Coming into the game, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen had a lot to prove.
Could his Badgers get a win against a ranked opponent?
On this perfect fall day at Camp Randall in Madison on Saturday, the answer came back a resounding yes.
This battle was between the last two victims of the juggernaut that is The Ohio State University.
Wisconsin used a long pass play, a long run and five sacks in the first half to dispatch the 19th ranked Northwestern Wildcats, 35-6.
Badger linebacker and All-American candidate Chris Borland led the stifling defensive effort.
By comparison, the Wisconsin ‘D’ had only mustered seven sacks in the first five games this season.
After a Northwestern field goal, Wisconsin struck pay dirt with a 63-yard strike from Stave to Abbrederis and a 7-3 lead.
Melvin Gordon showed his big play capability when he burst up the left sideline for 71 yards and a score.
A long drive, finished off with a two-yard tumble by James White, accounted for the Badgers first half scoring.
The second Stave pick was particularly costly as the Badgers were driving for a fourth touchdown late in the half.
Northwestern capitalized on the miscue and was able to close out the first half scoring with a field goal.
The second half saw Bucky chew up chunks of the clock with sustained drives.
That kept what had been a potent Wildcat offense on the sideline.
The Badgers padded their lead with a Stave to Jacob Pedersen hookup in the third quarter and a Stave to fullback Derek Watt grab early in the fourth to douse any hopes of a Wildcat comeback.
Pedersen had just made it back from injury and showed why he is an important part of the offense.
Abbrederis went to the sideline in the second half and did not return to action
The vaunted running attack of Wisconsin flexed its muscle once again as both Gordon and White went over the 100-yard mark.
Bucky heads down the highway to Champaign-Urbana to take on the Fighting Illini next Saturday, October 19.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CDT.