CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Montee Ball rushed for 224 yards and scored three times, and No. 15 Wisconsin forced four turnovers in a 28-17 comeback victory against Illinois on Saturday.
On a day when stiff winds limited Wisconsin's passing attack, Ball was dominant. He had 164 yards on the ground as Wisconsin scored 21 unanswered points in the second half.
Donovonn Young rushed for two TDs for Illinois (6-5, 2-5 Big 10), which has lost five straight. He finished with 43 yards on eight carries.
Illinois outgained Wisconsin 301-285, but the turnovers - a fumble and three interceptions - combined with special teams mistakes doomed the Illini.
The Badgers (9-2, 5-2) scored on drives of 44, 39, 30 and 2 yards. Their first 10 points were set up by an Illinois turnover and a badly botched punt.
Wisconsin trailed 14-0 before Illinois punter Justin Duvernois dropped a snap at his own 2-yard line, setting up a 1-yard run by Ball with 2:55 left in the first half.
Derek Dimke kicked a 41-yard field goal to make it 17-7 at halftime, but it was all Wisconsin from there.
Badgers linebacker Chris Borland hit receiver Darius Millines on the Illini's first possession of the third quarter, forcing a fumble that the Badgers recovered on the Illinois 30. Ball scored again, this time on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Russell Wilson with 6:27 left in the period.
The Badgers had to work a little harder for it, but the go-ahead touchdown came courtesy of an Illini mistake, too.
Illinois' Terry Hawthorne let a punt sail over his head and toward his end zone. The 74-yarder finally stopped at the 3.
After a fast three-and-out, the Badgers took over at the Illini 44. Two plays later, Wilson faked an inside handoff to Ball and trotted around the left side to make it 21-17 as the third quarter ended.