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No. 10 Wisconsin holds off Northwestern for 33-24 win

MADISON, Wis. (AP) What looked like another second-half runaway turned into nail-biting final few minutes for No. 10 Wisconsin.

The defense caught its breath and came up with one more big play.

Jonathan Taylor ran for two touchdowns to help the offense overcome a sluggish start and the Badgers swarmed Northwestern before holding on for a 33-24 win on Saturday.

''We knew it was going to be a hard one,'' Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. ''There (are) a lot of lessons to be learned in this one.''

Alex Hornibrook threw for 197 yards and a touchdown, settling down after two interceptions on deep balls in the first half. Garrett Dooley had three of Wisconsin's eight sacks.

Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) stood up the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) late to seal the win in each team's conference opener.

The Badgers led 31-10 with 9:54 to go on safety Natrell Jamerson's 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.

It looked good for Wisconsin then since its defense hadn't allowed any second-half points all season.

But Northwestern finally got its offense going, scoring two quick touchdowns to close the gap to 31-24. Wisconsin then went three-and-out, but Anthony Lotti's perfect pooch punt was downed by Jamerson at the 2.

Two plays later, quarterback Clayton Thorson couldn't find a receiver out of his own end zone and was sacked by D'Cota Dixon for a safety with 58 seconds left.

''I was a little shocked,'' Dixon said about how long Thorson held on to the ball.

The mobile Thorson was outside the pocket, where he can do damage. Unfortunately, he was working from his own end zone.

''There (are) no ifs, ands or buts about it,'' Thorson said. ''I've got to throw it away.''

Northwestern's fourth-quarter flurry overshadowed what was an otherwise dominating day for Wisconsin's defense.

Jamerson finished with two interceptions. The front seven applied withering pressure most of the afternoon. Northwestern running back Justin Jackson was held to 25 yards on nine carries.

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: Things looked so good for the Wildcats at halftime, up 10-7 on a Wisconsin team having trouble holding on to the ball. Momentum changed in the third quarter. The offensive line couldn't pick up Wisconsin's pressures. The running game was bottled up in the third for minus-10 yards on seven carries. And the defense got burned by big plays. At least Northwestern mounted a late but futile comeback on the road, two games after a blowout defeat at Duke in Week 2.

''These (are) two losses where we have the same recipe, an inability to pick up third downs,'' coach Pat Fitzgerald said. ''Today, obviously, it was a combination of our protection. It was a combination of our throwing. It was a combination of our calls. ... Credit Wisconsin, they did a nice job.''

Wisconsin: Coordinator Jim Leonhard spiced up his defense just in time for Big Ten play, throwing different stunts and looks at Northwestern to get to Thorson for three sacks in the pivotal third quarter. The secondary was active all afternoon, breaking up short timing patterns.

Chryst said both sides of the ball could have prevented the late letdown. Dixon said he thought the defense may have relaxed a little after the Badgers went up by 21.

''We got a little bit too lax, that was the only thing I was disappointed about,'' Dixon said.

BIG PLAY

On third-and-3, Hornibrook hit Quintez Cephus on a 61-yard pass to the Northwestern 11 on the Badgers' first drive of the third quarter. Taylor scored on the next play to give Wisconsin the lead for good, 14-10 with 9:16 left in the third.

''I think we had a fire lit underneath us,'' Hornibrook said about the offense's third-quarter awakening.

RUN GAME

Northwestern: Jackson had a leg injury that prevented him from practicing all week. ''To see him even out here to play shows his toughness. He's a pretty tough kid,'' Fitzgerald said.

Wisconsin: Taylor, a freshman, finished with 80 yards on 19 carries. He was especially impressive in the first quarter, showing shiftiness in the hole to go with a burst of speed and the ability to break tackles.

STAT LINES

Dixon had a team-high 12 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. ... Hornibrook was 11 of 20. Thorson finished 29 of 45 for 219 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions.

''We've got to do a better job of protecting him,'' tight end Garrett Dickerson said. ''He can sling. We've just got to give him more time to.''

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Hosts Penn State on Oct. 7.

Wisconsin: Visits Nebraska on Oct. 7.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Safety 1:05
18-C.Thorson sacked at NW End Zone for -9 yards to NW End Zone for no gain safety (14-D.Dixon).
plays
yds
pos
24
33
Point After TD 2:53
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
31
Touchdown 2:53
18-C.Thorson complete to 9-G.Dickerson. 9-G.Dickerson runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
55
yds
01:28
pos
23
31
Point After TD 4:46
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
31
Touchdown 4:46
18-C.Thorson complete to 81-R.Chiaokhiao-Bowman. 81-R.Chiaokhiao-Bowman runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
101
yds
05:08
pos
16
31
Point After TD 9:54
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
31
Touchdown 10:06
18-C.Thorson incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 12-N.Jamerson at NW 36. 12-N.Jamerson runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
73
yds
01:06
pos
10
30
Field Goal 11:17
27-R.Gaglianone 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
44
yds
03:36
pos
10
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:26
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
21
Touchdown 5:26
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 6-D.Davis. 6-D.Davis runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
38
yds
01:42
pos
10
20
Point After TD 9:16
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 9:16
23-J.Taylor runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
79
yds
01:59
pos
10
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:38
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 2:38
18-C.Thorson complete to 84-C.Green. 84-C.Green runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
15
plays
54
yds
06:38
pos
9
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:13
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 4:13
23-J.Taylor runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
47
yds
03:48
pos
3
6
Field Goal 13:30
14-C.Kuhbander 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
8
yds
01:22
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 13
Rushing 4 7
Passing 14 6
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 3-15 3-11
4th Down Conv 2-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 194 297
Total Plays 79 57
Avg Gain 2.5 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 25 109
Rush Attempts 34 37
Avg Rush Yards 0.7 2.9
Net Yards Passing 169 188
Comp. - Att. 29-45 11-20
Yards Per Pass 3.8 9.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 8-50 2-9
Penalties - Yards 5-50 5-47
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 0 1
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 7-39.1 6-40.8
Return Yards 6 94
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-30
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-24
Int. - Returns 2-6 2-40
Kicking 4/4 5/5
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Safeties 0 1
1234T
Northwestern 2-2 3701424
10 Wisconsin 4-0 70141233
169 PASS YDS 188
25 RUSH YDS 109
194 TOTAL YDS 297
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 219 3 2 118.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.1% 1061 7 5 136.1
C. Thorson 29/45 219 3 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Larkin 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 102 1
J. Larkin 7 37 0 12
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
64 273 4
J. Jackson 9 25 0 8
Je. Brown 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 30 1
Je. Brown 1 3 0 3
J. Moten IV 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 23 0
J. Moten IV 3 2 0 5
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 -41 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 -38 2
C. Thorson 13 -41 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 149 0
F. Nagel 5 52 0 16
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 122 2
R. Lees 3 49 0 24
B. Skowronek 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 256 2
B. Skowronek 5 38 0 13
G. Dickerson 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 26 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 214 1
G. Dickerson 4 26 1 12
J. Larkin 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 58 0
J. Larkin 3 17 0 9
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 103 0
J. Jackson 4 16 0 8
J. Prather 44 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
J. Prather 1 9 0 9
M. Wilson 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 98 1
M. Wilson 1 7 0 7
C. Green 84 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 18 1
C. Green 2 3 1 2
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 1
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 1 2 1 2
J. James 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. James 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Gaziano 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Gaziano 1-0 1.0 0
T. Williams 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
P. Fisher 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Fisher 1-0 0.0 0
S. Miller 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
S. Miller 1-0 1.0 0
G. Igwebuike 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
G. Igwebuike 0-0 0.0 1
J. Pace 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Pace 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Kuhbander 14 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
3/4 15/15
C. Kuhbander 1/1 34 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
H. Niswander 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 39.1 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 45.7 1
H. Niswander 7 39.1 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55% 197 1 2 134.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 898 9 3 176.8
A. Hornibrook 11/20 197 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 80 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 518 7
J. Taylor 19 80 2 11
B. Shaw 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 137 1
B. Shaw 9 34 0 9
A. Ramesh 20 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 21 1
A. Ramesh 2 7 0 4
C. James 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 137 0
C. James 1 2 0 2
J. Peavy 11 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
J. Peavy 1 0 0 0
Q. Cephus 87 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
Q. Cephus 1 -3 0 -3
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 -40 0
A. Hornibrook 2 -9 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Q. Cephus 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 99 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 233 3
Q. Cephus 4 99 0 61
D. Davis 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 50 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 152 1
D. Davis 3 50 1 32
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 105 1
A. Taylor 1 33 0 33
K. Penniston 49 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 28 0
K. Penniston 1 14 0 14
C. James 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 27 0
C. James 1 2 0 2
Z. Neuville 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 33 1
Z. Neuville 0 0 0 0
J. Peavy 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
J. Peavy 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
G. Dooley 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 3.0
G. Dooley 2-2 3.0 0
A. James 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. James 1-0 1.0 0
D. Dixon 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 1.5
D. Dixon 1-1 1.5 0
C. Orr 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Orr 1-0 1.0 0
I. Loudermilk 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
I. Loudermilk 1-0 1.0 0
N. Jamerson 12 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 2 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 2 0.5
N. Jamerson 0-1 0.5 2
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gaglianone 27 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
4/5 21/21
R. Gaglianone 1/1 23 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lotti 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 40.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 41.1 3
A. Lotti 6 40.8 3 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Jamerson 12 S
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 3.0 4 0
N. Jamerson 2 3.0 4 0
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 25.0 18 0
A. Taylor 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Nelson 11 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 10.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 5.8 17 0
N. Nelson 3 10.0 17 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 WISC 24 1:22 3 8 FG
10:07 NWEST 7 1:58 4 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:13 NWEST 25 3:39 9 43 INT
12:11 NWEST 44 1:09 3 9 Punt
9:16 WISC 44 6:38 15 44 TD
1:47 NWEST 31 0:13 3 0 Punt
0:21 NWEST 20 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NWEST 25 3:35 9 24 Punt
9:16 NWEST 25 1:55 5 4 Punt
5:26 NWEST 25 0:40 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:21 NWEST 16 1:02 3 -4 Punt
11:12 NWEST 25 1:06 3 2 INT
9:54 NWEST 25 5:08 15 75 TD
4:21 NWEST 45 1:28 7 55 TD
1:09 NWEST 2 0:04 2 18 Safety
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WISC 25 0:00 1 -1 Fumble
13:16 WISC 19 3:01 6 26 Punt
8:01 NWEST 47 3:48 7 47 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 WISC 16 2:35 6 6 INT
10:54 WISC 10 1:31 3 1 Punt
2:38 WISC 25 0:40 3 6 INT
1:23 WISC 42 0:54 4 13 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:15 WISC 21 1:59 4 79 TD
7:08 NWEST 38 1:42 4 38 TD
4:38 WISC 32 3:10 6 18 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 NWEST 43 3:36 7 38 FG
4:43 WISC 6 0:15 3 -3 Punt
2:53 NWEST 43 1:37 3 8 Punt
0:57 NWEST 48 0:32 2 -2 Game