Wisconsin will head into its game against Penn State next week with a chance to win the Big Ten Leaders Division. (That's the one with Ohio State in it.) Illinois made a valiant attempt to upset the Badgers and take away Wisconsin's ability to control its own destiny, but a 14-point third quarter put the game out of reach.
Former Heisman contender Russell Wilson attempted just 13 passes, but completed 10 of them for 90 yards and a touchdown. But Montee Ball carried the Badgers, toting the football 38 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He also had a receiving touchdown, accounting for all of Wisconsin's points except for Wilson's one-yard touchdown run.
Illinois actually slightly outgained the Badgers but couldn't keep the ball in the right team's hands. Reilly O'Toole and Nathan Scheelhaase combined to throw three interceptions in the loss. The Fighting Illini have now lost five straight after a strong opening to the season.