Humbling Defeat

Three touchdowns by Rashard Mendenhall, two interceptions by Tyler Donovan on back-to-back series and the inability to stop the Illinois offense equaled Wisconsin's first loss of 2007.

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Illinois

6 plays, 80 yards, 1:31 TOP, 7:19 Remaining

32-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall (Reda kick)

Key Play: Using a combination of out routes and shovel passes, Juice Williams and the Illini ran right through the Wisconsin defense.

Second Quarter

10-0 Illinois

10 plays, 42 yards, 3:56 TOP, 10:50 Remaining

50-yard kick by Jason Reda

Key Play: On third-and-six, Juice Williams hit Arrelious Benn through triple coverage and the Badgers couldn't tackle the freshman until 26-yards later.

10-0 Illinois

10 plays, 42 yards, 3:56 TOP, 10:50 Remaining

50-yard field goal by Jason Reda

Key Play: On third-and-six, Juice Williams hit Arrelious Benn through triple coverage and the Badgers couldn't tackle the freshman until 26-yards later.

17-0 Illinois

7 plays, 75 yards, 1:24 TOP, 7:04 Remaining

Mendenhall five-yard pass from Williams (Reda kick)

Key Play: On third-and-12, Wisconsin had Mendenhall dead to rights on a screen pass, but Culmer St. Jean over persued and Mendenhall made him pay.

17-3 Illinois

7 plays, 57 yards, 3:12 TOP, 3:52 Remaining

38-yard field goal by Taylor Mehlhaff

Key Play: Wisconsin had been unable to generate anything offensively until Travis Beckum caught a 40-yard pass from Donovan while lying flat on his back.

17-6 Illinois

10 plays, 43 yards, 2:37 TOP, :05 Remaining

26-yard field goal by Taylor Mehlhaff

Key Play: After Luke Swan makes a difficult catch in traffic to give UW first-and-goal at the seven, the Badgers run three straight passing plays, all of which were incomplete, and P.J. Hill didn't even step on the field.

17-13 Illinois

10 plays, 81 yards, 4:52 TOP, 10:08 Remaining

Kyle Jefferson 43-yard touchdown pass from Donovan (Mehlhaff kick)

Key Play: After failing to get the ball to his freshman wide receiver on a number on occassions, Donovan, with his No.1 receiver out for the game, finally hit the freshman, who had beaten his made over the middle of the field.

24-13 Illinois

9 plays, 79 yards, 3:54 TOP, 6:16 Remaining

Mendenhall five-yard run by (Reda kick)

Key Play: Simply put: Illinois ran the ball. Mendenhall broke five tackles on hiw way into the end zone for the third time on the afternoon.

24-19 Illinois

9 plays, 78 yards, 4:46 TOP, 1:30 Remaining

P.J. Hill one-yard run (run failed)

Key Play: Wisconsin went back to the running game and back to workhorse P.J. Hill, who broke a 30-yard run on the first play after sitting on the first series of the second half.

Fourth Quarter

31-19 Illinois

9 plays, 79 yards, 3:55 TOP, 6:05 Remaining

Eddie McGee five-yard run (Reda Kick)

Key Play: Illinois ran the ball.

31-26 Illinois

12 plays, 82 yards, 3:57 TOP, 1:31 Remaining

Garrett Graham 9-yard touchdown pass from Donovan (Mehlhaff Kick)


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