Ackers, Vakos score for Badgers at home
MADISON, Wis. — A strong second quarter saw Northwestern defeat Wisconsin 24-10 on Saturday, after the Wildcats scored 17 unanswered points before halftime.
The Northwestern (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) victory makes interim head coach David Braun the first Northwestern coach to earn at least five wins in his debut season since Walter McCornack went 10-1-3 in 1903.
Ben Bryant went 18 of 26 for 195 yards with two touchdown passes – a 23-yarder to A.J. Henning and a 24-yarder to Cam Johnson – as well as a 1-yard touchdown run to help Northwestern grab a 24-3 halftime lead. Bryant helped Northwestern convert each of its first 10 third-down situations.
Wisconsin (5-5, 3-4) held Northwestern’s offense in check after halftime but could not rally in the second half. The Badgers scored their lone touchdown on Jackson Acker’s 3-yard run with 11 seconds left in the game.
Wisconsin took an early 3-0 lead as quarterback Tanner Mordecai, who returned after missing three games with a broken right hand, led a game-opening drive that resulted in Nathanial Vakos’ 33-yard field goal.
Running back Braelon Allen returned from a leg injury, but played sparingly with only three carries.
Wisconsin remains home next Saturday, Nov. 18 and will host Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. CT on NBC.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.