Paul Klee's take on Wisconsin's 31-14 win against Illinois:
Player of the Game: Jared Abbrederis
Hard to believe the blazing-fast wideout is a former walk-on. His 59-yard TD catch was his fifth reception over 45 yards. He leads the Big Ten in receiving yards.
Three starts, three games of 200-plus passing yards for Wisconsin freshman Joel Stave. On the other side, Illinois is searching for an offensive identity.
The final score wasn’t indicative of the UI defense’s performance. Jonathan Brown gets our game ball for leading the UI with nine tackles at less-than-full health.
The shanked punt seemed to deflate the visitors. Instead of cornering the Badgers, it allowed them enviable field position near the 50.
Another blowout, right? Not so. The Illini stayed competitive before collapsing in the fourth quarter. But that’s where the program is: Moral victories are viewed as progress.