Northwestern couldn’t move the ball against a swarming D and also gave up two long touchdowns.
MADISON, Wis. – A Northwestern staffer tried to hand coach Pat Fitzgerald a stat sheet during his postgame interview Saturday.
“That’s OK,” he replied. “I saw it.”
And lived it. If Wisconsin’s 35-6 victory over the 19th-ranked Wildcats wasn’t the most jarring result of the Fitzgerald era, it was close.
“I hope it gives our guys a punch right in the face,” he said. “Wakes ’em up. It’s hard to win Big Ten football games.”
And impossible when your offense takes the day off. The Wildcats (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten), who had been averaging 39 points and 474 yards a game, ran for only 44 yards and went 2-for-17 on third downs. Wisconsin recorded seven sacks against Northwestern quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian.
“You can kind of feel the offense on their heels. Getting really aggressive is always a good time,” said Badgers linebacker Chris Borland, who had a team-high 10 tackles. “That’s how you play defense.”
Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1) cruised despite losing top receiver Jared Abbrederis to a head injury in the first quarter. Before being sidelined, Abbrederis sprinted past safety Ibraheim Campbell for a 63-yard touchdown, the Badgers’ first of the game.
Later, Melvin Gordon did massive damage on a fly sweep that went for a 71-yard score. Gordon finished with 172 rushing yards for Wisconsin.
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||1|
|St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha||1||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton||3|
|Toronto - WP: S. Delabar||3||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski||2|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver||11||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: D. Smyly||6|
|Atlanta - WP: A. Harang||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: J. Niese||0|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Lackey||4|
|NY Yankees - LP: A. Warren||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. McGee||11|
|Seattle - LP: Y. Medina||4||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: S. Cishek||8|
|Chicago WSox - LP: F. Paulino||0||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: M. Perez||12|
|Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco||0||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas||5|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Pettibone||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: T. Chatwood||12|
|Houston - LP: J. Cosart||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||11|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Cain||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: T. Ross||2|
|Arizona - WP: J. Thatcher||4||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Perez||2|
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