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Northwestern 47, No. 6 Wisconsin 44 (2 OT)
Associated Press


MADISON, Wis. -- The other shoe finally fell on the Wisconsin Badgers.

Damien Anderson
Northwestern's Damien Anderson celebrates his game-winner TD in the Cats upset win over Wisconsin.
Damien Anderson's 12-yard touchdown run in the second overtime gave Northwestern a 47-44 victory over No. 6 Wisconsin on Saturday.

The suspension-riddled Badgers saw their 11-game winning streak halted and their hopes of their first national championship squelched when Anderson scooted around left end and darted into the end zone.

Vitaly Pisetsky had given Wisconsin (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) a 44-41 lead with a 39-yard field goal on the first possession of the second overtime.

Anderson finished with 175 yards on 21 carries for Northwestern (3-1, 1-0), which had never scored this many points against Wisconsin. He also scored on a 69-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

His winning run was set up by Zak Kustok's 9-yard scramble on third-and-6.

The Badgers' season was spoiled by an unranked opponent for the second straight year. Last season, it was at stumble at Cincinnati that ruined it.

The Badgers completed their NCAA-mandated suspensions by sitting out six players against the Wildcats, including No. 1 receiver Chris Chambers and All-American cornerback Jamar Fletcher. In all, 26 players served staggered suspensions for receiving unadvertised discounts at a shoe store.

It looked as though Wisconsin would just make it through the punishment unbeaten when Pisetsky's 47-yard field goal gave the Badgers a 34-31 lead with 51 seconds left in regulation.

But, for the second straight week the Badgers allowed an opponent to move downfield for a field goal as time expired. Last week it was Cincinnati. This time, Tim Long was good from 46 yards.

Both teams scored TDs in the first overtime, Northwestern on a 15-yard pass from Kustok to Teddy Johnson, and Wisconsin on a 5-yard pass from Brooks Bollinger to Nick Davis.

Wisconsin tailback Michael Bennett returned from his one-game suspension and gained a career-high 293 yards on 48 carries. But he went out on second-and-1 with the scored tied at 31 and the Badgers on the Northwestern 29 with a minute left.

With Bennett on the sideline, the Wildcats stuffed his backup, Eddie Faulkner, and Bollinger on consecutive rushes and the Badgers settled for Pisetsky's 47-yard field goal with 51 seconds left - just enough time for the Wildcats to hit back.

There were five scores in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter.

Anderson's 69-yard TD run gave the Wildcats a 24-23 lead with 7:57 left. Bennett answered with a 55-yard TD run, and Bollinger's 2-point pass to Davis gave Wisconsin a 31-24 lead.

On fourth-and-8 from the Wisconsin 29, however, Kustok found Derrick Thompson uncovered in the end zone for a TD that tied it with 3:55 remaining.

Davis, the Badgers' best big-play threat, returned from his three-week suspension and showed plenty of rust, fumbling two punts in the first quarter and dropping a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

The Badgers took a 16-7 halftime lead and were threatening again on the opening drive of the second half when Bollinger was sacked at midfield and coughed up the ball right into the hands of linebacker Kevin Bentley, who rumbled 50 yards for the score.

Suddenly, the Badgers were looking at their fourth straight close game. Only, unlike Western Michigan, Oregon and Cincinnati, the Wildcats didn't leave Madison with just a moral victory.

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 Damien Anderson seals the win for Northwestern with this 12-yard touchdown run in double OT.
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 Northwestern's Damien Anderson goes 69 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown against Wisconsin.
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 Zak Kustok 15-yard touchdown pass to Teddy Johnson in OT against Wisconsin.
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 Northwestern's Derrick Thompson grabs this 29-yard touchdown pass from Zak Kustok.
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 Northwestern's Damien Anderson says all the hard work is starting to show.
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 Northwestern coach Randy Walker says his team has made progress.
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