MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Joel Stave #2 of the Wisconsin Badgers passes the ball down field during the first quarter over Deonte Gibson #13 of Northwestern Wildcats on November 21, 2015 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)

Barry Alvarez addresses Wisconsin fans after snowball incident

When Northwestern beat Wisconsin in Madison Saturday, it was a statement win for the Wildcats who are enjoying a surprisingly good season. For Wisconsin, however, it was the low point in what is becoming a disappointing season.

During and immediately after the 13-7 win for Northwestern, Wisconsin fans hurled snowballs from the stands. Snowballs were thrown at Northwestern players, officials and even Wisconsin cheerleaders.

Wisconsin fans throwing snowballs at Northwestern. — Zack (@steelzack1) November 22, 2015

Following the incident, Wisconsin athletic director and former football coach Barry Alvarez released a statement.

Unfortunately, a couple incidents involving a very small percentage of our fans have cast our department and our fans in a negative light. It is never acceptable to throw anything from the stands onto the playing surface or at another person. It endangers the safety of the teams, officials and personnel involved.

Wisconsin closes out their season against Minnesota on the road. With eight wins on the season they will almost assuredly play in a bowl game. Northwestern returns home to play Illinois. At 9-2, the Wildcats, too, will be invited to a bowl game.

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