Handing out victory game balls over Illinois

The Wisconsin football team regrouped and got things back on track with a convincing 24-0 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

The Badgers completely dominated this game and showed a glimpse of the squad that many believed were entering the season. Above all, the team played the game in their own way and stayed together.

Wisconsin controlled the possession time at 42:43 to 5:17 and ran for 391 rushing yards. And if that’s not impressive enough, they beat Illinois 491-93 in total yards on the road.

So with that in mind, it’s time to hand out some game balls for both offense and defense.

Wisconsin Football Game Balls: Offense, Chez Mellusi and Braelon Allen

Watch out for badger fans, Wisconsin may have finally found their backfield couple at Chez Mellusi and Braelon Allen. It was the first time since 2018 that Wisconsin had two running backs eclipsing 100 yards rushing – a feat they would accomplish in the third quarter.

It was a high of 391 rushing yards for the Badgers and Mellusi and Allen’s tandem is the reason. I would expect to see a lot more smash and dash combo going forward.

Chez Mellusi – 21 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown (6.9 ypc)

Braelon Allen – 18 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown (7.3 YPC)

Wisconsin Football Game Balls: Defense, Jim Leonhard

It would be difficult to select a player from the defensive unit as they only allowed 93 yards in total. This defensive unit is really special and seems to be firing on all cylinders. Jim Leonhard’s defense was only on the field for 47 games on Saturday – which is incredibly dominant.

Wisconsin allowed just 26 rushing yards and forced the Illini to make 23 completions in 34 passing attempts.

Jim Leonhard’s defense is currently ranked 2nd nationally in YPG (217.8) and yards per game (3.9) are only behind Georgia. They also have the best running defense in the country, allowing just 41.4 yards per game – (1.66 yards per carry allowed).

The only downside from the defensive end of the ball would be that they allowed more penalty yards (101) than the total yards allowed (93). More than half of Illini’s first tries came through Wisconsin penalties.

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