Homecoming could have gone better for Illini fans. A crowded Memorial Stadium watched Illinois fall, 24-0, to Wisconsin.
The struggles of the Illini offense were evident throughout the game. It only managed 33 yards in the first half and finished with just 93 yards. The Badgers also weren’t great on offense, but it was still enough. To compare, Wisconsin had 491 total yards.
Art Sitkowski replaced Brandon Peters at quarterback toward the end of the second quarter. Peters had gone 3-7 for 12 yards. Sitkowski was 8-27 passing on the day. He was 0-12 until the last seconds of the third quarter when he completed his first pass.
Still, Sitkowski managed to get away without an interception. Isaiah Williams was Sitkowski’s main target with three of his completions going to him.
Chase Brown led the Illini in rushing again this week, but with only 35 yards. Four of Illinois’ nine first downs were thanks to Wisconsin penalties.
Kerby Joseph’s interception in the second quarter was his third this season and the highlight of the day. He is now tied with Sydney Brown and Dele Harding for the most interceptions in a single season. Joseph also recovered a fumble later in the game.
Wisconsin-Illinois is the battle of inept red zone offenses this season.— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) October 5, 2021
Wisconsin: 15 red zone trips, 6 TDs, 4 FGs = 10 scores
Illinois: 16 red zone trips, 6 TDs, 4 FGs = 10 scores
Those are the two worst red zone offenses in score % and TD % in the B1G currently.
Believe this is the first time in Wisconsin territory for the #Illini. There's 8:25 left to play.— Scott Richey (@srrichey) October 9, 2021
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The Illini have a bye week before traveling to play No. 4 Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11:00 a.m.