Wisconsin rallies to beat Illinois, 28-17

By David Mercer

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 19 2011 1:30 p.m. MST

Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown (45) sacks Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson (16) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Champaign, Ill.

Seth Perlman, Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Montee Ball rushed for 224 yards and Wisconsin forced four turnovers in a 28-17 comeback win against Illinois on Saturday.

The slumping Illini jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and carried a 17-7 advantage into halftime. But Ball had a 5-yard TD run after Wisconsin recovered a fumble, pulling the Badgers within three early in the third quarter.

The Badgers kept up the pressure, grabbing the lead for good on quarterback Russell Wilson's 1-yard TD run that made it 21-17. Wilson's team only had to go 44 yards for the go-ahead score after a 74-yard punt buried the Illini at their own 3.

Donovonn Young rushed for two TDs for Illinois. He finished with 43 yards on eight carries.

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