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Postgame Notes: Wisconsin vs. Illinois


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Nov. 19, 2011

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Postgame Notes
Wisconsin at Illinois
Nov. 19, 2011
Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Ill.

Team Notes
•    By improving to 9-2 on the season, Wisconsin has recorded at least nine wins for the third-consecutive year and seventh time in the last eight seasons.

•    Wisconsin improved to 18-2 in regular-season games played after Nov. 1 under head coach Bret Bielema.

•    The Badgers are now 30-7 since the start of the 2009 season.

•    Wisconsin improved to 40-2 under Bret Bielema when holding opponents below 20 points, including 17-straight wins. UW also improved to 53-7 when scoring more than 20 points under Bielema.

•    Following the Badgers’ victory, the all-time series between Wisconsin and Illinois is now tied at 35-35-7.

•    After allowing 224 yards of total offense to Illinois in the first half, the Badgers surrendered just 77 total yards in the second half.

•    Excluding a kneel-down to end the game, Wisconsin converted each of its four trips to the red zone into touchdowns. The Badgers lead the nation in red-zone TD percentage and have converted 51 of 59 red-zone trips into TDs (.864).

•    QB Russell Wilson and RB Montee Ball combined to score four touchdowns Saturday and now have contributed to 57 of Wisconsin’s 68 touchdowns on the season (83.8 percent).

Individual Notes
•    Junior RB Montee Ball scored a touchdown for the 17th-straight game and has scored at least two TDs in every game this season.

•    With three TDs today (two rushing and one receiving), Ball becomes just the fifth player in FBS history to score at least 30 touchdowns in a season.

•    Ball went over 100 yards for the seventh time this season and the 13th time in his career, finishing with a career-high 38 carries for a career-high 224 yards. In the last three weeks he has run for 613 yards, an average of 204.3 per game. In four November games last season, he averaged 161.3 yards.

•    Senior QB Russell Wilson has thrown at least one TD pass in 35-straight games, just one shy of the NCAA record of 36-straight set by Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell in 2006.

•    Wilson also ran for a touchdown, his fifth rushing TD of the season and 22nd of his career. Wilson has accounted for 32 TDs this season (26 passing, five rushing, one receiving).

•    Sophomore LB Chris Borland forced two fumbles on the day, giving him four on the season and nine in his career. Borland also had a career-high 16 tackles -- giving him six double-digit tackle performances this season.

•    Junior LB Mike Taylor recovered his first fumble of the season and second of his career. It was his first fumble recovery since his first career game, vs. Northern Illinois on Sept. 5, 2009. Taylor finished with 13 tackles, his sixth double-digit tackle performance of the season.

•    Senior CB Antonio Fenelus recorded his fourth interception of the season and ninth of his career. That moves him into a tie for eighth all-time in Wisconsin history.

•    Senior FS Aaron Henry recorded his third interception of the season and fifth of his career.

•    Sophomore SS Shelton Johnson recorded his second interception of the season and second of his career with a pick in the fourth quarter.

•    Senior P Brad Nortman’s 74-yard punt in the third quarter was the longest of the season and second-longest of his career (76 yards vs. Austin Peay, Sept. 25, 2010). Nortman averaged 48.2 yards on his four punts and placed three inside the 20.

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