Wisconsin 31, Illinois 14

Date - Saturday, October 6, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Camp Randall Stadium
Attendance - 80096

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Illinois 0 7 0 7 14
Wisconsin 0 7 3 21 31

Recap


Wisconsin 31, Illinois 14: Redshirt freshman Joel Stave threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns, and Montee Ball ran for a pair of fourth-quarter scores as the host Badgers rebounded from last week's tough loss at Nebraska.

After Ball's first touchdown gave his team some breathing room, Stave's 59-yard bomb to Jared Abbrederis put Wisconsin (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) ahead 24-7 with 11:40 left. Ball overcame a slow start to finish with 116 yards while moving into a tie for third place on the all-time FBS list with his 68th and 69th career touchdowns.

Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 178 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 84 yards and a score for Illinois (2-4, 0-2), which has dropped seven of its last eight against Wisconsin.

Both teams capitalized on second-quarter interceptions to help overcome ineffective offenses as the teams entered the break tied 7-7. The Illini struck first, converting Steve Hull's interception return into a touchdown two plays later as Scheelhaase scrambled for a 5-yard score.

Wisconsin knotted it when James White took a third-down screen pass and raced 62 yards into the end zone 3:26 before halftime. Kyle French slid a 46-yard field goal inside the right upright to give the Badgers a 10-7 edge with 5:53 to go in the third.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Abbrederis caught seven passes for 117 yards, the first Wisconsin WR to have three straight 100-plus-yard games since Lee Evans in 2001. … Devin Smith's interception that led to Wisconsin's first-half touchdown was the Badgers' first of the season. … Illini senior DB Terry Hawthorne gave a thumbs' up while leaving on a stretcher after his third-quarter tackle on Derek Watt. He was later reported to have movement in all his extremities.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter - 13:16
Illinois   TD  Wisconsin 0 - Illinois 7
2nd Quarter - 3:26
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 7 - Illinois 7
3rd Quarter - 5:53
Wisconsin   FG  Wisconsin 10 - Illinois 7
4th Quarter - 13:28
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 17 - Illinois 7
4th Quarter - 11:40
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 24 - Illinois 7
4th Quarter - 6:27
Illinois   TD  Wisconsin 24 - Illinois 14
4th Quarter - 3:26
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 31 - Illinois 14
TEAMS

Team Records

  Illinois Wisconsin
W/L 2 - 4 - 0 4 - 2 - 0
Conference 0 - 2 - 0 1 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Illinois Wisconsin
Score 14 31
First Downs 15 18
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-16
31%
2-for-10
20%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 284 428
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-106 32-174
Average/Rush 3.1 5.4
Passing
Comp-Att 18-30 16-25
Passing Yards 178 254
Average/Pass Play 5.9 8.8
Penalties-Yards 4-30 5-45
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 31:48 28:12

PLAYER STATS

Illinois (2 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Scheelhaase 18/29 178 1 1
M. Osei 0/1 0 0 0
Wisconsin (4 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stave 16/25 254 2 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
N. Scheelhaase 22 84 3.8 1
J. Ferguson 7 11 1.6 0
R. Lankford 1 6 6.0 0
D. Young 4 5 1.2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Ball 19 116 6.1 2
J. White 6 42 7.0 0
M. Gordon 5 15 3.0 0
J. Stave 1 3 3.0 0
C. Phillips 1 -2 -2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Millines 5 54 10.8 0
J. Ferguson 3 46 15.3 0
S. Harris 4 46 11.5 0
R. Lankford 2 15 7.5 1
M. LaCosse 1 12 12.0 0
J. Davis 1 7 7.0 0
D. Young 2 -2 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Abbrederis 7 117 16.7 1
J. White 1 62 62.0 1
D. Watt 2 35 17.5 0
J. Pedersen 1 16 16.0 0
C. Hammond 2 11 5.5 0
J. Fredrick 1 6 6.0 0
S. Arneson 1 5 5.0 0
M. Ball 1 2 2.0 0