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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Badgers Upset by Northwestern 48-51

Wisconsin's Brian Calhoun became the first Wisconsin player with more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game, carrying 23 times for 122 and catching 11 passes for 128. Stocco was 24-of-31 for 326 yards with two interceptions and four touchdowns -- all to Jonathan Orr.

Northwestern's scoring streak started when Joel Howell kicked a 21-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the first half and ended when Sutton fumbled with 3:31 left in the game. In between, the Wildcats scored six touchdowns.

"Playing a top-15 football team in the country, not a small achievement," Northwestern coach Randy Walker said of the victory. "But we do have a way of making it interesting. 'Why can't we do this easy?' I kept saying in the fourth quarter."

Although Northwestern scored touchdowns on all four of its possessions in the third quarter, Wisconsin stayed in the game.

Northwestern drove 80 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter. A 45-yard run by Sutton put the ball on the Wisconsin 24. Basanez then had a clear path to the end zone when he tripped at the 4, but he connected with Mark Philmore on the next play to pull to 17-16.

Wisconsin blocked the extra point, but the lead disappeared on Northwestern's next possession. Sutton ran for a 1-yard score, capping a 73-yard drive that put the Wildcats ahead 23-17.

The teams combined for three touchdowns in the final 2:22 of the quarter, starting with Basanez's 52-yard touchdown pass to Kim Thompson that made it 30-20.

Calhoun answered with a 1-yard touchdown run that pulled Wisconsin to within three.

After an 81-yard kickoff return by Gerard Hamlett, Sutton ran it in from the 14 to make it 37-27.

A 9-yard scoring pass from Basanez to Sutton made it 44-34 early in the fourth, and Wisconsin punted on its next possession. The teams had combined to score on seven consecutive drives.

"We were OK at the half," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said, referring to a 17-10 lead. "They didn't have the ball much, and I didn't think there were any major things we had to correct. ... I would have been pleased to play like we did in the first half."


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