Northwestern 12

(3-4, 2-2 Big Ten)

(6) Wisconsin 24

(8-0, 5-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

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NW 0 0 6 612
#6WIS 3 14 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: B. Basanez (NW) - 185 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Davis (WIS) - 31 CAR, 117 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Charles (WIS) - 4 REC, 83 YDS

Northwestern (3-3) at No. 7 Wisconsin (7-0) 12:00 pm EDT

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.


Passing Leaders

T. Siemian58.22214711
Z. Oliver36.814610
J. Stave57.682764
T. McEvoy58.070956

Rushing Leaders

J. Jackson22110574.88
T. Green642934.60
M. Gordon25421098.325
C. Clement1207416.28

Receiving Leaders

K. Prater5153510.52
D. Vitale3839010.32
A. Erickson3949112.63
S. Arneson2330313.24