An overview of the University of Wisconsin football team's performance in a 31-14 victory over Illinois at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.
UW defensive coordinator Chris Ash: Illinois’ 284 yards of total offense was a season low by a UW opponent. Ash’s unit helped keep the Badgers in the game until the offense finally awoke from its slumber in the second half.
Kyle French: The sophomore’s career-long 46-yard field goal in the third quarter was a huge confidence-booster – for him and coach Bret Bielema.
UW students: A lot of them have gone from showing up late to not showing up at all. Huge sections in Section O and Section P were unfilled.
By the numbers
6.5: average distance, in yards, UW faced on third down. The Badgers were 2-for-10 on third down to fall to an abysmal 28.2 percent on the season.
20: consecutive wins at home for the Badgers, the second-longest active streak in the nation.
194: passes attempted by UW opponents this season before the Badgers registered their first interception.
How the Badgers see it: In Stave we trust. At least until it’s Curt Phillips’ turn. Or Danny O’Brien’s.
How the fans see it: What a deal this season. Pay to see football games and an Abbott and Costello act is included: Who’s at quarterback? I don’t know who’s at tailback.
How the pollsters see it: Now we know why Bielema didn’t know President Barack Obama was in town this week: He was too busy thinking up new variations of musical chairs for quarterbacks.