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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Badgers Beat Illini 41-24



Brian Calhoun doesn't mind the work. He'll stay on the field every play if coach Barry Alvarez asks.

"It just depends on how much they need me to carry the ball," the Wisconsin running back said after rushing for 197 yards on 35 carries to lead the 15th-ranked Badgers to a 41-24 win over Illinois on Saturday. "If they need me to carry 50 times, 45, 40, I'm there to do that."

Calhoun scored five touchdowns, including a 46-yard dash for Wisconsin's final score. He also scored five TDs earlier this season against Bowling Green, tying the school record shared by Billy Marek (1974) and Anthony Davis (2002).

The win ensured Wisconsin (8-1, 5-1) would stay at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Badgers entered the game tied with No. 11 Penn State.

Illinois (2-6, 0-5) lost its sixth straight game despite gaining a season-high 538 yards. Quarterback Tim Brasic was 20-of-39 for a career-high 277 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 16 times for 116 yards, also a career high and a school record just a week after being pulled from the game against Penn State.

"A lot of guys would get into his situation and their confidence would be shot and it would hard to get anything out of them," Illinois coach Ron Zook said. "But he was able to forget it all and I'm proud of him for that."

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