The Wildcats led for the entire game, but Badgers quarterback Joel Stave led a late drive that almost gave Wisconsin the win twice in the final minute.
First, an apparent Stave touchdown pass to Troy Fumagalli was ruled down at the one-yard line. The pass still set up Wisconsin with a first-and-goal with 28 seconds left. On the next play, a pass to Jazz Peavy was again initially ruled a touchdown, but was then overturned when referees determined Peavy did not control the catch all the way to the ground.
On second down, Stave was sacked, and an injury prevented him from spiking the ball. After a Badgers running back spiked the ball, Bart Houston came into the game on fourth down, but threw an incomplete pass which turned the ball over on downs. The Wildcats took a knee on the next play to secure the win.
Northwestern moved to 9–2 with the victory. Wisconsin dropped to 8–3.
Here are some highlights from the end of the game: