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Sunday, September 26, 2021


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After stops in Pittsburgh, Chryst and Granato keep friendship back in Madison

In December 2011, Tony Granato received a phone call. An old friend from college had gotten a new job and was moving into town, and Granato was supposed to help him find a place to live. It was a normal story, except for a few details; Granato was an assistant coach for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and his old friend was Paul Chryst, who had just been named the newest head football coach at Pittsburgh.

Aggressive approach against Nebraska allowed Jack Coan to beat the Cornhuskers through the air. 

Without a spark, Wisconsin's offense fails to get off the ground against Northwestern

Evanston, ILL — Spirits were high on the Wisconsin sideline after an Evan Bondoc interception set up an Alec Ingold 4-yard touchdown with eight minutes and four seconds left to play in the first quarter to give Wisconsin (3-2 Big Ten, 5-3 overall) a 7-0 lead. For the next three and a half quarters, Wisconsin’s offense treated fans to a sloppy, lethargic, and uninspired display of offense as they fell 31-17 to Northwestern (5-1, 5-3).

Junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw for three touchdowns in Wisconsin's 49-20 win against Illinois on Homecoming. 

Wisconsin takes advantage of wild weather to defeat Illinois 49-20 at Camp Randall

The No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers (3-1 Big Ten, 5-2 overall) came into Saturday’s game with the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-3, 3-4) without their top three safeties — D’Cota Dixon, Scott Nelson and Reggie Pearson — and without top defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk. That proved to be no problem for the defense, as Jim Leonhard’s crew had five takeaways in the first half, leading to 21 points for the Badgers en route to a 49-20 win.

Turnovers have been an issue for junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook since he became a starter in 2016, and Illinois' secondary has shown the ability to change the game with a pick — or multiple — this season.

Ball-hawking Illinois secondary should look to exploit Hornibrook’s turnover-prone ways

Both the Badgers and the Illini will be heading into this week's match-up looking to redeem themselves from devastating Big Ten losses in week seven. In previous years, the Fighting Illini have struggled to compete against Wisconsin, but this year their improved defense will give them a better chance to make a stand at UW’s homecoming game. Illinois has the personnel to stop the Badgers’ passing game and force turnovers from Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook.

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