Game notes from Wisconsin's 51-48 loss to Northwestern
Northwestern's 674 yards total offense was a school record, surpassing the former mark of 654 in a 54-51 win over Michigan in 2000.
Wildcat tailback Tyrell Sutton rushed for a career-high 244 yards and did not have a single carry in which he lost rushing yardage against Wisconsin. In five games, Sutton has set the school record for rushing yards in a freshman season with 772.
Prior to Saturday's game, Wisconsin's defense allowed 77.4 rushing yards per game.
Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco threw for a personal-best 326 yards and now has 3,303 passing yards in his career. He became just the 10th player in school history to pass for 3,000 yards in a career.
Badger defensive end Kurt Ware recorded his first fumble recovery in the second quarter of Saturday's game.
Northwestern has won three of the last four games against Wisconsin and five of the last nine. UW coach Barry Alvarez will end his career 7-7 versus the Wildcats.
Wisconsin controlled the clock in the first quarter Saturday, holding the ball 11 minutes, 11 seconds to Northwestern's 3:49. But the Wildcats owned the clock in the fourth quarter, maintaining possession for 10:38 to Wisconsin's 4:22. For the game, Wisconsin held a slight edge in time of possession, 30:36 to 29:24.
Northwestern racked up 10 penalties for 96 yards, while Wisconsin only had five penalties for 29 yards.
Despite the fact that Wisconsin and Northwestern combined for 99 points, the most points scored in a Northwestern game still stands at 105, in the 54-51 win over Michigan in 2000.
Northwestern honored its 1995 Rose Bowl team at halftime. That team captured the Big Ten Championship and made its first bowl appearance since 1949, falling to USC 41-32 in the Rose Bowl. Northwestern has won eight Big Ten Championships, most recently in 1996 and 2000.
Quote of the game: After a first-quarter play in which Brian Calhoun rushed for 21 yards on a play and stepped out of bounds, the press box announcer stated that there was "no defense on the play." Some may argue that was true the entire game.