Badger trio's huge day overshadowed

Brian Calhoun, Jonathan Orr and John Stocco had career games, but Northwestern's tandem helped put three more points on the board

EVANSTON, Ill. — Brian Calhoun became the first player in the 117-year history of University of Wisconsin football to have at least 100 yards rushing and at least 100 yards receiving in a single game.

Somehow, it was not enough for the Badgers to win Saturday.

Four of wide receiver Jonathan Orr's five receptions went for touchdowns. Orr and fellow senior Brandon Williams combined for 180 receiving yards.

Somehow, it was not enough for the Badgers to win Saturday.

Quarterback John Stocco established new career highs for passing yards with 326 and touchdowns with four.

Somehow, it was not enough for the Badgers to win Saturday.

Wisconsin's offense gashed Northwestern for 48 points and 515 total yards, but was surpassed by a Wildcat attack that posted an outrageous 674 yards and 51 points.

This was the most points the Badgers had ever scored in a game they lost. Ever. In 117 years.

"One of our goals is to score enough points to win," Orr said. "We've got to score more."

UW's first loss of the season overshadowed the exceptional performances of players the Badgers rode to a 5-0 start this season.

"We lost and that's the main thing," Orr said. "As a competitor you do want to play well week in and week out. But if your team doesn't get the victory it really doesn't mean all that much."

Calhoun was the workhorse again, running 23 times for 122 yards and a touchdown. He also caught 11 of Stocco's 24 completed passes, for another 128 yards.

And yet Calhoun was the second-most impressive running back in the stadium Saturday.

Tyrell Sutton, Northwestern's true freshman sensation, pounded out 244 rushing yards on 29 carries, an 8.4 yards per carry average. Sutton, all 5-foot-9, 190 pounds of him, finished runs in punishing fashion, leaving Wisconsin's defense staggered.

"I don't like being tackled by the first guy," Sutton said. "That's been instilled in me since I was about eight years old watching my brother play football."

In the second half alone, Sutton amassed 196 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.

Sutton only caught two passes for nine yards, but one of them went for nine yards and a touchdown.

That gave NU a 44-34 lead in the fourth quarter. Just more than five minutes later, he cut loose on a 62-yard touchdown run to make it 51-34.

After a couple of quiet seasons as a sophomore and as a junior, Orr has exploded the past two weeks, with a combined nine catches for 215 yards and six touchdowns. He has given the Badgers a downfield passing option they needed to counter the defenses overloaded against Calhoun.

"Both of them (Calhoun and Orr) competed and poured their soul and every bit of energy they could into this football game and came up short," co-offensive coordinator Brian White said. "It's too bad, because those were some pretty incredible performances, as well as John Stocco's."

Aside from two costly interceptions, quarterback John Stocco was extremely sharp, completing 24 of 31 passes. He did have two interceptions, but without Stocco's big second half — 213 passing yards and three touchdowns — the Badgers would have been run right out of the building.

That was because, in addition to Sutton, Northwestern quarterback Brett Basanez was a showstopper against an overmatched Badger defense. Basanez completed 26 of 36 passes for 361 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 69 yards and a touchdown. All of Basanez's passing touchdowns and 111 aerial yards came in the second half, as he directed six straight touchdown drives after halftime.

"I really thought he showed great poise today," NU coach Randy Walker said. "He managed our football team well."


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