Notes: Wisconsin Rebounds To Best Illinois

Notes: Wisconsin Rebounds To Best Illinois

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Notes: Wisconsin Rebounds To Best Illinois

MADISON, Wis – Postgame notes from No.23 Wisconsin’s 49-20 victory over Illinois at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday, provided by UW Athletics.

TEAM NOTES

  • Today’s captains: senior OL Michael Deiter, senior ILB T.J. Edwards and junior QB Alex Hornibrook.
  • Today’s attendance: 79,736
  • Wisconsin improved to 39-9 (.813) overall and 25-5 (.833) in Big Ten play under fourth-year head coach Paul Chryst. Chryst is 4-0 vs. Illinois as the Badgers’ head coach.
  • The Badgers improved to 8-1 following a loss under Chryst.
  • UW is 50-12 (.806) over the last 5 seasons and trails only Alabama (59-5, .922), Ohio State (55-6, .902) and Clemson (55-7, .887) in wins and winning percentage among FBS teams in that span.
  • Wisconsin improved to 24-3 (.889) vs. the Big Ten West Division since the league moved to its current divisional setup in 2014.
  • The Badgers have won 16 straight games over their Big Ten West Division rivals, a streak that began on Nov. 28, 2015. UW has won its last 8 home games vs. foes from the West Division.
  • Wisconsin has gone 32-6 (.842) in Big Ten games over the last 5 seasons (2014-18). Only Ohio State (35-3, .921 entering Saturday) has a better league record over that span.
  • The Badgers have won 9 straight meetings with the Illini, the longest win streak by either team in the history of a series that dates to 1895.
  • Wisconsin has outscored Illinois by a margin of 145-46 in the teams’ 4 meetings since Paul Chryst took over as head coach at UW, an average of 24.8 points per game.
  • UW scored a season-high 49 points, the team’s highest scoring output in a Big Ten game since a 49-20 win at Purdue in 2016.
  • The Badgers forced 5 turnovers, their most since recording 5 takeaways in a 31-21 win over Minnesota on Nov. 28, 2015.
  • UW forced all 5 turnovers in the first half, its most in a half since logging 5 takeaways in the first half vs. Northwestern (Nov. 27, 2010).
  • Wisconsin matched its season high with 3.0 sacks, equaling the team’s 3.0 sacks last week at Michigan.
  • After recording 357 rushing yards vs. Illinois, Wisconsin improved its Big Ten-leading rushing average to 291.1 yards per game.
  • The Badgers feature a pair of 100-yard rushers (Jonathan Taylor 159, Taiwan Deal 111) for the first time since Taylor and Chris James did it against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 9, 2017.
  • Senior S Evan Bondoc made the first start of his career, becoming the 19th first-time starter for the Badgers this season, a number that includes 4 cornerbacks and 4 safeties.
  • Overall, Wisconsin has started 5 different safeties in 7 games: senior D’Cota Dixon
    (5 starts), redshirt freshman Scott Nelson (5), sophomore Eric Burrell (2), true freshman
    Reggie Pearson (1) and Bondoc (1).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor ran for 159 yards on 27 carries. He now has 1,109 yards on the season.
  • Taylor became the 9th player in school history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and the first since Melvin Gordon in 2013 and 2014. For the 2nd-straight year, Taylor reached the 1,000-yard plateau in the 7th game of the season. He passed the 1,000-yard mark on his 153rd carry of the year.
  • Taylor has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in all 7 games this season, and 17 times in 21 career games. He has rushed for 100-plus yards in 8 straight games, dating back to last season.
  • Taylor now owns 8 career games of 150-plus yards, including 3 this season.
  • Taylor has averaged 179.0 rushing yards in the Badgers’ 5 games at Camp Randall Stadium this season.
  • Junior QB Alex Hornibrook became the 7th player in school history to throw for 5,000 yards and now has 5,157 for his career to rank 6th all-time at UW. He needs just 114 yards to match Scott Tolzien (5,271) for 5th on UW’s career passing list.
  • Hornibrook threw for 3 touchdown passes, his second 3-TD game of the season and the 6th of his career. UW is 10-0 when Hornibrook throws multiple TD passes in a game.
  • Hornibrook’s 45 career TD passes rank 4th all-time at UW.
  • Hornibrook is 25-5 (.833) as the Badgers’ starting QB, including a 19-3 (.864) mark in Big Ten play.
  • Senior RB Taiwan Deal ran for 111 yards on 12 carries with 2 touchdowns. Deal topped the century mark for the second time in his career and the first time since running for 147 yards against Hawaii in 2015. Deal recorded the 5th multi-TD game his career.
  • Senior FB Alec Ingold scored his 4th rushing touchdown of the season, and 15th of his career, on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He added his 1st touchdown reception of the season, and 4th of his career, on a 19-yard catch and run in the third quarter.
  • Ingold scored a rushing touchdown and a TD reception in the same game for the 3rd time in his career.
  • Ingold has scored 19 total touchdowns on 104 touches in his career, an average of one touchdown every 5.5 touches.
  • Freshman WR Aron Cruickshank scored the first touchdown of his career on a 23-yard run in the first quarter.
  • Junior TE Kyle Penniston recorded his 1st touchdown of the season on an 11-yard reception from Hornibrook in the second quarter.
  • Redshirt freshman TE Jake Ferguson caught 3 passes for 62 yards, including his 3rd touchdown reception of the season.
  • Senior NT Olive Sagapolu recorded the first interception of his career, deflecting an MJ Rivers pass and pulling in the pick in the second quarter.
  • Redshirt freshman DE Matt Henningsen notched the first sack of his career.
  • Senior ILB T.J. Edwards recorded the 9th interception of his career to match the Badgers’ school record for INT by a linebacker (Craig Raddatz, 1983-86).
  • Senior OLB Andrew Van Ginkel tied for team lead with 6 tackles, including his 2nd sack of the season.
  • Junior OLB Zack Baun had the first sack of his career.
  • Senior S Evan Bondoc recorded a career-high 5 tackles, as well as the first TFLs, forced fumble and interception of his career.
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