MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin and Northwestern play on Saturday, Sept. 30. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
No. 10 Wisconsin is coming off a 40-6 victory against BYU in which Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook completed 18 of 19 passes to set the school’s single-game completion percentage record. Wisconsin freshman RB Jonathan Taylor leads the Big Ten with 146 yards per game. Northwestern defeated Bowling Green 49-7. Both Big Ten teams had a bye last weekend. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
Wisconsin-Northwestern live updates, score
Northwestern had an early lead and led at halftime, 10-7. The third quarter went the Badgers’ way, though, resulting in a 14-0 advantage and the team never trailed after the early stages of the third. Jonathan Taylor didn’t run for over 100 yards, but did amass 80 yards to go along with his two touchdowns on the day. The Badgers are now 4-0 overall and will face Nebraska on the road next week.
FINAL — Wisconsin 33, Northwestern 24
Wisconsin 33, Northwestern 24 (Q4, 0:58): Thorson was in his own end-zone about to throw a pass but got tripped up for a safety.
Wisconsin 31, Northwestern 24 (Q4, 2:54): Northwestern makes it even more interesting with a Thorson TD pass to Garrett Dickerson. The Badgers recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt.
Wisconsin 31, Northwestern 17 (Q4, 4:38): The Wildcats show fight, making it a two-score game on a Thorson TD pass to Ramaud Bowman.
Wisconsin 31, Northwestern 10 (Q4, 9:54): Safety Natrell Jamerson comes up with his second interception of the day, and this was goes for a huge play. Jamerson takes it 36 yards for a touchdown, which should put this game away. Wisconsin’s defense has been tremendous and still has not surrendered a second-half point this season.
Wisconsin 24, Northwestern 10 (Q4, 11:13): Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone drills a 23-yard field goal. With the way Wisconsin’s defense has played so far, it seems difficult to believe Northwestern can muster two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook has been excellent in the third quarter after a poor first half. He’s gotten help from receivers Danny Davis and A.J. Taylor, who both came up with lengthy receptions in the second half.
Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 0 (Q3, 0:00): Wisconsin’s defense struggled early with missed tackles, but that group deserves credit for a tremendous third-quarter performance. Northwestern managed just 23 yards of total offense and will open the fourth quarter with a punt for the fourth consecutive drive this half.
Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 10 (Q3, 5:26): Another impressive drive from Wisconsin’s offense, which has rounded into form just in time. Alex Hornibrook found freshman receiver Danny Davis for a 32-yard gain. Two plays later, Hornibrook threw a 5-yard touchdown to Davis in the back of the end zone. The Badgers finally have a cushion here.
Wisconsin 14, Northwestern 10 (Q3, 9:16): A big-time offensive boost for Wisconsin on its first drive of the second half. Alex Hornibrook connected with Quintez Cephus on a 61-yard pass to the Northwestern 11-yard line. Running back Jonathan Taylor then broke outside and scored an 11-yard touchdown. That has to be huge for Hornibrook’s confidence the rest of this game.
Northwestern 10, Wisconsin 7 (Halftime): That was a poor first half from Wisconsin, but the Badgers’ defense bailed out the offense. Alex Hornibrook completed 5 of 11 passes for 48 yards with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Tailback Jonathan Taylor had it going early but has not taken many carries since. Either way, Wisconsin needs to build a passing game in the second half or this could result in a major early-season Big Ten upset.
Northwestern 10, Wisconsin 7 (Q2, 2:38): Wisconsin’s defense did not look particularly good on the last drive, missing several key tackles. Clayton Thorson throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Green to give the Wildcats the lead. Wisconsin hasn’t been in a four-quarter dog fight yet this season, but this is shaping up to be one of those games.
Wisconsin 7, Northwestern 3 (Q2, 9:16): The Badgers haven’t mustered much of a passing attack. Alex Hornibrook has completed only 2 of 6 passes for 13 yards. Who will step up in Troy Fumagalli’s absence?
Wisconsin 7, Northwestern 3 (Q2, 12:11): Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook had only thrown 1 interception in three games until that last pass. Northwestern safety JR Pace intercepts Hornibrook, and the Wildcats will take over at their own 44-yard line. The Badgers’ passing game looks out of sorts, and you have to wonder how much not having tight end Troy Fumagalli affects their plans.
Wisconsin 7, Northwestern 3 (Q1, 0:00): Pretty entertaining first quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Northwestern never makes it easy for Wisconsin, and the Wildcats look like they’ll be in this game until the end. Northwestern is driving in Wisconsin territory, and quarterback Clayton Thorson has completed all 5 of his passing attempts so far.
Wisconsin 7, Northwestern 3 (Q1, 4:13): Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor continues a spectacular start to his career with a 7-yard rushing touchdown. Taylor already has 8 carries for 50 yards. It’s easy to see why he was officially named a starter this week. If he stays healthy, he could produce one of the greatest careers by a Wisconsin running back, and that’s saying something. He consistently makes the first defender miss and then drags players with him.
Northwestern 3, Wisconsin 0 (Q1, 13:25): Northwestern kicker Charlie Kuhbander drills a 34-yard field goal to give the Wildcats an early lead. Wisconsin’s defense did well to hold with a short field. Let’s see if the offense. can respond from the early turnover.
Wisconsin 0, Northwestern 0 (Q1, 14:52): Not a good start for Wisconsin. Wide receiver Jazz Peavy catches the first pass of the game but fumbles the ball away. Peavy had only 4 catches through the team’s first three games but stood to benefit today with tight end Troy Fumagalli sidelined.
10:27 a.m.: Badgers left guard Jon Dietzen is on the field and stretching for pregame warmups. That’s notable because Dietzen was listed as questionable on the injury report this week. He was not able to play two weeks ago against BYU, which elevated Micah Kapoi into a starting role.
10:24 a.m.: Here’s my Facebook Live pregame update from the Camp Randall Stadium press box. I discuss the injury to tight end Troy Fumagalli and offer my three keys to the game and a final score prediction.
9:08 a.m.: A significant development here before kickoff. Wisconsin will be without tight end Troy Fumagalli because of a left leg injury, according to school officials. Fumagalli leas the Badgers in receptions (15) and receiving yards (236) and is tied for the team lead with 3 touchdown catches. This is a big opportunity for Kyle Penniston and Zander Neuville.
8:35 a.m.: Check out our video of Wisconsin’s team entering Camp Randall Stadium. We’re about 2 1/2 hours from kickoff for Wisconsin’s Big Ten opener against Northwestern.
Wisconsin-Northwestern game time, details
- Time: 12 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 30
- Location: Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.
- Weather: Sunny skies with high of 66 degrees.
- The line: Wisconsin -14 1/2
Which TV channel is showing Wisconsin-Northwestern
The Wisconsin-Northwestern game will be televised on ABC.
How can I watch Wisconsin-Northwestern online?
The Wisconsin-Northwestern game can be viewed online via WatchESPN.com or on the ESPN mobile app
How can I listen to Wisconsin-Northwestern on the radio?
Wisconsin fans can listen to the game on the Badger Sports Network. In Madison, the network is WIBA 1310 AM and 101.5FM. The game can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 135 and XM Satellite radio channel 195. Fans can listen online at BadgerSportsNetwork.com or from the iHeartRadio mobile app (search WIBA). For Wisconsin fans, the full list of radio affiliates can be found here. Northwestern games are broadcast by 720 WGN here.
Who is calling the game for ABC?
Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Brock Huard (analyst), Allison Williams (sideline reporter)
Wisconsin and Northwestern have developed a competitive West division rivalry, with the Wildcats beating the Badgers in two of the last three seasons.
In 2014, Northwestern edged Wisconsin 20-14 in Evanston despite Badgers running back Melvin Gordon’s 259 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy was replaced by Joel Stave, who made his first appearance of the season and threw 3 interceptions.
In 2015, Northwestern defeated Wisconsin 13-7 at Camp Randall Stadium in controversial fashion. Stave appeared to throw the game-winning 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jazz Peavy. But despite taking a couple steps in the end zone with the ball, officials ruled Peavy did not complete the catch.
Last season, Wisconsin posted a 21-7 victory against Northwestern in Evanston. Badgers running back Corey Clement rushed for 106 yards with 1 touchdown, and Peavy added a 46-yard rushing score.
The matchup this season will go a long way toward helping Wisconsin (3-0) create some early separation in the Big Ten West division race. The Badgers are the overwhelming favorite in the West and have primarily looked the part during nonconference play.
Northwestern began the season with a 31-20 victory against Nevada before losing 41-17 at Duke. The Wildcats hammered Bowling Green 49-7 to close nonconference play.
Wisconsin has dominated Northwestern in the series, which dates back to 1890. The Badgers lead 58-35-5, including last year’s 21-7 win. However, Northwestern did beat a ranked Wisconsin team the two previous seasons: 13-7 in 2015 and 20-14 in 2014.
The Badgers’ best run in the series was from 1972 to 1984, when Wisconsin won 13 in a row against the Wildcats. Northwestern’s best run was from 1929 to 1937, when the Wildcats beat the Badgers six times in a row.
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