When: Saturday, Oct. 25, 11:02 a.m. CDT
Site: Ryan Field (47,130) in Evanston, Ill.
Broadcasts: ESPN2 live TV coverage; 43-city Wisconsin Radio Network, live radio coverage.
Wisconsin results to date
Home team in italics (links to UWBadgers.com game stories)
Northwestern results to date
Home team in italics (links to NUsports.com game stories)
Northwestern versus Wisconsin: The Badgers lead the all-time series 53-30-5. The Wildcats won the last meeting, two years ago, 47-44, in double overtime in a game six Badgers missed due to suspension. Damien Anderson capped Northwestern's victory with a 12-yard touchdown run, his second of the game. He finished with 174 yards rushing on 21 carries. His counterpart, Wisconsin running back Michael Bennett, carried 48 times for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Northwestern quarterback Zak Kustok had an impressive day—278 yards passing on 21 of 41 with two touchdowns; 76 yards, 14 carries and a touchdown rushing.
2003 pregame notes
- Wisconsin is 6-5 versus Northwestern in the Alvarez era
- The Wildcats are 0-3 at home this season.
- Only three current Badgers—Jeff Mack, Lee Evans and Darius Jones—were on the team when Wisconsin last faced Northwestern.
- Northwestern sophomore quarterback Brett Basanez has played in only 17 games but is No. 10 on the school's all-time total offense list (3,615 yards) and eight in career pass completions (297)
- Wildcat running back Jason Wright is third in the conference in rushing (102.9 yards per game), fourth in all-purpose yards (137.9) and second in touchdowns with 13.
- Northwestern leads the Big Ten with an opponents red zone conversion percentage of .600. The Wildcats defense is allowing 427.3 yards per game and 27.0 points per contest.
- Wildcat receiver Kunle Patrick has caught a pass in 41 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the nation.
- Northwestern has fumbled 11 times this season, but lost only two of this miscues. The team is plus two in the turnover department, third-best in the Big Ten.
- Wisconsin's negative three turnover margin is ninth in the conference.
- Northwestern averages 168.9 yards rushing per game.
- The Badgers have allowed only 61 rushing yards per game in four Big Ten contests.
- Wisconsin's four remaining regular season opponents have a combined 21-9 record.
- Wisconsin is second in the Big Ten in rushing (196.6 yards per game). Northwestern is second-worst defensively (185.7).
- Wisconsin last won its first three Big Ten road games in 1999, when the team finished 4-0 in road conference games.
- Badger free safety Jim Leonhard leads the Big Ten and is fourth in the nation with a 17.3 yards per punt return average. He has scored two touchdowns on punt returns this year.
- Leonhard also leads the Big Ten in interceptions with four and is tied for fifth with five pass breakups. Cornerback Scott Starks is second in the conference with 13 pass breakups.
- Wisconsin defensive lineman Anttaj Hawthorne is tied for the Big Ten lead with 11.5 tackles for loss. After recording 6.5 against Purdue, linebacker Alex Lewis is tied for third.
- Northwestern has blocked three kicks this season.