After both defenses managed to produce a scoreless first quarter of play, the Illinois Fighting Illini broke open the scoring early in the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead over the Wisconsin Badgers. The Illini touchdown drive was an 11-play, 51-yard effort that took 5:14 of game time and culminated in a 12-yard touchdown run by Donovonn Young.
Illini quarterback Nathan Sheelhaase has gotten off to a particularly strong start, completing 9/10 passes for 59 yards while spreading the ball to four different receivers. Although the Badgers rushing attack has been strong, with RB Montee Ball ripping off 45 yards on 8 carries, the Badgers have not been able to get within striking distance as of yet, due to a fumble by Russell Wilson on a sack by Whitney Mercilus.
After taking the ball away from the Badgers, the Illini marched down the field for another touchdown to take a 14-0 lead on a one-yard run by Donovonn Young. Is an upset brewing in Champaign?
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