Postgame notes

A look into the stat sheet following Wisconsin's 38-20 win over Illinois.

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  • Illinois quarterback Jon Beutjer completed three of eight passes for 34 yards and an interception on Illinois' first four drives. On the team's last drive of the first half, Beutjer completed 11 of 14 for 70 yards, and led Illinois to a touchdown. In the second half he was nine for 19 for 103 yards and was sacked twice. Beutjer has thrown for more than 200 yards in eight consecutive games.


  • Wisconsin's six scoring drives covered 417 yards in 55 plays and its three opening touchdown drives covered 193 yards in 27 plays. The team's next four possessions, two in the second quarter and two in the third, covered 21 yards in 16 plays. The Badgers then rattled off drives of 80, 69 and 75 yards, before running out the clock with a six-play 20-yard drive to close.


  • Wisconsin tight end Jason Pociask caught his first pass of the season against Illinois, a five-yard reception. Wisconsin's tight ends, not including combo receiver Owen Daniels, have caught two passes this season. Daniels has five receptions for 56 yards.


  • Defensive tackle/offensive guard Kalvin Barrett received his first tally on the defensive stat sheet Saturday with a quarterback hurry and a pass defended after his bull rush drove an offensive lineman into Beutjer.


  • Wisconsin's 63 rushing attempts resulted in some gaudy tackle numbers for the Illini. Linebacker Matt Sinclair led with a game-high 21. Ty Williams (14), Winston Taylor (13) and Marc Jackson (10) all had double-digit tackle totals.


  • Wisconsin's leading tackler, for the third time in five games this season, was Jeff Mack with nine. The Badgers have only had a player record double digit tackles in a game twice this season. Mack had 14 against Akron and Jim Leonhard had 10 against West Virginia.


  • Jim Sorgi's pass attempts have steadily declined each game this season. He threw 34 times against West Virginia but tossed 25 passes against Akron and UNLV, 20 versus North Carolina and just 12 Saturday against Illinois.


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