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