Non-conference win streak reaches 33 games

The Sports Xchange

--Wisconsin owns an impressive streak of winning 33 straight regular-season non-conference games. LSU has the longest streak at 38.

--The Badgers have won their first two games of a season for 10 straight years.

--Wisconsin has won five of its last six meetings with Pac-12 conference opponents.

--Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is a master of the non-conference schedule. Bielema is 25-0 in regular-season non-conference games at Wisconsin.

Wisconsin leads 2-0 (last meeting, 2011, 35-0 Wisconsin).

Junior quarterback Danny O'Brien displayed a good connection with Jared Abbrederis in the opener. O'Brien threw a pair of touchdown passes to Abbrederis. He completed 19-of-23 passes for 219 yards. O'Brien finished his debut in a UW uniform with a pass efficiency mark of 191.3 -- the second-best ever by UW quarterback in his first start. Russell Wilson posted a 292.46 last year in the opener.

Wisconsin's defense allowed three late touchdowns in a row against Northern Iowa to mask an otherwise solid performance. The UW defense struggled stopping the pass, but did a solid job containing the run. Northern Iowa finished with 41 yards rushing, averaging 2.0 yards per carry.

"I was pretty upbeat Saturday after the game. I definitely was strong about being able to finish out games. I made reference to two other games in the world of college football where I think maybe the apparent better team didn't really finish out a game and lost because of it. I gave our guys on Sunday the speech: Every college football weekend, half the teams in the world of college football lose, and that's just fact. And so for us to be able to get through that game and win it, because there's a lot of teams in this country that if put in that exact same situation would lose that football game." -- UW coach Bret Bielema on his postgame talk after the opener.

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