|Rushes - Yards||50-258||27-42|
|Total Offense (Plays-Yards)||70-357||68-206|
|Fumble Returns - Yards||0-0||0-0|
|Punt Returns - Yards||5-38||3-42|
|Kickoff Returns - Yards||2-35||4-86|
|Interception Returns - Yards||0-0||0-0|
|Punts (Num - Avg.)||5-38.6||8-44.6|
|Fumbles - Lost||1-1||2-1|
|Time of Possession||34:09||25:51|
|Third Down Conversions||9-17||8-18|
|Fourth Down Conversions||1-1||0-0|
|Red Zone Scores - Chances||2-2||1-2|
|Sacks By: Num - Yards||2-12||1-4|
The Wisconsin defensive line did just what they wanted to do, they stopped the Illini ground attack. Both Pierre Thomas and EB Halsey were ineffective for the entire game. Fullback Jason Davis led the Illini in rushing with 30 yards on his eight carries.
Jason Davis: Davis was the only Illini player who was able to consistently gain ground on every rushing attempt he had. He did not lose a yard on any of his eight carries, and kept the Illini offense moving forward when the ball was handed to him. In a game where the Wisconsin defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage, Jason Davis was still able to push the offense forward slowly, but surely.
EB Halsey: This may have been Halsey's worst game in an Illini uniform. Outside of his one run for twenty yards, he was only able to muster seven yards on seven carries.
Pierre Thomas: Not only was this probably the worst game of EB Halsey's Illini career, it also could be classified as the worst game of Pierre Thomas' Illinois career. On five carries, Pierre could only muster losing one net yard, and his longest run was three yards. So outside of that carry for three yards, his other four carries each averaged losing a yard.
Ugly. That single word could easily sum up the Illini passing game on Saturday afternoon. Coach Turner went through three quarterbacks until the Illini could muster any movement forward with the offense. Jon Beutjer was completely ineffective, and seemed to have reverted into his former gun slinging self. Only Chris Pazan was able to move the Illini offense down the field for a touchdown.
Jon Beutjer: Jon may have lost the Illini starting quarterback job with his performance on Saturday. It is never a good sign when the Head Coach responds to a question about who is the number one quarterback with "we will look at the game films and see where we are."
Chris Pazan: Pazan was the only Illini quarterback that was able to move the ball. He connected with Melvin Bryant with a three yard touchdown pass for the Illini's only score of the game, and he also had one would be touchdown pass to Kendrick Jones called back.
It will be interesting to see who Turner names as the starter for the Michigan State game on Saturday. Brad Bower had been the number two quarterback for Illinois earlier in the year, but he was pulled on Saturday after just one series under center. Chris Pazan was the only effective quarterback for the Illini against Wisconsin, and Jon Beutjer is the senior who has been the starter for parts of the last three seasons.
With the complete lack of a passing game, the Illini receivers were pretty much non-existent on Saturday afternoon in Madison. Jason Davis led the Illini in receiving yards, and all of his catches came on swing passes out of the backfield. The Illini wide receivers only had eight receptions, and tight end Melvin Bryant had two. The Illini backfield of Jason Davis and EB Halsey each had five catches.
Melvin Bryant: The Illini tight end caught the only touchdown pass from Illini quarterback Chris Pazan on a three yard reception in the third quarter.
The Illini defense once again showed its complete susceptiveness to the run. Every one knew Wisconsin would play traditional Big Ten football with the three yards and a cloud of dust style that Barry Alvarez loves to employ. Illinois' defensive line was not able to get a push against the Badger offensive line almost all game. There were only six tackles by the Illini for a loss on the afternoon, four of them coming from the defensive line: Scott Moss, Ryan Matha (2), and Josh Norris.
|Arthur Boyd III||1||1||2|
Justin Harrison: The freshman from Bloomington received his first start on Saturday, and he was able to record ten tackles from the defensive back field. It was unfortunate that he was required to do so much tackling, especially because the Badgers ran all game. It meant Anthony Davis made it through the defensive line and the linebackers before Harrison was able to slow him down.
Mike O'Brien: Once again Mike O'Brien was at the bottom of the list of tacklers for the Illini. The senior defensive end just has not had the effect on the game that was expected from him this season. I have a feeling his injury is still slowing him down, but for Illinois to succeed he needs to produce more.