GAMEDAY College Football

Wisconsin 24, Illinois 0

By TERRY TOWERY
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Chez Mellusi ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin beat Illinois 24-0.

Braelon Allen rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and John Chenal carried nine times for 38 yards and a touchdown for the Badgers.

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz was 10-of-19 passing for 100 yards with an interception. The Badgers (2-3, 1-2 Big Ten Conference) outgained Illinois 491-93 yards in total offense.

Coming into the game, Wisconsin ranked third in the nation and led the Big Ten in total defense, allowing just 249 yards per game and allowing just 4.3 yards per play. Illinois (2-5, 1-3) had been showing progress in its running game.

Something had to give. On Saturday, it was the Illinois running game.

"Our defensive coaches put together a good plan to counter the running game," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. "But the kids bring it to life."

Chase Brown led all Illinois rushers with 35 yards on eight carries. Brown rushed for 257 yards against Charlotte last week and tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns.

Illinois starting quarterback Brandon Peters was 3-of-7 passing for 30 yards before sustaining an unknown injury while being sacked in the second quarter. Artur Sitkowski replaced him and went 8 of 27 for 55 yards.

After the game, Illinois coach Bret Bielema said he had no update on Peters or star linebacker Jake Hansen, who also left the game in the first half due to an unknown injury.

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Scoring Summary
First Quarter WiscIll
Wisc FG 4:14 Collin Larsh 25 yd FG 3 0
Second Quarter WiscIll
Wisc TD 5:27 John Chenal 1 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 10 0
Third Quarter WiscIll
Wisc TD 8:38 Chez Mellusi 15 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 17 0
Wisc TD 1:00 Braelon Allen 23 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 24 0
Team Stats
  Wisconsin Illinois
First downs 30 9
  Rushing 25 1
  Passing 5 3
  Penalty 0 5
3rd Down Efficiency 7-13, 54% 1-12, 8%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 61-391 13-26
Passing Yards 100 67
Return Yards 5 -4
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-19-1 11-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1--9
Punts 2 7
Punts-Average 42 46.6
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-101 0-0
Time of Possession 42:43 17:17
Wisconsin Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Mertz 10 19 100 0 1
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Sitkowski 8 27 55 0 0
B. Peters 3 7 12 0 0
Wisconsin Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Mellusi 21 145 6.9 1
B. Allen 18 131 7.3 1
B. Schipper 6 36 6.0 0
J. Chenal 9 28 3.1 1
G. Mertz 2 22 11.0 0
K. Pryor 2 13 6.5 0
C. Dike 1 12 12.0 0
J. Dunn 2 4 2.0 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 8 35 4.4 0
J. McCray 3 1 0.3 0
I. Williams 1 -1 -1.0 0
B. Peters 1 -9 -9.0 0
Wisconsin Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Pryor 2 47 23.5 0
C. Dike 3 22 7.3 0
J. Chenal 2 14 7.0 0
J. Ferguson 1 13 13.0 0
B. Schipper 1 4 4.0 0
C. Mellusi 1 0 0.0
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Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Williams 4 23 5.8 0
D. Navarro III 1 16 16.0 0
L. Ford 2 11 5.5 0
D. Campbell 1 7 7.0 0
C. Brown 2 5 2.5 0
C. Washington 1 5 5.0 0
Wisconsin Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Joseph 1 0
Wisconsin Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Vujnovich 1 56 56.0
C. Schlichting 1 28 28.0
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Hayes 7 326 46.6
Wisconsin Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Engram 1 5 5.0
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Navarro III 1 -4 -4.0
Wisconsin Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Wisconsin Missed FG
Player Length
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length




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