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. McGowan 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Anderson 16 68 4.3 31 1
Wisc Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Taylor 26 119 4.6 15 1
G. Groshek 2 6 3.0 6 0

Receiving

NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Lees 5 59 11.8 19 0
J. Jefferson 3 38 12.7 15 1
Wisc Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Groshek 4 31 7.8 13 0
Q. Cephus 3 30 10.0 19 0

Fumbles

NW F FL
A. Smith 1 1
Wisc F FL
J. Taylor 1 0

Returning

NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 0 - 0 0 3 5.0 0 17
J. Jefferson 0 - 0 0 2 10.0 0 13
Wisc KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Dunn 0 - 0 0 3 1.0 0 3
A. Cruickshank 2 34.5 0 44 0 - 0 0

Punting

NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Kubiuk 10 396 39.6 50
Wisc Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Lotti 9 359 39.9 50

Takeaways

NW Int Yds InTD
J. Pace 1 0 0
Wisc Int Yds InTD
N. Burks 1 68 1
M. Henningsen 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

NW Wisc
Points For 15 24
Total Yards 255 243
Rushing Yards 97 130
Passing Yards 158 113
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/41 15/24
Turnovers 3 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 2/1
First Downs 21 13
Penalties - Yards 4/23 7/79
Time Of Possession 39:39 21:21
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/20 4/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 10/40 9/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NW Wisc
Wisc 5:44 TD Jonathan Taylor 13 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 0 7
NW 13:23 FG Charlie Kuhbander 29 yd FG 3 7
2nd Quarter NW Wisc
No scores this quarter
3rd Quarter NW Wisc
Wisc 12:26 TD Matt Henningsen 0 yd fumble return (Collin Larsh kick) 3 14
4th Quarter NW Wisc
Wisc 2:02 FG Collin Larsh 36 yd FG 3 17
Wisc 3:31 TD Noah Burks 68 yd interception return (Collin Larsh kick) 3 24
NW 6:15 TD Drake Anderson 4 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 9 24
NW 10:50 TD JJ Jefferson 15 yd pass from Aidan Smith (failed 2pt pass) 15 24

Game Information

Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
Attendance: 76,825
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