The Illini ended Wisconsin's 14-game winning streak at home this afternoon, defeating the Badgers 31-26. The streak was the longest in the nation. The Illini are now at 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1990.
Rashard Mendenhall led Illinois, rushing for 160 yards and scoring two touchdown over fifth-ranked Wisconsin.
Wisconsin didn't score until less than three minutes were left in the half on a 38-yard Taylor Mehlhaff field goal.
Wisconsin's P.J. Hill entered the game as the Big Ten's top running back, averaging just more than 133 yards a game. But the Illini held him to 78 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown.
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