Wisconsin vs. Northwestern post game notes

Post game notes for Wisconsin's 24-12 win over Nothwestern

Extra special help

The Wisconsin special teams units were firing at full force thanks to a little help from redshirt freshman Ben Strickland. After no gain during Northwestern's first drive of the game, senior Brian Huffman came into punt at the Wildcat's 27-yard line. Strickland was able to get past the coverage and blocked Huffman's kick. Sophomore safety Johnny White recovered the ball and Wisconsin started their next drive at the Northwestern 14-yard line.

"I was just trying to do my part for the team and if that swings the momentum that's great but just as long as everyone is doing their part, that's what the most important thing is," Strickland said.

Melhaff matters

Freshman kickoff specialist Taylor Melhaff had another impressive showing against Northwestern. He kicked a career-high four touchbacks to limit the Northwestern special teams opportunities.

Melhaff has kicked at least one touchback in every game this season and had three during his college debut against Central Florida.

Different faces in some different places

With a depleted defense, the Badgers used a number of fresh faces to fill in. True freshman Andy Crooks started the game at middle linebacker but junior Elliot Goode (who is listed on the depth chard at will linebacker) and sophomore strong safety Joe Stellmacher also got in a few plays at the position. Goode did not see action last week against Purdue.

Offensively, redshirt freshman wide receiver Paul Hubbard saw some time early in the game. He did not play in the Purdue or Ohio State games. Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Holzbauer got in late in the game for his fourth appearance of the season.

Injury Updates

Before the Badgers put the score at 24-0, junior wide receiver Brandon White went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury. He did not return to the game and there was no statement on his status.

Senior defensive end Jonathan Welsh did suit up for the game but never played. After injuring his ankle against Purdue, his status was questionable for Northwestern. Senior defensive end Erasmus James (ankle), redshirt freshman offensive lineman Danny Kaye and redshirt freshman wide receiver Brandon Tobias were not in uniform but present on the sidelines.

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