Wisconsin football coach Gary Anderson doesn’t like making any single game bigger than the next. But after Saturday’s 35-6 win over 19th ranked Northwestern, Anderson was referring to his teams win as a “big win”.
The Badgers (4-2 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) have already lost twice and they know their margin of error is down to nothing.
When asked what qualified this as a big game, Anderson mentioned the emotional toll of the two losses his team had suffered this season.
Until yesterday, Northwestern had little trouble piling up yards and scoring points. But the Badgers held the Wildcat ground attack to 44 yards. Northwestern completed just 43% of its passes, allowed seven sacks, went 2 for 17 on 3rd downs and punted 11 times.
The Badgers have had issues with spread offenses, but they had all the answers against the Wildcats on Saturday at Camp Randall.
Northwestern started the day averaging 474 yards a game, but finished just over 200 yards and settled for two field goals all day.
The Badgers finished with more than 500 yards of total offense. Melvin Gordon got his groove back in the rushing department, hitting for 172 yards.
The Badgers now play back-to-back Big Ten road games, at Illinois and at Iowa, before finishing with 3 out of the last 4 at Camp Randall.