Fine finish: Badgers use strong second half to roll Illini

Illinois Wisconsin 31, Illinois 14
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 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Montee Ball - 19 Car, 116 Yds, 2 TD
 • Passing: Joel Stave - 16-25, 254 Yds, 2 TD, INT
 • Receiving: Jared Abbrederis - 7 Rec, 117 Yds, TD
 • Defense: Mike Taylor - 12 Tkl, 1.5 TFL
 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
 No scoring
 Second Quarter
ILL 13:16 Scheelhaase 5 TD run (Zalewski kick)
WIS 3:26 White 62 TD pass from Stave (French kick)
 Third Quarter
WIS 5:53 French 46 FG
 Fourth Quarter
WIS 13:28 Ball 9 TD run (French kick)
WIS 11:40 Abbrederis 59 TD pass from Stave (French kick)
ILL 6:27 Lankfod 8 TD pass from Scheelhaase (Zalewski kick)
WIS 3:26 Ball 19 TD run (French kick)
 Stats at a Glance
ILL WIS
 • First Downs 15 18
 • Total Offensive Yards 284 427
 • Passing Yards 178 254
 • Rushing Yards 106 173
 • Penalties-Yards 4-30 5-45
 • Turnovers 2 2
 • Punts-Avg. 8-40.4 5-41.6
 • Punt Returns-Avg. 2-0.5 5-5.2
 • Kick Returns-Avg. 6-12.5 0-0.0
 • 3rd-Down Conversions 5-16 2-10
 • 4th-Down Conversions 1-1 0-0
 • Time of Possession 31:48 28:12
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Oct. 6, 2012

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes and Montee Ball rushed for two more as Wisconsin defeated Illinois 31-14 on Saturday.

Stave threw for 254 yards for the Badgers (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who rushed for 173 yards - 96 in the fourth quarter.

The offensive struggles of the Illini (2-4, 0-2) continued, with quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase the only positive. He finished with 178 yards passing and 84 rushing as Illinois gained 287 yards overall.

Scheelhaase ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the first quarter and threw for an 8-yard touchdown to Ryan Lankford to make it 24-14 late in the game.

But Jared Abbrederis fielded the ensuing onside kick, and Montee Ball scored his second touchdown of the game to snuff any hopes of an Illinois comeback.

Ball has 59 rushing TDs in his career, nine shy of the NCAA record. He finished with 19 carries for 116 yards.

 Fast Facts
• Ball scores two TDs, moves into 3rd all-time
• Stave throws for 254 yards, 2 TDs
• Badgers win 20th-consecutive home game

Abbrederis caught Stave's 59-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that put Wisconsin up 24-7 and gave him his third consecutive game with more than 100 receiving yards since returning from an injury. He finished with seven catches for 117 yards.

The Badgers capitalized on a pair of Illinois miscues for their other second-half points.

With the game tied at 7-7 after Stave hit James White for a 62-yard touchdown on a screen pass, Stave connected with Derek Watt for 26 yards, and Illinois defensive back Terry Hawthorne was called for a personal foul on the hit, putting the ball at the Illinois 33.

Following the collision, Hawthorne lay motionless on the field and was put on a stretcher and taken off in an ambulance, giving a thumbs up as he was loaded into the vehicle.

The drive ended when Kyle French made a 46-yard field goal.

Illinois' next drive stalled near midfield, and a shanked 10-yard punt by Justin DuVernois gave Wisconsin good field position. James White had a 22-yard run, Stave hit Abbrederis for 15 yards, and Ball ran it in from 9 yards out to put Wisconsin up 17-7.

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