MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- P.J. Hill conjured up memories of former
Badgers bruiser Ron Dayne for the second straight week, bouncing
off defenders on his way to 101 yards and three touchdowns as
Wisconsin beat Division I-AA Western Illinois 34-10 on Saturday.
Wisconsin senior quarterback John Stocco was 15-for-25 for 227
yards, but got up gingerly after throwing a touchdown pass midway
through the fourth quarter.
Stocco, who had knee surgery in August but was a surprise
starter in the Badgers' season-opening victory over Bowling Green
last Saturday, did not return to the game.
Wisconsin (2-0) got off to a shaky start when Jarvis Minton
fumbled the opening kickoff, leading to a field goal for Western
But Hill's powerful runs allowed the Badgers to grind out two
touchdown drives of more than seven minutes in the first half. Hill
had 16 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns before halftime.
Hill's first touchdown came on second-and-goal from the 1 early
in the second quarter, and Hill scored another 1-yard touchdown
later in the quarter.
The Leathernecks tried to throw the ball against Wisconsin,
frequently using four-receiver formations. Steve LaFalce completed
20-of-40 for 168 yards and threw three interceptions.
An interception by Wisconsin linebacker Mark Zalweski led to a
field goal just before halftime, giving the Badgers a 20-3 lead.
The Western Illinois offense gathered some momentum in the third
quarter but couldn't turn it into points.
The Leathernecks opened the second half by driving to the
Wisconsin 39-yard line, but LaFalce threw into double coverage in
the end zone and the ball was intercepted by safety Joe
Wisconsin went three-and-out on its next possession, then had an
apparent fumble recovery on a botched fair catch by Western
Illinois nullified by an official's inadvertent whistle.
Western Illinois put together another deep drive, only to be
stopped on an attempted trick play on fourth-and-2 at the Badgers'
LaFalce handed off to running back Alex Douglas, who ran right,
swiveled to his left and threw it back to LaFalce. But LaFalce
couldn't juke his way past defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, who
tackled him for a 2-yard loss.
Wisconsin cornerback Allen Langford intercepted LaFalce early in
the fourth quarter, setting up Hill's third touchdown on
first-and-goal from the 2.
Stocco threw his only touchdown pass to tight end Andy Crooks in
the fourth quarter, but he was hit hard on the play and got up
Backup Tyler Donovan replaced Stocco and threw an interception
that was returned 17 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Kevin