Oct. 12, 2013
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Wisconsin Postgame Notes
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern
Oct. 12, 2013
Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin held Northwestern to its lowest point total since Oct. 28, 2006, a 17-3 loss at No. 2 Michigan.
Northwestern had entered today's game having scored at least 30 points in each of its last seven games, the second-longest active streak in the country. The Wildcats had scored at least 10 points in 78 straight games.
The Badgers are 4-0 at home this season and have outscored their opponents (134-10) this season.
Wisconsin scored on a 71-yard run and a 63-yard pass. The Badgers now have 12 plays of at least 50 yards. Last year UW ranked second nationally in 50-plus yard plays with 15.
The Badgers recorded a season-high seven sacks, with seven different players accounting for the sacks. The last time UW had seven sacks as a team was Oct. 18, 2003 in a 26-23 home loss to Purdue.
Wisconsin allowed just 44 yards rushing. That was Northwestern's fewest rushing yards since Sept. 22, 2007, when it ran for 0 yards in a 58-7 loss to Ohio State. The Wildcats entered today's game averaging 218.4 yards per game.
UW limited Northwestern to convert just 2 of 17 third downs. Through four home games, Badgers' opponents are converting just 20.7 percent of third downs (12-for-58).
Today's attendance of 81,411 was the largest crowd at Camp Randall Stadium since Oct. 11, 2008.
Sophomore RB Melvin Gordon scored on a 71-yard run in the second quarter. It was his third run of at least 70 yards and seventh of at least 30 yards this season. Gordon has scored 13 career touchdowns. Those touchdowns have averaged 35.8 yards per play.
Gordon went over 140 yards rushing for the fifth time in six games this season (172 yards) on a career-high 22 carries. Gordon has (870) yards on (90) carries this season, an average of 9.7 yards per carry.
Coming off a career-high 16-tackle effort at Ohio State, senior LB Chris Borland recorded 10 tackles and 1.0 sack. It was his third double-digit tackle game of the season and 15th of his career. With 364 career tackles, Borland is now tied with Ken Criter (1966-68) for eighth on the Badgers' all-time list.
Senior WR Jared Abbrederis and sophomore QB Joel Stave connected on a 63-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. It was the ninth time they have combined on a pass of at least 40 yards, five of which have gone for TDs.
Abbrederis now has 15 career receptions of at least 40 yards. He ranks third in school history with 21 career touchdown receptions (trailing only Lee Evans' 27 and Tony Simmons' 23). Abbrederis moved into a tie with Travis Beckum for fourth in career receptions with 159 and is third in career receiving yards with 2,705.
Stave finished the game 17-of-28 for 241 yards and a career-high tying three touchdowns.
Senior RB James White finished with 101 yards rushing on 19 carries, the 13th 100-yard game of his career. He has NEVER rushed for 100 yards in a game by himself. All 13 games have been part of multiple 100-yard rushers for UW. Wisconsin is 13-0 when he rushes for 100 yards or more.
White also scored his 37th career rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
Senior TE Jacob Pedersen scored on a 1-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. It was the 16th TD reception of Pedersen's career, moving him into a tie for seventh place on UW's all-time list.
Freshman CB Sojourn Shelton recorded an interception on Northwestern's first possession. It was his third INT of the season.
Sophomore FB Derek Watt scored his first career touchdown, catching a 3-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.