6:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003
Memorial Stadium, CHAMPAIGN, IL
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Dwayne Smith ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns as Wisconsin beat Illinois 38-20 on Saturday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Smith had 34 carries and Wisconsin ran the ball 63 times against the Illini. The Badgers (4-1) broke the 50-rush barrier for the second straight week after running 50 times for 209 yards last week against North Carolina.
Smith had first-quarter touchdowns runs of 19 and 2 yards, and quarterback Jim Sorgi scored the first of his two touchdowns with 12:30 left in the first half as the Badgers built a 21-0 lead.
Sorgi scored from 8 yards out and added a 4-yard TD run in the second half.
Illinois (1-4) lost its third straight game and its seventh straight Big Ten opener.
The Illini fought back, closing to 28-20 on E.B. Halsey's 4-yard TD run with 5:14 left in the third quarter. They appeared to get even closer when Antonio Mason ran an interception back for a touchdown, but the play was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty.
Wisconsin kept the ball and marched downfield on 12 straight rushes, with Sorgi scoring to make it 35-20. An 18-yard field goal by Mike Allen made it 38-20.
Halsey also scored on a 4-yard TD pass from Jon Beutjer, who completed 23 of 41 passes for 207 yards, and John Gockman kicked field goals of 27 and 47 yards.
Illinois rushed 21 times for only 64 yards. Halsey carried 10 times for 43 yards.
The Badgers took off running from the start, taking advantage of a 19-yard punt by Illinois' Steve Weatherford and marching 45 yards for their first score with 12:32 left in the first quarter. They intercepted Beutjer's pass on the next drive and turned it into a nine-play, 68-yard drive.
Wisconsin ran the ball 27 times in the first half for 148 yards.
|3rd Down Conversions||10-15||4-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-2|
|TD||12:32||DWAYNE SMITH 19 YD RUN (MIKE ALLEN KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 45 yards.
|TD||8:02||DWAYNE SMITH 2 YD RUN (MIKE ALLEN KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||12:30||JIM SORGI 8 YD RUN (MIKE ALLEN KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||10:54||JOHN GOCKMAN 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 14 yards.
|TD||0:32||IBRAHIM HALSEY 4 YD PASS FROM JON BEUTJER (JOHN GOCKMAN KICK)|
Drive info: 18 plays, 75 yards.
|FG||13:14||JOHN GOCKMAN 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, -5 yards.
|TD||9:19||DWAYNE SMITH 5 YD RUN (MIKE ALLEN KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:14||IBRAHIM HALSEY 4 YD RUN (JOHN GOCKMAN KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||12:59||JIM SORGI 4 YD RUN (MIKE ALLEN KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 69 yards.
|FG||3:54||MIKE ALLEN 18 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yards.