Scores

Final

Citadel 31

(2-1, 0-1 away)

(7) Wisconsin 45

(3-0, 2-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

1 2 3 4 T
CIT 7 14 0 1031
#7WIS 7 14 10 1445

Top Performers

Passing: D. Lawson (CIT) - 254 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Hill (WIS) - 25 CAR, 168 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: T. Cooper (CIT) - 5 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Hill's 5 TDs tie school record as Badgers pull away

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Given the fact that he outweighed all but two of the defensive starters he was facing, it wasn't a surprise to see Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill rumble for a school record-tying five touchdowns.

The surprise was that The Citadel offense managed to keep up with the Badgers for a half.

The Bulldogs gave the seventh-ranked Badgers a scare of Appalachian proportions in the first half before Wisconsin pulled away to a 45-31 victory.

For Hill, the 227-pound bulldozer who was the Big Ten freshman of the year last season, it was a chance to emerge as a leader.

"Coach is always telling me the weight is on my shoulders," Hill said. "I'll take it, when I see the opportunity to get a few yards or score a touchdown."

Wisconsin (3-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 12 games and never trailed.

But for a while, it looked like they were in danger of becoming the second Big Ten powerhouse to be upset by a team from what used to be known as Division I-AA this season.

The Citadel (2-1), a member of the Championship Subdivision, matched Wisconsin touchdown-for-touchdown and went into halftime tied at 21.

"Their eyes weren't big," Bulldogs coach Kevin Higgins said. "They believed they could win this football game."

Maybe the Badgers should've seen it coming.

The Citadel's only loss in its previous seven games was to Appalachian State last season. Appalachian State, of course, upset Michigan 34-32 on Sept. 1. Higgins said he didn't use that game to motivate his players.

He probably didn't have to.

"There's a part of you that says, 'You know what? If they can do it, we can do it too,' " Higgins said.

They did it with a spread offense similar to the Washington State and UNLV schemes that gave the Badgers' defense fits in their first two games. The Bulldogs had 245 yards to Wisconsin's 188 in the first half.

Three times in the first half, the Badgers took the lead on a touchdown by Hill.

And all three times, the Bulldogs marched right back to tie the game.

At halftime, Badgers coach Bret Bielema told his defense their play was unacceptable.

"They have big ears," Bielema said.

Hill scored his fourth touchdown of the day on the first drive in the second half to give Wisconsin a 28-21 lead.

After that, the Bulldogs' offense ran out of answers.

"We already knew we could beat them," Bulldogs running back Tory Cooper said. "It was just disappointing we couldn't finish it."

Wisconsin's highly touted defense finally asserted itself on the next series with a sack by blitzing safety Aubrey Pleasant and an interception by safety Shane Carter after Citadel quarterback Duran Lawson threw into double-coverage down the sideline.

"They had three real quick scores and emotions were real high," Pleasant said. "We just needed to calm down and come out with intensity, ready to win."

Wisconsin still couldn't quite put the game out of reach, settling for a 22-yard field goal by Taylor Mehlhaff to take a 31-21 lead despite having first-and-goal at the 4.

The Badgers' defense forced another three-and-out and Hill broke the game open on an 11-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Donovan. Hill is the fifth player in school history to score five touchdowns in a game.

He gained 168 yards rushing on 25 carries and caught two passes for 20 yards.

The Badgers took a 45-21 lead in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Donovan to Travis Beckum. Donovan was 14-of-20 for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs got a field goal later in the fourth quarter and a touchdown with 11 seconds left in the game to cut the final deficit to 45-31.

Lawson was 23-of-35 for 254 yards and four touchdowns. Cooper had 63 yards rushing, 89 yards receiving and a touchdown catch.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIT
WIS
1st Downs2324
Total Yards377463
Passing254210
Rushing123253
Penalties8-648-51
3rd Down Conversions5-126-11
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers11
Possession28:1931:41

Passing Leaders

CitadelC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lawson23/352547.341
WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Donovan14/2020110.120

Rushing Leaders

CitadelCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper15634.2019
Jernigan12525.0025
WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill251686.7440
Smith77711.0056

Receiving Leaders

CitadelRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper58917.8155
Roberts55410.8017
WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Swan57615.2018
Beckum46015.0125

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCITWIS
TD10:28P.J. Hill 22 Yd Run (Taylor Mehlhaff Kick) 07
TD07:28Tim Higgins 10 Yd Pass From Duran Lawson (Mike Adams Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERCITWIS
TD09:05P.J. Hill 2 Yd Run (Taylor Mehlhaff Kick) 714
TD04:09Aaron Kelly 6 Yd Pass From Duran Lawson (Mike Adams Kick) 1414
TD03:01P.J. Hill 1 Yd Run (Taylor Mehlhaff Kick) 1421
TD00:59Tory Cooper 19 Yd Pass From Duran Lawson (Mike Adams Kick) 2121
THIRD QUARTERCITWIS
TD08:38P.J. Hill 1 Yd Run (Taylor Mehlhaff Kick) 2128
FG03:57Taylor Mehlhaff 22 Yd 2131
FOURTH QUARTERCITWIS
TD14:54P.J. Hill 11 Yd Pass From Tyler Donovan (Taylor Mehlhaff Kick) 2138
TD12:27Travis Beckum 25 Yd Pass From Tyler Donovan (Taylor Mehlhaff Kick) 2145
FG05:03Mike Adams 38 Yd 2445
TD00:11Taylor Cornett 1 Yd Pass From Duran Lawson (Mike Adams Kick) 3145