NCAA Game Summary - Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois|
(Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: (7) Wisconsin 49, Northern Illinois 7
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns as No. 7
Wisconsin rolled to a 49-7 win over Northern Illinois at Soldier Field.
Montee Ball had two one-yard TD runs while Nick Toon caught two touchdown
passes for the Badgers (3-0), who have scored 135 points in their first three
games this season. Wilson threw for 347 yards on 23-for-32 passing and also
had an interception.
"I tell you, Russell Wilson was looking like the guy," said Wisconsin head
coach Bret Bielema. "He knows the plan that we have and he is going to stick
to it, but he will adapt and he is very creative. If there is a better guy out
there, I would like to see him because he is an exceptional football player."
Jasmin Hopkins' rushing touchdown in the first quarter accounted for all the
points for the Huskies (1-2), who have dropped their past two after opening
the season with a win. Chandler Harnish went 14-for-24 with 164 yards in the
Wisconsin needed just four plays on its first possession to get into the end
zone as the team covered 51 yards with Toon catching a 12-yard score for
a 7-0 lead just over two minutes in.
Kyle French lined up for a 50-yard field goal later in the first, but missed
and the Huskies had a short field to work with. Five plays later, the team
found the end zone when Hopkins punched it in from three yards out with under
two minutes to play in the first.
From there, though, it was all Wisconsin.
An on-sides attempt on the ensuing kickoff was recovered by the Badgers and
the team got a 16-yard touchdown catch from Toon for a 14-7 lead heading into
After a punt from Northern Illinois, the Badgers moved the ball 97 yards in 10
plays with the team making it a 21-7 game on a one-yard run by Ball. The big
play of the drive was a 54-yard catch from Jacob Pedersen two plays before the
Another short possession from the Huskies turned into seven more points for
the Badgers as an 11-play, 77-yard drive was capped on a 20-yard TD run from
James White for a 28-7 lead heading into the break.
Wisconsin started the second half with the ball and got a one-yard TD run from
Ball on 3rd-and-goal for a 35-7 lead. The drive covered 78 yards and nine
The Badgers' next possession saw the team go 79 yards in seven plays and
Wilson hook up with Pedersen on a nine-yard score for a 42-7 lead with 6 1/2
minutes to play in the third.
A six-yard touchdown run from Joe Brennan late in the fourth accounted for the
Wisconsin hosts South Dakota next Saturday...Northern Illinois hosts Cal Poly
next Saturday...The Badgers have won 12 of the 13 meetings with the
Huskies...Wisconsin outgained Northern Illinois, 621-237.
09/17 20:33:11 ET