Football postgame notes

Statistical notes from Wisconsin's 41-24 win over Illinois

  • With his five touchdowns Saturday, Wisconsin tailback Brian Calhoun tied the school record for the most touchdowns in a season with 21. He has 19 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns. Former Badger tailback Ron Dayne had 21 touchdowns in the 1996 season.
  • With four games left this season, Calhoun is just five touchdowns away from tying the Big Ten single-season record.
  • Calhoun has had at least one touchdown in every game and has had at least two touchdowns in five of the Badgers' nine games. He has had at least 100 yards rushing in a game seven times this season, including his 197-yard performance Saturday in Champaign, Ill.
  • With 197 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving, Calhoun managed 234 all-purpose yards Saturday. He now has 1,657 all-purpose yards this season, the sixth-best mark in school history.
  • After giving up 538 yards total offense Saturday, Wisconsin's defense has now allowed more than 400 yards in all but one Big Ten game. The Badgers have yielded more than 500 yards in three of the past four games.
  • Illinois ran for 261 yards Saturday, the fourth consecutive team to run for more than 200 yards versus the Badgers. UW has allowed 1,201 rushing yards in the past four games (Northwestern, Minnesota, Purdue, Illinois).
  • Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is now 8-5-1 all-time against Illinois. He is 65-58-3 in Big Ten games and 116-71-4 overall.
  • Wisconsin has scored more than 30 points in seven of its nine games, including Saturday against Illinois.
  • With his 44 yards rushing Saturday, Illinois tailback E. B. Halsey is now 25th on Illinois' all-time rushing list. He now has 1,236 career rushing yards.
  • Saturday's 116-yard performance marked the third time this season Brasic has led his teammates in rushing yards. It was also a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback.
  • Illinois has one of the youngest teams in the country this season, with 12 freshmen and sophomores and four seniors in the starting lineup. Eleven true freshmen have seen significant playing time this season.

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