CHAMPAIGN, Unwell. – Fifth-ranked Wisconsin remained unbeaten and moved one other step nearer to the Large Ten West Division title with a 24-10 victory over a younger Illinois workforce that isn’t near being able to compete towards the league’s elite groups.
That outcome, a strong outing by the protection and a Four-yard landing run within the closing quarter by left sort out Michael Deiter — that isn’t a misprint — comprised the highlights for Paul Chryst’s workforce, which didn’t play an environment friendly recreation in entrance of an introduced crowd of 42,101 Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
UW misplaced freshman tailback Jonathan Taylor (left leg) within the first half and, not surprisingly, the offense foundered for many of the second half.
Taylor, who entered the sport main the Large Ten in speeding at 168.5 yards per recreation, carried 12 instances for 73 yards earlier than exiting.
With Taylor out for the complete second half, UW completed with 168 speeding yards on 45 makes an attempt. That was the Badgers’ second-lowest yardage complete of the season. The low is 109 towards Northwestern.
BOX SCORE: Wisconsin 24, Illinois 10
SUMMARY: How they scored
REPLAYS: Awards, contained in the huddle, by the numbers
NOTES: Security Joe Ferguson, filling in for starter D’Cota Dixon, makes vital play
BADGERS CHAT: Jeff Potrykus at 7 p.m. Monday
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Dwell scoreboard, summaries, standings, statistics
Deiter, beaming after scoring his first landing, was in no temper to apologize for a less-than-scintillating efficiency.
“Everytime you win a soccer recreation, on the highway within the Large Ten, you’re completely satisfied,” he stated. Simply since you didn’t play a whole recreation offensively – it’s not at all times going to be full to our requirements.
“We set the usual excessive. We wish to be good and it’s by no means going to be good. So you permit right here completely satisfied. You received the soccer recreation.
“There’s no cause to not be completely satisfied.”
Stroll-on Garrett Groshek rushed 12 instances for 51 yards and a landing and Bradrick Shaw added 40 yards on 12 carries as UW struggled to beat the lack of Taylor.
The Badgers held a 17-Three halftime lead, because of their protection, and failed to attain on their first three possessions of the second half till Deiter despatched the UW gamers right into a celebration worthy of Mardi Gras with a Four-yard run with Three minutes 54 seconds remaining.
“It was lit,” UW cornerback Nick Nelson, who broke up 4 passes, stated when requested to explain the sideline response to Deiter’s rating. “They ran the play in apply and so they saved getting us.
“I did not assume he was going to do it within the recreation. However he scored and all people was going loopy.”
Along with dropping Taylor, the Badgers had been with out security D’Cota Dixon, who was held out due to a proper leg damage. Dixon practiced all week however labored with the trainers early Saturday and it was decided he couldn’t go.
Quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw his seventh interception in Large Ten play and accomplished 10 of 19 passes for 139 yards.
“I believed there was some good, and, clearly, you’d prefer to have the one cross again,” Chryst stated of Hornibrook’s efficiency. “However I thought his resolution making on loads of performs was good.”
These points weren’t sufficient to assist the Illini (2-6, Zero-5 Large Ten) pull off the upset towards UW (Eight-Zero, 5-Zero), which prolonged its program-record streak of consecutive Large Ten victories to 11 and improved to 11-1 in highway video games underneath Chryst.
The Badgers have but to beat a ranked workforce, nonetheless, so it is going to be fascinating to see the place they land Tuesday evening within the preliminary Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings.
“Some individuals would possibly (take note of the rankings),” Hornibrook stated. “I do not actually care an excessive amount of about it. A win is a win and that is all that issues.”
UW’s offense was terrible early, producing a mixed 7 yards on six performs. UW punted each instances, the second time on fourth and Four from the Illini 34.
A vital mistake by the Illini’s punt-coverage workforce sparked UW’s foundering offense.
The Badgers confronted fourth and Four from their 14 when the Illini had been penalized 5 yards for an unlawful substitution.
UW capitalized on the error, together with an offside name on the following play, by marching down the sector for a landing.
UW ran the ball on 12 consecutive performs after the offside name, with reserve fullback Alec Ingold scoring on a 1-yard run with seven seconds left within the opening quarter to assist UW take a 7-Zero lead.
UW doubled that lead within the second quarter, however solely after the protection once more bailed out the offense.
Hornibrook had tight finish Troy Fumagalli open down the sector, however the ball was low and sailed into the arms of robust security Bennett Williams.
Williams’ 20-yard return gave the Illini the ball on the UW 45 with 10:37 left within the first half.
Reserve outdoors linebacker Tyler Johnson, a walk-on from Menasha, received the ball again to UW three performs later.
The Illini confronted third and 10 when Johnson fought previous the suitable sort out and got here from behind to strip the ball from quarterback Jeff George Jr. Defensive finish Alec James recovered at midfield and the Badgers wanted solely seven performs to drive for his or her second landing of the day. Groshek capped the drive with a 2-yard run with 7:07 left within the half.
The groups closed the half by exchanging subject objectives and Deiter’s Four-yard landing run gave UW a 24-Three lead with Three:45 left.
UW confronted third and aim when Hornibrook faked a handoff and rolled to his proper. He turned again left and fired a backward cross to Deiter, who caught the ball on the 15. Deiter adopted a convoy of linemen into the top zone.
Former UW offensive lineman Kyle Costigan, who works with the power and conditioning workers, joked afterward: Deiter for Heisman.
“I do not know in regards to the recreation ball,” he stated. “All I do know is I scored.”