McCourt’s game-winning FG stuns No. 6 Wisconsin

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Illinois Fighting Illini picked up their biggest program win in years. It was 12-years since they last defeated a ranked Big Ten program at home.

The Fighting Illini defeated No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois won 24-23 over Wisconsin.

Illinois Fighting Illini running back Reggie Corbin rushes the ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Reggie Corbin rushes the ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Getty Images)

“Our program, we needed to get a signature win,” Illinois head coach Lovie Smith said. “I was just hoping today was the day, and the day came.”

With the win, the Fighting Illini improved to 3-4 on the season. This was their first Big Ten Conference win of the season, as they now stand at 1-3.

The loss dropped the Badgers to a 6-1 record. They are now 3-1 in conference play.

“We had two drives late in the game that ended in turnovers,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. “It’s always hard to win on the road, and that made it even harder. We just have to move on and learn from this.”

Despite the loss, Wisconsin leads the all-time series 42-36-7. The loss snapped a nine-game win streak against Illinois.

Their last loss in the series came on October 6, 2007 when Illinois won 31-26.

Fighting Illini quarterback Brandon Peters went 9 of 21 for 174 yards. He also threw two touchdown passes.

Reggie Corbin had 17 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown. Dre Brown also had 11 carries for 70 yards.

Donny Navarro had a 48-yard touchdown reception. Josh Imatorbhebhe had two receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Barker had three receptions for 37 yards.

Badgers quarterback Jack Coan went 24 of 32 for 264 yards. He also threw one touchdown pass and had one interception.

Jonathan Taylor had 28 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Jake Ferguson had five receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. Quintez Cephus had five receptions for 62 yards. Garrett Groshek had six receptions for 40 yards.

Danny Davis III had five receptions for 38 yards. Kendric Pryor had a 35-yard reception.

The Fighting Illini scored 17 points in the second half. Peters hit Imatorbhebhe for a 29-yard touchdown reception.

Corbin had a 43-yard rushing touchdown. James McCourt made the game-winning 39-yard field goal as time expired.

The Badgers scored 10 points in the second half. Taylor scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown.

Collin Larsh made a 20-yard field goal.

At halftime, Wisconsin led 13-7. Coan hit Ferguson for an 18-yard touchdown reception.

Larsh also made two field goals.

Peters hit Navarro for a 48-yard touchdown reception.

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