EVANSTON, Ill – Peyton Ramsey threw two non-19 touchdown passes Northwestern shut down Graham Mertz and No 10 Wisconsin for a 17-7 win on Saturday that put the undefeated Wildcats in charge of the Big Ten West

Northwestern forced five turnovers – four in the first half – and sacked Mertz three times in his first win over a top 10 team since a 28-25 win over Non 9 Nebraska on November 5, 2011 Ramsey, an Indiana graduate, was 23 for 44 for 203 yards, and Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman had four receptions for 95 yards

The Wildcats went 5-0 for the first time since 2015 They also went 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1996

Wisconsin (2-1, 2-1) had made just one turnover this year, a fumble in a 45-7 win over Illinois in October 23 The Badgers went on to cancel back-to-back games due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the schedule before claiming a 49-11 win in Michigan last weekend

Mertz, a freshman in a red shirt, lost a fumble and threw his first three interceptions of his career against Northwestern Running back Garrett Groshek also lost a fumble on his return after missing the win over Les Wolverines

The Badgers still managed to stay in the game thanks to their strong defense But Charlie Kuhbander threw a 32-yard field goal with 11:35 left, and Northwestern completed another second-half shutout The Wildcats have allowed just 10 points in the last two quarters of the season

Northwestern got off to a quick start After Wisconsin went nowhere on their first possession, Ramsey threw a 2-yard TD pass to Charlie Mangieri with 10:50 left in the first quarter John Raine set the score by shooting a pair of pass interference penalties into the end zone

Groshek then dropped the ball for the Badgers, and Chiaokhiao-Bowman’s 36-yard reception on a pass from fellow wide receiver Riley Lees transferred the Wildcats to the Badgers 1 The play was originally considered a touchdown , but a review of the proofreading showed that Chiaokhiao-Bowman had gone out of bounds

The canceled call took on added significance when Isaiah Bowser fumbled in the upcoming snap and Spencer Lytle recovered for Wisconsin in the end zone The Badgers then put in a six-game, 80-yard practice, tying a 7 on Mertz’s 49-yard touchdown pass to Chimere Dike with 5:14 left in the first quarter.

Wisconsin had a few chances to get ahead in the first half, but Mertz searched on a Blake Gallagher sack and threw two interceptions at Brandon Joseph The first pick was deflected by linebacker Paddy Fisher before passing into the arms of tight end Hayden Rucci

After Joseph’s second interception, Northwestern put together a seven-game, 72-yard practice to continue staying Ramsey threw a formidable throw at Chiaokhiao-Bowman for a decisive 25-yard touchdown on a catch over the shoulder with 56 seconds to go in the half

Mertz finished 23 of 41 for 230 yards Jalen Berger had 15 carries for 93 yards for the Badgers

Northwestern will face increased attention in the coming days after its best win of the season yet It is online to get in poll AP Northwestern is visiting Michigan State next weekend

“Well we’re 1-0 this week,” said Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald, “and we had a huge road test with a team next week”

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