Madison, WI (Sports Network) - No. 12 Wisconsin survived its first test in
life without Russell Wilson, but received a scare from Northern Iowa en route
to a 26-21 win.
Danny O'Brien, a transfer from Maryland who took over for Wilson, had a strong
debut, completing 19-of-23 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Montee Ball, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, ran for 120 yards on 32 carries
and scored a touchdown for the 21st straight game.
Northern Iowa, which reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs last
season, was also starting a new quarterback.
Freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen started slow, but finished 18-for-34 with 265
yards and three touchdowns, leading the Panthers to 21 second-half points and
a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Northern Iowa receiver David Johnson caught two of the touchdowns and picked
up 107 yards in the loss.
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