Madison, WI (KMOV) -- Illinois was expecting Wisconsin to come out and run the ball on Saturday, and that's exactly what the Badgers have done so far in this first half with the score knotted at 10.
Linebacker Brit Miller said earlier this week that the Illinois coaching staff told him and his teammates to "put on their big boy pads" this week and he has done just that, racking up 12 tackles and a sack in the first thirty minutes of play in Camp Randall Stadium.
But as impressive as the Illini D has been so far against the Badger offense that has rushed 22 times, the Orange and Blue offense has been equally underwhelming.
After exploding for 563 total yards last week against Indiana, the Illini have managed a paltry 157 yards in the first half against the Wisconsin defense. Illini quarterback Juice Williams threw a crucial interception that Chris Maragos returned for 51 yards in the first quarter to set up a Philip Welch field goal to put the Badgers up 3-0.
However, the Orange and Blue responded with a nice drive of their own, plodding down the field for 92 yards, marking the start of the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown catch for freshman fullback Zack Becker.
Good field position for the Badgers later in the period led to a Dustin Sherer 15-yard touchdown run to make the score 10-7 Wisconsin.
But Illini sophomore Arrelious Benn responded just as quickly with a 67-yard kickoff return, setting up the Matt Eller 47-yard field goal that tied the score at ten, where it stands at half.
Alex Symonds is Journalism student at the University of Illinois