CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Dwayne Smith ran for 193 yards and three
touchdowns as Wisconsin beat Illinois 38-20 on Saturday in the Big
Ten opener for both teams.
Smith had 34 carries and Wisconsin ran the ball 63 times against
the Illini. The Badgers (4-1) broke the 50-rush barrier for the
second straight week after running 50 times for 209 yards last week
against North Carolina.
Smith had first-quarter touchdowns runs of 19 and 2 yards, and
quarterback Jim Sorgi scored the first of his two touchdowns with
12:30 left in the first half as the Badgers built a 21-0 lead.
Sorgi scored from 8 yards out and added a 4-yard TD run in the
Illinois (1-4) lost its third straight game and its seventh
straight Big Ten opener.
The Illini fought back, closing to 28-20 on E.B. Halsey's 4-yard
TD run with 5:14 left in the third quarter. They appeared to get
even closer when Antonio Mason ran an interception back for a
touchdown, but the play was nullified by a roughing-the-passer
Wisconsin kept the ball and marched downfield on 12 straight
rushes, with Sorgi scoring to make it 35-20. An 18-yard field goal
by Mike Allen made it 38-20.
Halsey also scored on a 4-yard TD pass from Jon Beutjer, who
completed 23 of 41 passes for 207 yards, and John Gockman kicked
field goals of 27 and 47 yards.
Illinois rushed 21 times for only 64 yards. Halsey carried 10
times for 43 yards.
The Badgers took off running from the start, taking advantage of
a 19-yard punt by Illinois' Steve Weatherford and marching 45 yards
for their first score with 12:32 left in the first quarter. They
intercepted Beutjer's pass on the next drive and turned it into a
nine-play, 68-yard drive.
Wisconsin ran the ball 27 times in the first half for 148 yards.