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No. 5 Wisconsin holds off Illinois 24-10, stays unbeaten

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Wisconsin has relied all season on star freshman running back Jonathan Taylor to provide the winning edge.

When Taylor went down with an injury against Illinois on Saturday, the fifth-ranked Badgers showed how well they can play defense, forcing three turnovers to help key a 24-10 victory.

Wisconsin had five sacks and three quarterback hurries against the Illini's inexperienced quarterbacks. The pressure up front led to two interceptions, one by defensive back Joe Ferguson, and a fumble recovery.

''When someone does get a pick or fumble, everybody is juiced-up and excited for them,'' Ferguson said. ''It makes everyone else want to make a play.''

On offense, Wisconsin did just enough to get by. Alec Ingold and Garrett Groshek scored on short runs in the first half, and offensive lineman Michael Deiter added another touchdown on a trick play late in the game.

Taylor entered the game averaging 158.6 yards rushing, but only had 73 before leaving the game in the second quarter. Head coach Paul Chryst said he does not know the extent of the injury.

''It was fun to see other guys have to step up,'' Chryst said. ''We'll find out more about JT at practice this week.''

Alex Hornibrook made enough throws to get the victory for Wisconsin (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten). None was better than on the trick play that freed Deiter for his first career touchdown.

Hornibrook dropped back on third-and-goal from the 4 and rushed right before throwing a backward pass to Deiter on the other side. The 328-pound Deiter caught it and hustled in for the score.

''I was super nervous,'' Deiter said. ''I've never touched a football in a football game other than (at) center. I had the whole offensive line out in front of me. There was no way I wasn't going to get in.''

Wisconsin gained 303 yards, well below its season average of 462.7 yards, but was able to overcome a sluggish performance for its 11th consecutive conference victory.

After starting with consecutive three-and-outs, Wisconsin came alive behind Taylor, who gained 52 yards to set up Ingold's 1-yard plunge on his only carry of the game. That capped a 15-play, 92-yard drive that took just over eight minutes.

Without Taylor to contend with, the Illinois defense held its own, keeping the score at 17-3 until the fourth quarter. But the Illini offense never found a rhythm.

''It was an outstanding defense that we were going against,'' Illini coach Lovie Smith said. ''We couldn't establish the run. We had our moments with the passing game, but not enough consistency to win.''

Sophomore Jeff George Jr. and freshman Cam Thomas combined to go 9 of 31 for 152 yards. Thomas threw the interceptions, the second coming midway through the fourth quarter and ending any hopes of a comeback.

The Illini (2-6, 0-5) finally found the end zone on a 3-yard run by Kendrick Foster, but it came with less than a minute left in the game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Wisconsin: The Badgers' hopes for a Big Ten title remained intact despite losing Taylor. They didn't look worthy of making the playoffs, though.

Illinois: The Illini have the worst scoring offense in the Big Ten and it showed. Smith's dual-quarterback approach doesn't seem to be the answer. In the past two games, George has thrown just one touchdown pass and Thomas has thrown three interceptions.

QUARTERBACK WIN STREAK

Wisconsin has not lost a game in Hornibrook's last 14 starts. It's the nation's longest active win streak by a quarterback. The streak started last October with a 17-9 victory over Iowa.

TARGETING PENALTIES

Linebacker James Knight was ejected in the second quarter for targeting. After a 13-yard completion from Hornibrook to wide receiver Quintez Cephus, Knight dived in and tagged Cephus with a late hit to the head. Knight is the fourth Illini to be ejected for targeting this season. Bennett Williams, defensive back Stanley Green, and linebacker Tre Watson are the others.

BANGED-UP BACKFIELD

After starting two consecutive games, Illinois RB Ra'Von Bonner did not suit up against Wisconsin due to a concussion. Bonner has 219 yards on 67 carries and leads the team with four rushing touchdowns this season.

UP NEXT:

Illinois hits the road to face Purdue next Saturday.

Wisconsin is on the road against Indiana next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:49
43-C.McLaughlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
10
Touchdown 0:49
22-K.Foster runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
105
yds
03:05
pos
24
9
Point After TD 3:54
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
3
Touchdown 3:54
63-M.Deiter runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
57
yds
04:42
pos
23
3
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:02
27-R.Gaglianone 52 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
36
yds
00:30
pos
17
3
Field Goal 0:45
43-C.McLaughlin 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
65
yds
06:22
pos
14
3
Point After TD 7:07
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 7:07
37-G.Groshek runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
35
yds
03:13
pos
13
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:07
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 0:07
45-A.Ingold runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
17
plays
82
yds
08:05
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 17
Rushing 9 8
Passing 8 6
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 5-12 6-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 293 250
Total Plays 64 64
Avg Gain 4.6 3.9
Net Yards Rushing 168 134
Rush Attempts 45 33
Avg Rush Yards 3.7 4.1
Net Yards Passing 125 116
Comp. - Att. 10-19 9-31
Yards Per Pass 6.6 3.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 5-36
Penalties - Yards 4-50 5-40
Touchdowns 3 1
Rushing TDs 3 1
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 5-36.6 4-41.0
Return Yards 75 28
Punts - Returns 1-0 1-8
Kickoffs - Returns 1-29 0-0
Int. - Returns 2-46 1-20
Kicking 4/4 2/3
Extra Points 3/3 1/1
Field Goals 1/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
5 Wisconsin 8-0 7100724
Illinois 2-6 030710
125 PASS YDS 116
168 RUSH YDS 134
293 TOTAL YDS 250
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.6% 135 0 1 101.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 1570 13 8 158.8
A. Hornibrook 10/19 135 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 73 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
161 1185 11
J. Taylor 12 73 0 29
G. Groshek 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 51 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 219 2
G. Groshek 12 51 1 18
B. Shaw 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 279 2
B. Shaw 12 40 0 9
Q. Cephus 87 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 5 0
Q. Cephus 2 6 0 4
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
A. Taylor 1 4 0 4
M. Deiter 63 OL
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
M. Deiter 1 4 1 4
A. Ingold 45 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 14 1
A. Ingold 1 1 1 1
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 -61 0
A. Hornibrook 1 -10 0 -10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Pryor 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 66 0
K. Pryor 2 37 0 19
Q. Cephus 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 477 5
Q. Cephus 3 31 0 13
T. Fumagalli 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 381 3
T. Fumagalli 2 31 0 24
Z. Neuville 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 68 2
Z. Neuville 1 12 0 12
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 168 2
A. Taylor 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Orr 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 1.0
C. Orr 7-0 1.0 0
A. Farrar 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Farrar 4-0 0.0 0
R. Connelly 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Connelly 3-0 0.0 0
A. James 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.0
A. James 3-1 2.0 0
N. Jamerson 12 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
N. Jamerson 3-0 0.0 0
A. Van Ginkel 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
A. Van Ginkel 3-0 1.0 0
Jo. Ferguson 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
Jo. Ferguson 2-0 0.0 1
O. Sagapolu 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
O. Sagapolu 2-0 0.0 0
G. Dooley 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
G. Dooley 2-1 0.0 0
T. Edwards 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 3 0.0
T. Edwards 2-0 0.0 0
D. Tindal 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
D. Tindal 2-1 0.0 1
T. Johnson 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
T. Johnson 2-0 1.0 0
L. Jacobs 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
L. Jacobs 1-0 0.0 0
N. Nelson 11 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Nelson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Sheehy 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Sheehy 1-1 0.0 0
D. Carriere-Williams 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
D. Carriere-Williams 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gaglianone 27 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
8/10 36/36
R. Gaglianone 1/1 52 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lotti 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 36.6 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
27 40.0 3
A. Lotti 5 36.6 3 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 29.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 23.9 29 0
A. Taylor 1 29.0 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Nelson 11 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 6.5 0 0
N. Nelson 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. George Jr. 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
35% 108 0 0 80.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.4% 1001 4 7 109.7
J. George Jr. 7/20 108 0 0
C. Thomas 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
18.2% 44 0 2 15.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
26.7% 77 0 3 29.8
C. Thomas 2/11 44 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Thomas 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 78 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 157 0
C. Thomas 10 78 0 27
K. Foster 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 97 1
K. Foster 15 66 1 18
R. Corbin 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 78 0
R. Corbin 4 18 0 8
J. George Jr. 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 -17 0
J. George Jr. 4 -28 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Turner 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 58 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 255 0
M. Turner 2 58 0 29
M. Dudek 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 262 1
M. Dudek 3 33 0 20
R. Smalling 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 369 2
R. Smalling 1 26 0 26
L. Dorsey 19 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 214 1
L. Dorsey 2 25 0 15
R. Corbin 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 17 0
R. Corbin 1 10 0 10
D. Thieman 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 119 0
D. Thieman 0 0 0 0
C. Reams 13 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Reams 0 0 0 0
S. Mays 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
S. Mays 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Phillips 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
D. Phillips 10-2 0.0 0
S. Green 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 1 0.0
S. Green 9-0 0.0 0
D. Harding 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Harding 5-0 0.0 0
P. Nelson 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
P. Nelson 5-1 0.0 0
T. Oliver 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
T. Oliver 4-0 1.0 0
J. Milan 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Milan 3-1 0.0 0
J. Marchese 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Marchese 2-1 0.0 0
J. Dunlap 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Dunlap 2-0 0.0 0
B. Williams 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
B. Williams 2-1 0.0 1
J. Williams 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Williams 2-1 0.0 0
J. Woods 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Woods 1-0 0.0 0
T. Odenigbo 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Odenigbo 1-1 0.0 0
N. Hobbs 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Hobbs 1-0 0.0 0
J. Knight 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Knight 1-0 0.0 0
C. McLaughlin 43 K
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. McLaughlin 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McLaughlin 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
11/15 11/11
C. McLaughlin 1/2 28 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Hayes 14 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
40 41.8 4
B. Hayes 4 41.0 2 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Turner 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
M. Turner 1 8.0 8 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WISC 25 1:21 3 1 Punt
13:15 ILL 40 1:23 3 6 Punt
8:12 WISC 8 8:05 17 92 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:34 WISC 15 2:44 6 40 INT
10:20 WISC 50 3:13 8 50 TD
0:32 WISC 30 0:30 4 36 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 WISC 17 4:19 7 31 Punt
5:25 WISC 27 2:33 6 14 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:12 WISC 30 1:19 3 5 Punt
8:36 WISC 43 4:42 8 57 TD
0:45 ILL 42 0:08 2 -3 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 ILL 39 0:09 3 21 INT
11:45 ILL 19 3:25 8 41 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:07 ILL 25 0:00 3 4 Punt
10:37 WISC 45 0:10 3 -5 Fumble
7:07 ILL 25 6:22 12 65 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ILL 25 1:22 4 14 Punt
9:04 ILL 10 3:32 6 21 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:38 ILL 19 2:13 9 51 FG Miss
12:41 ILL 22 3:53 9 40 INT
3:54 ILL 25 3:05 11 75 TD