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No 19 Northwestern took a big step forward in the Big Ten Championship Game race by finishing No. 10 Wisconsin 17-7 at home on Saturday As the score suggests, this was a classic Northwestern-y, Big Ten- Grind a Game The Wildcats didn’t light it up at 3.9 yards per game on average, but they didn’t have to. Your defense is what games win and what a defensive effort they make

Wisconsin had 17 trips in 60 minutes. Only one ended in points, and it was an 80-yard drive with six games of sales to the northwest on the goal line. Otherwise, no Badgers Drive went more than 42 yards from the Northwestern Defense enforced four threes-and-outs and had five takeaways – three of those sales were Graham Mertz-Interceptions Mertz was excellent in his first two games but looked very fresh against the veteran group of Wildcats Wisconsin’s four first-half sales were the most in the program since 2004, while the five total sales were the highest for the program under coach Paul Chryst in five years

Wisconsin has 5 turnovers in the Northwest today, which is its high in 6 seasons under coach Paul Chryst. The last 5 turnovers game took place five years ago against the Wildcats: Nov. 21, 2020 at NorthwesternNov 21, 2015 vs. Northwest

This was also the fourth time this year that Northwestern’s defense eliminated opposing offensive in the second half. This defense is legitimate and at 5-0 Pat Fitzgerald’s team is in the driver’s seat to head to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship to drive where it probably goes against the state of Ohio With only three games left against Michigan State, Minnesota and Illinois, Northwestern was crowned Big Ten West champion for the second time in three years

CBS Sports has been with you the entire time and has updated this story with the latest information from the game. This story will be updated shortly with takeaways from Northwestern’s massive Big Ten West win on Saturday

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I’m not sure why Wisconsin chose to stab there I understand that you’re still on your side of midfield, but time is running out and you don’t have many chances left Two max

Brandon Joseph of the Northwest is only the third Big Ten player in 15 years to have five or more interceptions in his team’s first five games of the season

Northwestern had chances of scoring two touchdowns in the red zone but settled for a field goal It could still be a HUGE score based on how those Wildcats went to 10 in a defensive exchange

Hicks looked like he should have shown up about passport disruption No call Northwestern has to stab I’m not sure Big Ten officials understand what passport disruption is. It’s been a tough week in this department

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