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FG as time expires lifts Illinois to stunning upset of No. 6 Wisconsin – msnNOW


So much for that.

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No. 4 Ohio State easily took care of business Friday night in Evanston, taking Northwestern to the woodshed in a 52-3 shellacking of the Wildcats. A day later, heavily-favored and sixth-ranked Wisconsin was set to face Illinois, with Badgers expected to take care of its business in helping to set up a titanic UW-OSU matchup in Columbus in Week 9.

Nobody, though, gave the Illini that script.

Down 20-7 late in the third quarter, the Illini went on a 17-point run to secure a huge 24-23 upset of the Badgers in Champaign.  The game-winning points came off the right leg of James McCourt, who connected from 39 yards out as time expired.

The Badgers came into the game as 31-point favorites.

(Writer’s note: this post will be updated, as needed, over the next hour or so.)

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a football player wearing a helmet: Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman John Campbell Jr. (74) celebrates after  quarterback N'Kosi Perry (5) scored a touchdown after the game during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium on October 19, 2019. 

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