NCAA Game Summary - Northern Illinois at Wisconsin|
(Saturday, September 5th)
Final Score: Wisconsin 28, Northern Illinois 20
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Isaac Anderson scored a pair of touchdowns as
he helped lead the Wisconsin Badgers to a 28-20 win over the Huskies of
Northern Illinois in non-conference action at Camp Randall Stadium.
Anderson finished with three catches for 100 yards and a TD for the Badgers
(1-0), adding a 23-yard scoring run for the home team as well. John Clay
registered just 43 yards rushing on 15 attempts, yet he too made it into the
end zone twice, while junior Scott Tolzien finished with 257 yards and a
touchdown through the air in his first career start.
The Huskies (0-1) were paced by Chad Spann who recorded a pair of rushing
touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the score more respectable for the
Tying for the fifth-longest pass play in Wisconsin history, Tolzien hit
Anderson with an 80-yard TD for his first pass early in the opening frame to
give the Badgers a 7-0 lead.
Later in the frame NIU cut into the deficit with a 40-yard field goal by Mike
In the second period the teams again exchanged scoring efforts, first with
Anderson finding the end zone on a 23-yard run and then Salerno splitting the
uprights from 29 yards away to make the score 14-6 at the break.
In the third period Clay had a pair of one-yard TD runs to push Wisconsin out
to a commanding 28-6 advantage, but touchdown runs of one and two yards by
Spann closed the gap before the home team could escape with the eight-point
Northern Illinois, which converted just 3-of-12 on third-down plays, allowed
the Badgers to post 433 yards of total offense, an average of almost seven
yards per snap.
The Badgers, who have now won 12 straight season openers, went into the game
holding a commanding 10-1 mark in the all-time series versus NIU.
09/05 23:45:24 ET