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                  === Stave, Wisconsin upset Northwestern ===
 
 Madison,  WI (SportsNetwork.com)  - Joel Stave threw three touchdown passes to
 help  a  rested Wisconsin Badgers  team knock off the 19th-ranked Northwestern
 Wildcats, 35-6, at Camp Randall Stadium.
 
 Stave  overcame two interceptions to finish with 241 yards on 17-of-28 passing
 for  the  Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big  Ten), who had  been idle since losing at Ohio
 State  on Sept. 28.  The Wildcats (4-2, 0-2) were coming off their own loss to
 the Buckeyes at home last week.
 
 Melvin  Gordon  and James White both  eclipsed the century mark in rushing for
 Wisconsin.  Gordon had 172  yards on 22 carries, scoring on a run of 71 yards,
 and White ran the ball 19 times for 101 yards and one touchdown.
 
 "Those  guys played  great up front," Gordon said of the offensive line. "They
 got  really good  push, gave  us some  holes. It  was pretty  much us  and the
 safeties."
 
 The Wildcats' two-quarterback system became a one-man show following an injury
 to  Kain Colter. Trevor  Siemian took the bulk of the snaps and completed only
 13-of-34 passes for 163 yards.
 
 Northwestern  running back Venric Mark also missed significant time because of
 injury.
 
 The  Wildcats,  who had  scored at  least 30  points in  a school record seven
 straight games, mustered only 10 first downs and converted just 2-of-17 third-
 down opportunities.
 
 "We  got beat by  a football team that played a lot better than we did today,"
 Northwestern  head  coach Pat Fitzgerald  admitted. "When you don't play well,
 days like today can happen."
 
 Badgers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was the story of the first quarter, for
 good and bad reasons, before exiting with a head injury.
 
 The  senior  committed a  turnover that  led to a  Northwestern field goal and
 played  a role in another giveaway. Abbrederis failed to cleanly catch a Stave
 pass   and  safety   Ibraheim  Campbell  picked  off  the  deflection  at  the
 Northwestern 18.
 
 In between the miscues, Abbrederis got behind the Wildcats secondary for a 63-
 yard touchdown reception.
 
 Northwestern  failed to  capitalize on the interception, punting the ball back
 to the Badgers in the second quarter.
 
 Stave  then orchestrated an 11-play drive and White capped the sequence with a
 short  touchdown run  for a  14-3  Wisconsin lead.  The advantage  grew to  18
 when Gordon gashed the Northwestern defense prior to halftime, and the Badgers
 continued to run the ball to open the third quarter.
 
 After five consecutive plays on the ground, Stave connected with Alex Erickson
 down  the field for  a 35-yard gain. The long completion set up a 1st-and-goal
 from  the 2-yard  line and Jacob Pedersen  made a grab on third down to extend
 Wisconsin's lead to 28-6.
 
 Stave added a 3-yard TD pass to Derek Watt in the fourth quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Badgers  notched their  fourth consecutive win  over Northwestern at Camp
 Randall Stadium ... Wisconsin held the ball for 38:15 and totaled 527 yards of
 offense ... Rashad Lawrence had 67 yards on four receptions for the Wildcats.
 
 10/12 21:10:32 ET