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Daniel Wilco | NCAA.com | October 20, 2019

Illinois pulls off monumental upset over No. 6 Wisconsin on last-second field goal

Relive some of the best college football moments of week 8

Illinois pulled off its biggest upset in 12 years with a 24-23 win over No. 6 Wisconsin at home Saturday. 

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The win came on a last-second field goal from 39 yards out by kicker James McCourt, who had missed his only other attempt of the game, from 40 yards in the first quarter.

The final score — with 0:00 on the clock — was the only time Wisconsin has trailed through all seven games of this season.

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Illinois trailed 20-7 with 10:31 left in the third quarter, but picked up two turnovers in the final eight minutes on a Jonathan Taylor fumble and a Jack Coan interception, the latter of which spurred the game-winning drive. That drive went 32 yards in two minutes, 32 seconds to set up the game-winning kick.

Wisconsin lost the game despite outgaining Illinois 420-315 and holding Illinois to 2-for-10 on third downs, with the second conversion only coming in the game-winning drive. 

The win was Illinois’ first over a top-10 team since beating No. 1 Ohio State in 2007, and its first over any ranked team since beating No. 22 Arizona State in 2011.

Here's how the two teams measured up:

Wisconsin Team Stats Illinois
22 1st Downs 17
7 Rushing 8
15 Passing 6
0 Penalty 3
156 Rushing 141
43 Attempts 35
3.6 Avg. Per Rush 4.0
264 Passing 174
32 Attempts 21
24 Completions 9
1 Interceptions 0
8.2 Avg. Per Pass 8.3
420 Total Offense 315
75 Plays 56
5.6 Avg. Per Play 5.6
2-1 Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-1
6-60 Penalties: Number-Yards 4-15
2-84 Punting: Number-Yards 5-233
42.0 Avg. Per Punt 46.6
2-33 Punt Returns: Number-Yards 1-5
0-0 Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards 0-0
0-0 Interception Returns: Number-Yards 1-0
9-17 Third-Down Conversions 2-11
0-1 Fourth-Down Conversions 0-1

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