Nov. 19, 2011
ILLINOIS POSTGAME NOTES
#15/13 Wisconsin 28, Illinois 17
Nov. 19, 2011 // Memorial Stadium // Champaign, Ill. // Attendance: 45,519
1. The Illinois defense held Wisconsin's offense, which entered the contest averaging 499 yards per game, to 285 total yards, 214 fewer than the Badgers' average. The 285 yards today marks Wisconsin's lowest yardage in a game since the Badgers accumulated 230 against Iowa on Oct. 17, 2009.
2. The Illini also limited Wisconsin to 28 points, its lowest output of the season. The Badgers' previous low was 29 against Ohio State and they average 46.5 per game. Their 28 points today is Wisconsin's lowest scoring total in a Big Ten game since finishing with 24 last year at Michigan State (Oct. 2, 2010).
3. The Illini held the Badgers scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season. Their seven first-half points tied their season low, first set at Ohio State (Oct. 29). In addition, the Illini held Wisconsin to 93 total yards in the first half, while UI racked up 224 yards of offense.
4. During Wisconsin's four scoring drives, the Badgers totaled only 115 yards - an average of just 28.75 yards per score.
5. The Illini defense also allowed only 90 yards passing, the lowest total since Wisconsin threw for 75 yards vs. Akron on Aug. 30, 2008. It marks the fourth time this year and third time in Big Ten play that Illinois has held its opponent under 100 yards through the air.
6. Cornerback Terry Hawthorne led the Illinois defense with 15 tackles, a career-high for the junior. Hawthorne's previous career best of nine was achieved twice, most recently against Western Michigan on Sept. 24, 2011.
7. Sophomore Jonathan Brown also finished in double-digits in tackles with 10, including a career-high 4.0 TFLs. Brown's tackles for loss total surpassed a previous career-high of 3.5, set against Arizona State on Sept. 17, 2011.
8. Nagurski Trophy finalist Whitney Mercilus, who entered the contest as the national leader in sacks, added another to his season total to reach 13.5 in 2011. Mercilus' sack today moves the junior into seventh place all-time on the UI career sacks list.
9. When Mercilus sacked Wisconsin's Russell Wilson, Mercilus forced his eighth forced fumble of the season, tying him with Jonal Saint-Dic (Michigan State, 2007) for the most fumbles forced in a single season in Big Ten history.
10. Freshman tight end Jon Davis finished the day with five catches for 53 yards, both setting career highs.