Illini take another step back, fall to Badgers

By Daniel Johnson

MADISON, Wis. – After a week of predicting the trip to Camp Randall would be a game of attrition, akin to last year against Iowa, the Illini expectation fulfilled itself. A back-and-forth game saw multiple lead changes, ties and an eventual 27-17 loss for the Illini.

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams reverted to an inconsistent nature throughout the game, throwing three interceptions – all three balls intended for receiver Fred Sykes. Williams had only thrown two interceptions in the previous four games.

The Illinois defense had an extremely serviceable game through the first three quarters, recording four sacks and giving up 17 points on three Wisconsin scoring drives that totaled 132 yards.