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      === Wisconsin rushes for six touchdowns in rout of Illinois ===
 
 Champaign,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Melvin Gordon rushed  for 142 yards and
 three  touchdowns as No.  25 Wisconsin cruised to a 56-25 win over Illinois on
 Saturday.
 
 Joel  Stave  was 16-for-21 passing for  189 yards and two touchdowns and James
 White  added  20 carries  for 98 yards  and two touchdowns  and also caught TD
 for the Badgers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten), winners in two straight.
 
 "The offense was very powerful tonight. They ran the ball extremely well. I
 thought they reacted to situations where they got stopped a couple times with
 positive, good adjustments," said Wisconsin head coach Gary Anderson. "Special
 teams were solid for the most part. I'm proud of that group of kids.
 Defensively, we played hard, and we flew around the field, but we're going to
 have to be better than that on defense.
 
 Wisconsin will have a bye next week before visiting Iowa on Nov. 2.
 
 Nathan  Scheelhaase was 20-for-27 passing for 249 yards and rushed for a score
 for  the Fighting Illini (3-3, 0-2), who have dropped three of their last four
 games.
 
 "They're a good football team and they've got some good football players. When
 you're playing a team like that, you have to be clicking on all cylinders.
 Defensively, we didn't tackle well in space," said Illinois head coach Tim
 Beckman. "Again, they've got a couple of good backs, there's no question, and
 they've made people look that way a little bit all year long. But they did
 some things in space and we've got to do better."
 
 After  forcing a punt on the game's opening drive, Wisconsin needed five plays
 before  finding  the end  zone. On  3rd-and-4 from the  Illinois 47, Stave hit
 Jared  Abbrederis for  a 17-yard gain. Gordon followed with a 28-yard run down
 to the 2 before White bulled his way in for the score.
 
 Wisconsin forced a three-and-out on the ensuing drive before scoring six plays
 later on Gordon's 26-yard touchdown run.
 
 Scheelhaase  fumbled on  the Illini's first play after the score and Wisconsin
 took  over on  8-yard line. Stave connected with Brian Wozniak on 3rd-and-goal
 from the 2 to make it a three-score game.
 
 Illinois scored the next 10 points of the game to pull within 21-10.
 
 Taylor  Zalewski's 31-yard field goal capped a 14-play, 67-yard drive early in
 the second quarter.
 
 After  forcing a  Wisconsin  punt, Illinois  needed just  four  plays as  Josh
 Ferguson capped a 57-yard march with a 1-yard TD plunge.
 
 Gordon  picked up his second rushing score with 1:55 left in the first half to
 make  it a 28-10 game, but Matt LaCosse hauled in a 1-yard touchdown pass from
 Aaron Bailey to make it 28-17 at the break.
 
 White's  3-yard  touchdown reception 5:05 into  the third made it 35-17 before
 Gordon ripped off a 13-yard rushing score to give the Badgers a 42-17 edge.
 
 Scheelhaase  ran  it in from one  yard out early  in the fourth, but White and
 Corey Clement added late rushing touchdowns to make it a 31-point game.
 
 Spencer  Harris caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Reilly
 O'Toole to account for the final margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Badgers picked up their first road win of the season ... Wisconsin reached
 the  50-point plateau for  the first time since hanging 70 on Nebraska Dec. 1,
 2012  ... Illinois has dropped seven straight games to ranked opponents and 16
 of  their  last 17  since beating No.  1 Ohio  State on Nov.  10, 2007 ... The
 Illini is 0-8 against ranked opponents under coach Tim Beckman.
 
 
 10/20 00:51:42 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
13th
NOR 0
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
6th
PIT 6
MIL 5
 
6th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
5th
TAM 6
NYY 1
 
7th
MIA 6
SEA 0
 
3rd
TEX 1
CWS 1
 
3rd
LOS 0
ARI 4
 
3rd
COL 1
PHI 0
 
2nd
SDP 0
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
3rd
IND 62
ATL 77
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
13th
NOR 0
DUR 1