Postgame Notes: Wisconsin vs. Illinois


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Postgame Notes
Wisconsin vs. Illinois
Oct. 6, 2012
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wis.
 
Team Notes
• Wisconsin owns the second-longest active home winning streak in the country, having now won its last 20 games at Camp Randall Stadium.
 
• UW has also won 11 consecutive home games against Big Ten opponents, the second-longest conference home winning streak in the country.
 
• The Badgers improved to 6-1 in Big Ten home openers under Bret Bielema.
 
• Bielema is 43-3 (.935) in home games in his seven seasons as UW’s head coach.
 
• Wisconsin’s offense racked up a season-high 427 yards. UW’s previous high was 423 vs. UTEP (Sept. 22).
 
• The Badgers gave up a season-low 284 yards of total offense to the Illini, besting the 306 yards allowed to Northern Iowa (Sept. 1).
 
• Wisconsin threw for a season-high 254 yards and surrendered a season-low 178 passing yards.
 
• The Badgers’ defense has now allowed just 42 yards in six game-opening drives and has not allowed a first down in any of the last five games. Fifteen of those yards came on a personal foul penalty against Northern Iowa.
 
• Wisconsin tied a season high with four sacks, matching their total vs. UTEP (Sept. 22).
 
• Wisconsin has held 14 of its last 20 opponents to fewer than 18 points, going 13-1 in those games.
 
• After being penalized five times for 45 yards in the first half, Wisconsin did not commit a penalty in the second half.
 
• All four of Wisconsin’s touchdown drives consumed less than 3 minutes of clock. Entering Saturday, only two of the
Badgers’ 14 touchdown drives on the year checked in under 3 minutes.
• The Badgers averaged 7.4 yards per play, matching their season high that was first set against UTEP (Sept. 22).
 
Individual Notes
• Senior RB Montee Ball scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half to move into a tie for third in NCAA history with 69 career TDs with Texas Tech’s Taurean Henderson. Ball needs just 10 TDs to break the NCAA record of 78 held by Miami (Ohio)’s Travis Prentice.
 
• Ball’s 69 career TDs rank No. 2 in Big Ten history, two shy of former Badgers RB Ron Dayne’s record total of 71.
 
• Ball now has 63 career rushing touchdowns, tying him for fifth in NCAA history with Dayne (the NCAA record book does not include the eight TDs Dayne scored in bowl games).
 
• With 116 rushing yards on 19 carries, Ball notched the 19th 100-yard rushing game of his career.
 
• Junior WR Jared Abbrederis went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the third straight game. The last Badger to do that was Lee Evans in 2001.
 
• Abbrederis’s 59-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter was his fifth reception over 45 yards this season.
 
• Abbrederis has caught a TD pass in each of the last three games. He now has 16 career receiving TDs, tying Chris Chambers and Garrett Graham for sixth-most in school history.
 
• Abbrederis leads the Big Ten averaging 103.2 receiving yards per game this season and is currently averaging 19.1 yards per reception.
 
• Freshman QB Joel Stave threw for a career-high 254 yards, going over the 200-yard mark for the third time in three career starts. Stave also set career highs for completions (16) and attempts (25).
 
• Senior CB Devin Smith recorded the Badgers’ first interception of the season, picking off Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase in the second quarter. It was Smith’s fourth career interception and his first since Oct. 2, 2010 (at Michigan State).
 
• Junior RB James White’s 62-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was the longest reception of White’s career and his first receiving TD as a Badger. It was UW’s longest play from scrimmage this season and the fourth pass of at least 47 yards that QB Joel Stave has completed this season.
 
• Senior LB Mike Taylor recorded 12 total tackles, the 11th time in his last 16 games he has finished with at least 12 stops.
 
• Junior LB Chris Borland finished with 10 tackles, the 11th double-digit tackle performance of his career.
 
• Junior LB Ethan Armstrong matched his career high (set this season vs. Oregon State) with 10 total tackles.
 
• DE Pat Muldoon finished with a career high 2.5 tackles for loss.
 
• Sophomore K Kyle French’s 46-yard field goal in the third quarter was his career long. His previous career-long was 35 yards. He is now 4-of-5 on FGs this season. It was the longest by a Badger since Philip Welch made a 52-yard vs. Purdue on Nov. 5, 2011.
 
• Freshman SS Michael Caputo got his first start as a Badger.
 
• Freshman TE Sam Arneson made his first career reception, a five-yard catch in the first quarter.
 
• Senior SS Shelton Johnson made his first appearance since breaking his arm against Oregon State on Sept. 8.
 
• Senior QB Curt Phillips made his first appearance as a Badger since playing against Hawaii on Dec. 5, 2009.

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