Oct. 12, 2013
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The Northwestern defense recorded three takeaways on the day (two interceptions, one fumble recovery) to continue its season-long success in that area. The Wildcats came into the game ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the country with 14 turnovers gained this season.
Five games into the season, the Wildcats have 13 interceptions, matching their season-long total of 2012.
Today's game broke a string of 18 consecutive games in which Northwestern had held a fourth-quarter lead. The Wildcats were 14-4 in those contests.
The Wildcats also saw a streak of seven straight games of at least 30 points scored come to an end. The streak had ranked as tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation coming into play Saturday. NU failed to score in double-digits for the first time since Sept. 22, 2007, at Ohio State.
Northwestern entered the game ranked third in the Big Ten in third-down conversion percentage (48.6). Today, however, NU converted only 2-of-16 third-down situations in the game.
The 286 net rushing yards by the Badgers were a season-high allowed by the Northwestern defense.
Junior SAF Ibraheim Campbell recorded a first-half interception, his fourth of the season and the eighth of his career. Campbell's eight pickoffs move him into a tie for ninth on Northwestern's all-time list.
Senior PK Jeff Budzien converted his two field goal attempts on the game, hitting from 27 yards in the first quarter before nailing a season-long 43-yarder in the second. Budzien improved to 36-of-43 on field goal attempts in his career and 28-of-31 since the start of 2012.
Budzien's six points in the game raised his career total to 233, moving him ahead of Damien Anderson (1998-2001) and into second place on NU's career points list. Budzien trails only former kicker Brian Gowins (1995-98), who graduated with 262 career points.
Senior LB Damien Proby led Northwestern with 11 tackles, one sack and his second forced fumble in as many weeks. Junior LB Chi Chi Ariguzo notched his fifth career fumble recovery in the first quarter and also finished with 11 tackles.
Senior P Brandon Williams punted 11 times in the game, one shy of his career high, and averaged 37.6 yards per kick.