Number 4: Northwestern quarterback Brett Basanez—Basanez was far from efficient. He threw two interceptions and completed fewer than half his passes. The Wildcat signal-caller, though, came up with some big throws to keep Northwestern drives going and seemed to make plays when the Badgers most needed a stop. His 10 completions went for 176 yards.
Number 3: Northwestern defensive end Loren Howard—the Wildcats defensive line did a number on Wisconsin's highly-touted front five and Howard led the charge with three tackles for loss and one-and-a-half sacks.
Number 2: Northwestern running back Noah Herron—Herron picked up 104 yards on just 11 carries and caught three passes for 35 yards. His ability to catch passes out of the slot created matchup problems for Wisconsin all day long.
Number 1: Northwestern running back Jason Wright—Wright gained 97 yards rushing on 18 carries and scored the game's first touchdown on 53-yard reception. Wright showed good acceleration and elusiveness and also ran with a lot of power, bowling through Badger tacklers throughout the game.