WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Badgers big over the Illini 56-32
CHAMPAIGN, Ill – University of Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns, in a 56-32 Wisconsin win over Illinois Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium.
UW’s starting middle linebacker Chris Borland left the game early with an apparent injury. His backup, junior Marcus Trotter, made the best of his moment with nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Quarterback Joel Stave threw for 189 yards and two touchdown passes in the win, including a three-yard toss to James White in the third quarter. White had two rushing touchdowns and nearly 100 yards on the ground as the No. 25 ranked Badgers improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. They also handed Illinois (3-3, 0-2) their 16th straight conference loss.
Aaron Rodgers is running out of healthy receivers in Green Bay, but it may not matter much this weekend with the mistake-prone Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns coming to Titletown. The Packers have won nine straight regular-season games at Lambeau Field and 22 of their last 23 overall so with or without star receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones, Green Bay figures to be more than a daunting task for a young quarterback prone to making the game-changing miscue. The Pack overcame a slightly off day from Rodgers and the departures of both Cobb and Jones as well as key defender Nick Perry to earn a 19-17 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens last week, becoming the first NFC club to emerge victorious at M&T Bank Stadium since the Carolina Panthers won there during Week 6 of the 2006 season.
Wisconsin-native Matt Kenseth will have some work to do, placing 21st at the rained-out qualifiers for today’’s Talladega race. Kenseth currently has a four point lead over Jimmy Johnson in the Sprint Cup Chase. Despite the bad weather, Aric Almirola takes the pole for today’s race, scheduled to start at noon if weather permits in central Alabama.
The Milwaukee Bucks have picked up contract options on forward John Henson and point guard Brandon Knight. The Bucks picked each of their rookie contract options; Henson’s third-year and Knight’s fourth-year from the Detroit Pistons. With Ersan Ilyasova injured with a sprained ankle, Henson has become the starting power forward for now. Meanwhile, Knight has had a solid preseason so far, averaging eight-and-a-half points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team was a big winner over St. Cloud State Saturday afternoon in Madison. The Badgers won 6-0 led by two goals from Blayre Turnbull. She had an assist and teammate Brittany Ammerman had three assists while goalie Ann-Rene Desbiens made 17 saves. No. 6 ranked UW is 4-2-0 overall and in the WCHA.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team was routed again in Boston. No. 15 ranked Boston University blasted the No. 2 ranked Badgers 7-3 Saturday evening. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period but UW gave up three goals in the second and third periods. Wisconsin trailed just 5-3 in the third after Michael Mersch’s power play goal but gave up two more goals after that. Wisconsin gave up three power play goals and goalie Landon Peterson made just 19 saves compared to Terriers’ goalie Matt O’Connor’s 40. Jake McCabe had a goal and an assist for Wisconsin and teammate Mark Zengerle had two assists. UW lost despite outshooting BU 43-26. It was a lost weekend for UW in Boston as they were outscored 16-5. Starting goalie Joel Rumpel did not make the trip for UW due to an ankle injury suffered in practice last week.
HIGH SCHOOL – PREP FOOTBALL
De Soto 31, North Crawford 28
Ewen-Trout Creek, Mich. 38, Mellen 8
Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran 55, Gibraltar 44
Beaver Dam Wayland Academy 42, Madison Abundant Life 40
BIG TEN FOOTBALL
(25) Wisconsin 56, Illinois
(4) Ohio State 34, Iowa 24
Minnesota 20, Northwestern 17
Michigan State 14, Purdue 0
Michigan 63, Indiana 47
DIVISION 3 FOOTBALL
(7) UW-Platteville 24, UW-Stevens Point 23
(8) UW-Oshkosh 41, UW-River Falls 13
(10) UW-Whitewater 42, UW-Eau Claire 0
(23) Illinois Wesleyan 31, Carthage 10
Lakeland 55, Maranatha Baptist 14
Concordia-Wisconsin 48, Concordia-Chicago 42
Wisconsin Lutheran 21, Aurora 13
Ripon 33, Grinnell 27
St. Norbert 17, Lawrence 6
UW-La Crosse 21, UW-Stout 3
Illinois College 37, Beloit 7
Chicago 3, Milwaukee 2 (OT)
(15) Boston University 7, (2) Wisconsin 3
(4) Wisconsin 6, St. Cloud State 0