12:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004
Camp Randall Stadium, MADISON, WI
MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Seventh-ranked Wisconsin will be without one of its key defensive players Saturday when it hosts rested Northwestern in a Big Ten Conference contest.
The Badgers (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) lost stellar defensive end Erasmus James to an ankle injury in a 20-17 comeback win at then-No. 5 Purdue last Saturday.
Wisconsin trailed, 17-7, with eight minutes remaining and were behind by three points when Scott Starks picked up a fumble by Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton and ran 40 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 left.
One of seven unbeaten teams, the Badgers lead the nation in scoring (8.0) and are second in total defense (222.4). They have allowed a national-best five touchdowns this season.
Northwestern (3-3, 2-1) is coming off a bye week following its 31-24 double-overtime triumph over Indiana on October 9.
Noah Herron, who had a career-high 197 yards rushing, scored the last of his three TDs in the extra period for the Wildcats, who are 2-1 in overtime games this season, having lost at Texas Christian and beaten Ohio State. Herron also scored the winning TD against the Buckeyes.
The Wildcats have won two in a row over the Badgers and have not lost to them since 1999. Last year, Northwestern posted a 17-7 home win.
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