Five Keys to Victory - No.20 Wisconsin vs. Northwestern

Five Keys to Victory - No.20 Wisconsin vs. Northwestern

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Five Keys to Victory - No.20 Wisconsin vs. Northwestern

Wisconsin was able to register a nice bounce-back victory over Illinois, giving them a little bit of confidence heading into this morning’s road contest at Northwestern. The Wildcats have won three straight games and have ridden the hot play of senior quarterback Clayton Thorson, who is averaging 326 passing yards over the winning streak. The winner of this game takes possession of first place in the Big Ten West Division entering the final month of the season.

For Wisconsin, here are the five things they need to do to beat Northwestern.

1, Generating Pressure On Clayton Thorson

Northwestern’s quarterback is one of the reasons why the Wildcats have averaged 27 points per game over their last three games, as the senior has been able to dissect opposing Big Ten defenses despite feeling pressure in the pocket. Northwestern has allowed an average of two sacks per game during this winning streak, not to mention five quarterback hurries.

To begin the year, Wisconsin wasn’t able to generate consistent pressure on quarterbacks, averaging only 0.8 sacks over the first four games. Over the last three games, that number has increased to 2.7 sacks per game. Wisconsin needs to keep that pace up against Northwestern to prevent Thorson the time he needs to keep offensive possessions alive. Being able to disrupt his rhythm early and often will help make sure Wisconsin’s secondary isn’t in coverage for long.

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