MADISON, WI.– The Northwestern game was much closer than most thought but they fell short 33-24 to #10 Wisconsin.
Clayton Thorson had a dubious day on offense, finishing 29/45 with 219 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The reason it wasn’t the best day was that Thorson finished horribly on the ground game. He ran the ball 13 times for negative 41 yards. It wasn’t pretty but his passing game made up partly for it.
Flynn Nagel led Northwestern receivers with 5 catches for 52 yards. Riley Lees added 3 receptions for 49 yards. Garrett Dickerson, Cameron Green, and Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman each caught a touchdown pass from Thorson.
The Wildcats defense combined for 58 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 2 pass deflections, a fumble, and two interceptions. Brett Walsh led the team in tackles with 11 total. Trae Williams recovered the fumble, and Godwin Igwebuike & JR Pace each intercepted a pass from Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook.
Northwestern scored on their first drive right after a costly Wisconsin fumble. It set up great field position, but they were only able to convert a 34-yard field goal from Charlie Kuhbander. They led 3-0 at this point. A few drives later, the Wildcats went on to score their first touchdown of the day. It came after a 12 play, 44-yard drive ending in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Thorson. The defense held strong and Northwestern led 10-7 at the break.
The defense collapsed in the second half when the Badgers ran up the score to a 31-10 lead. They would recover with back-to-back touchdown drives to narrow the deficit to 31-24. Like we mentioned earlier in the recap, a costly safety ended any hope of a major upset over #10 Wisconsin.
UP NEXT: Northwestern will look to recover in Week 6 at home against #4 Penn State.