Football postgame notes

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.

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