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Bielema has happy return as Illinois pounds Wisconsin 34-10

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema watches before an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Madison, Wis.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Chase Brown rushed for 129 yards, Tommy DeVito had three short touchdown keepers and Illinois trounced Wisconsin 34-10 on Saturday to give coach Bret Bielema a triumphant return to Camp Randall Stadium.

Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito (3) runs the ball against Wisconsin during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Madison, Wis. Kayla Wolf/AP

Illinois (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) scored 17 points off Wisconsin turnovers and scored the game’s final 27 points to win as a 6½-point underdog.

The Illini sacked Graham Mertz six times and held the Badgers to 2 yards rushing on 24 carries.

Bielema had gone 68-24 in seven years as Wisconsin’s coach before leaving for Arkansas at the end of the 2012 regular season.

It was the Illini’s first win in Madison since 2002, and only their fourth win overall against the Badgers in that span.

Illinois will face Iowa next Saturday night in a home game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

The Hawkeyes fell to 3-2 on the season with a home loss to No. 4 Michigan on Saturday.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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