After struggling to find any semblance of offensive rhythm during its current four-game losing streak, the Illinois Fighting Illini have been clicking on all cylinders in the opening 30 minutes, jumping out to a surprising 17-7 lead over No. 17 Wisconsin. However, the lead could be even larger if not for an offensive pass interference call late in the half that took a touchdown off the board for Illinois.
Everything has been working offensively for the Fighting Illini, as they have gained 222 yards in the first half. The QB duo of Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O'Toole has combined to complete 17/19 for 111 yards. Freshman RB Donovonn Young has rushed for 36 yards and 2 TD's, while senior RB Jason Ford Jason Ford added 34 yards on the ground.
The Illinois defense has been tremendous against Russell Wilson and the high-octane Badgers. The lone TD by the Badgers was setup by a fumbled punt, which gave Wisconsin the ball at the 1-yardline. Montee Ball put the Badgers on the board with an easy TD run. Ball has shown his typical productivity, rushing for 60 yards. However, Wilson has completed only 4/6 for 41 yards.
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