Wisconsin 31, UI 14: Just the facts

Wisconsin 31, UI 14: Just the facts

Play of the game

Trailing 10-7 in the final minute of the third quarter, Illinois, facing fourth and 6 from its own 49 lined up to punt in an attempt to pin Wisconsin deep in its own territory. Punter Justin DuVernois uncorked a 10-yard shank and the Badgers took over at their own 51. Montee Ball scored a touchdown seven plays later to give the home team a 10-point lead and all the momentum.

Numbers game: 284

That’s how many yards the Illini racked up Saturday against a Badgers defense that was allowing an average of 348.8 per game entering the day. It’s the fewest yards Wisconsin has allowed in a game this season. The previous low was 306 that FCS opponent Northern Iowa managed in the season opener.

What it means

The rest of the games from here on in for the Illini will more than likely be for pride and not for the right to earn a berth in a bowl game for the third consecutive season. Unless the Illini can go on a run and pull some upsets, that Nov. 24 game at Northwestern, or as Tim Beckman calls it “The school upstate,” will be the last time the Illini put on the pads this season.

What’s next

A trip to the Big House to face a Michigan team that will be confident after a convincing win against a Purdue squad some had pegged to represent the Leaders Division in Indianapolis on Dec. 1. Denard Robinson & Co. will be itching for a chance to take it to a wounded Illinois team in front of 100,000-plus.

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minwyhe wrote on October 06, 2012 at 9:10 pm


Scheelhause will never be a good QB until someone breaks his happy feet syndrome.  He has to make his reads faster and throw the ball away rather than constantly running for 3 yrs and a cloud of dust.  Put O'Toole in when he starts running and keep in for awhile.  He did a great job in the one blowout the Illini have had all season.  Perhaps Nathan will get the message.  Of course little more imagination by the offensive coordinator would help as well.  I see other teams be very creative in pass routes and never see them on the Illini side of the ball.

Dan Bloeme wrote on October 06, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Scheelhaase is not a passer. He is too one-sided a QB when he can't make all the throws and accurately with zip. Wisconsin showed a more balanced offense. They don't need a running QB when they have good running backs and a QB that can throw. Yet another blowout.  . s i g h