Wisconsin-Illinois pregame notes
Here are some notes, stats and tidbits heading into Saturday’s game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Illinois Fighting Illini:
— This is the 81st meeting between Wisconsin and Illinois. The Badgers lead the all-time series 37-36-7, including 20-6-4 in Madison.
— Wisconsin has won four straight over Illinois and eight of the last nine matchups.
— The Badgers have won five consecutive Big Ten home openers and 10 of the last 11.
— Wisconsin’s last 17 wins have all been by a double-digit margin. The last single-digit win was against Utah State on Sept. 15, 2012.
— The Badgers are just 4-5 under Andersen when they score under 30 points and 8-1 when scoring 30+.
— Wisconsin is 7-0 when holding opponents 100 yards or fewer rushing in the Andersen era.
— Under Andersen, Wisconsin is 9-1 when scoring first (2-1 in 2014), 3-5 when the opponent scores first (1-1 in 2014), 10-1 when leading after the first quarter (2-1 in 2014), 1-5 when trailing after the first quarter (0-1 in 2014), 11-3 when leading at halftime (2-1 in 2014), 0-2 when trailing at halftime (0-1 in 2014), 12-2 when leading after the third quarter (3-1 in 2014) and 0-4 when trailing after the third quarter (0-1 in 2014).
— A Badgers tight end hasn’t had a 100-yard receiving game since Lance Kendricks did it in back-to-back weeks in 2010 vs. Arizona State on Sept. 18 and Austin Peay on Sept. 25.
— Wisconsin has had 23 100-yard rushers vs. Illinois, including four over 200 yards. However, the Badgers have had just two 100-yard rushers in the last six matchups. The high at Camp Randall Stadium is 213 by Anthony Davis in 2004.
— Speaking of which, Illinois is allowing 5.07 yards/rush vs. FBS teams with 13 touchdowns (five games). Melvin Gordon is averaging 9.47 yards/rush vs. FBS teams with nine touchdowns (four games).
— Wisconsin has had nine 200-yard passers vs. Illinois but only two with over 250 yards (Joel Stave, 254, 2012; Tyler Donovan, 392, 2007).
— Opposing FBS quarterbacks vs. Illinois: 63.3% completions, 9 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 145.57 passer efficiency.
— Wisconsin has had 11 100-yard receivers vs. Illinois but only three since 1995 (Jared Abbrederis, 2012; Travis Beckum, 2007; Lee Evans, 2001).
— Melvin Gordon needs 129 yards rushing for the 29th 1,000-yard season in UW history.
— Gordon’s next 100-yard rushing game will be his 15
— Gordon needs 147 rushing yards to pass Alan Ameche for 10
— Gordon needs one rushing touchdown to tie and two to pass Brooks Bollinger and Rufus Ferguson for 9
— Only one Wisconsin kicker has ever had two 50+-yard field goals in a season, Taylor Mehlhaff in 2006, although one was in a bowl game. Rafael Gaglianone had a 51-yarder in the opener.
— Joel Stave needs 295 passing yards to pass Tony Lowery for 8th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Stave needs 3 completions to pass Jim Sorgi for 9th place and 22 to pass Mike Howard for 8th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Stave needs 3 passing touchdowns to tie Scott Tolzien for 7th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Stave’s next win as a starter will be his 14th, tying him with Randy Wright for 7th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Kenzel Doe has 1 kick return for a touchdown. Only two Wisconsin players have had 2 kick returns for TDs: Ira Matthews and Nick Davis.
— Doe needs 1 kick return to tie and 2 to pass Tom Schinke for 10
— Doe needs 29 kick return yards to pass Ira Matthews for 8
— Doe needs 3 punt returns to tie and 4 to pass to tie and 6 to pass Keith Jackson for 9
— Doe needs 26 punt return yards to pass Gene Evans for 9
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