Illinois ends Wisconsin’s winning streak



By Jason Grodsky

Behind junior running back Rashard Mendenhall’s 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns, the Illinois football team knocked off its second ranked opponent in as many weeks, beating No. 5 Wisconsin 31-26 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.

The Illini snapped the Wisconsin’s 14-game win streak, the longest in the nation, on Saturday, Oct. 6, and beat a top-five ranked team for the first time since 1989 to improve to 5-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin sophomore running back P.J. Hill came into the game averaging 133.4 rushing yards per game, but was held to just 83 yards on the ground.

For the second straight week, defensive backs Kevin Mitchell and Vontae Davis both made interceptions. Freshman quarterback Eddie McGee put the game away with a five yard touchdown run to hand the Badgers their first loss since Sept. 16, 2006, at Michigan.


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Illinois vs. Wisconsin

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