Yawn, Wisconsin ... No Longer

It's a day of career highs for Wisconsin. One of P.J. Hill's two touchdowns was a 72-yard scamber, his longest as a Badger, and fullback Chris Pressley scored his first touchdown as a Badger. Playing for the first time in two weeks, Lance Smith is fresh, scoring another rushing touchdown as UW beat NIU 44-3.

Wisconsin's offense gains 431 total yards and the Badger defense limits the Huskies to under 100 yards, as Wisconsin becomes bowl eligable for the sixth-straight season, beating Northern Illinois 44-3. Full coverage from Badger Nation to follow ...

First Half

First Quareter

7-0 UW

9 plays, 65 yards, 4:43 TOP, 10:11 Remamining

Garrett Graham 25-yard pass from Tyler Donovan (Mehlhaff kick)

Key play: As Donovan dropped back to pass, Graham slipped past the defense, ending up wide open in the middle of the field for the easy score.

On the opening kicoff, NIU RB Bicky Crider had to be taken off the field in an ambulance. Crider was taken to University Hospital with a broken leg.

14-0 UW

1 plays, 72 yards, :13 TOP, 8:50 Remamining

P.J. Hill 72-yard run (Mehlhaff kick)

Key play: Given excellent field position by David Gilreath, Hill ran right through the middle of the defense, scampering 72 yards to the endzone.

Second Quarter

21-0 UW

8 plays, 48 yards, 3:59 TOP, 14:55 Remamining

Chris Pressley 10-yard run (Mehlhaff kick)

Key Play: For a man who doesn't get as much as credit as he deserves, Pressley was rewarded when he pounded through the middle of the Huskie defense, scoring his first touchdown as a Badger.

28-0 UW

5 plays, 33 yards, 1:56 TOP, 10:30 Remamining

Lance Smith 9-yard run (Mehlhaff kick)

Key play: Playing for the first time in two weeks, Lance Smith used his fresh legs to bounce to the outside, going untouched for the touchdown.

31-0 UW

11 plays, 42 yards, 6:11 TOP, 2:34 Remamining

FG Mehlhaff 32

Key play: On third-and-four, Donovan delievered a perfect pass to Kyle Jefferson, who was running the slant route over the middle. Unfortantely for Wisconsin, Jefferson couldn't hang on and UW settled for the field goal.

Second Half

Third Quarter

38-0 UW

3 plays, 4 yards, 1:23 TOP, 9:56 Remamining

Hill one-yard run (Mehlhaff kick)

Key play: Wisconsin was staked to excellent field position when sophomore Shane Carter intercepted his second pass of the game and returned the ball all the way down to the NIU four-yard line.

41-0 UW

9 plays, 62 yards, 4:20 TOP, 2:59 Remamining

FG Mehlhaff 21

Key play: Northern Illinois appeared to have grabbed a P.J. Hill fumble on second-and-four, but officials ruled that Hill's forward progress has been stopped, giving the ball back to the Badgers.

41-3 UW

5 plays, 46 yards, 1:59 TOP, :51 Remamining

FG Chris Nendick 34

Key play: Backup QB Ryan Morris hit WR Matt Simon for a 38-yard gain on the first play of the Huskies drive, putting NIU on the Badger 25.

44-3 UW

14 plays, 46 yards, 7:13 TOP, 8:28 Remamining

FG Mehlhaff 34

Key play: Wisconsin continues to be one of the best teams in the nation in terms of ball control. Wisconsin entered the game fourth in the nation with an average of 33:11 time of possession.

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