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Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst and Illinois head coach Bret Bielema embrace after their game Saturday.

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Notes, tidbits and stats for the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Illinois Fighting Illini at Camp Randall Stadium:

-- This is the 89th meeting between Wisconsin and Illinois. The Badgers lead the series 44-37-7, including 24-16-4 in Madison. Wisconsin has won eight in row at home to the Illini with the last loss coming in 2002.

-- Under Paul Chryst, Wisconsin is 50-9 when scoring first (2-0 in 2022), 17-16 when the opponent scores first (0-2 in 2022), 44-7 when leading after the first quarter (2-0 in 2022), 12-10 when trailing after the first quarter (0-1 in 2022), 56-7 when leading at halftime (2-1 in 2022), 4-17 when trailing at halftime (0-1 in 2022), 62-4 when leading after the third quarter (2-0 in 2022) and 5-19 when trailing after the third quarter (0-2 in 2022).

-- Paul Chryst’s next win will be his 68th at Wisconsin, tying him with Bret Bielema for second-most coaching wins in school history.

--Wisconsin has an interception in nine consecutive games, the longest streak since 2006-07, when the Badgers had a streak of 11 games.

-- Wisconsin has 33 100-yard rushers vs. Illinois. Last: Chez Mellusi (145) and Braelon Allen (131) in 2021; last at home: Jonathan Taylor (159) and Taiwan Deal (111) in 2018. Most: Ron Dayne, 289 in 1996. Most at home: Anthony Davis, 213 in 2004.

-- The Badgers have 12 200-yard passers vs. Illinois. Last: Graham Mertz, 248 in 2020. Most: Tyler Donovan, 392 in 2007. Most in win and most at home: Joel Stave, 254 in 2012.

-- Wisconsin has 11 100-yard receivers vs. Illinois. Last: Jared Abbrederis, 117 in 2012. Most: Pat Richter, 170 in 1961.

-- Graham Mertz needs 6 touchdown passes to tie Scott Tolzien for 9th place on UW’s all-time list.

-- Mertz needs 439 passing yards to pass Jim Sorgi for 9th place on UW’s all-time list.

-- Mertz needs 5 completions to pass Tony Lowery for 9th place and 9 to pass Randy Wright for 8th place on UW’s all-time list.

-- Braelon Allen needs 3 yards rushing to pass Brooks Bollinger for 19th place, 214 to tie and 215 to pass Michael Bennett for 18th place, 226 to tie and 227 to pass Marvin Artley for 17th place and 240 to tie and 241 to pass Alan Thompson for 17th place on UW’s all-time list.

-- Allen needs 1 rushing touchdown to tie and 2 to pass Larry Emery and Alan Thompson for 19th place, 3 to tie Dale Hackbart for 17th place and 4 to tie Brian Calhoun for 16th place on UW’s all-time list.

-- Andy Vujnovich needs 3 punts to qualify for Wisconsin’s all-time leader in punting average. He is averaging 44.3 yards per punt. Kevin Stemke is the current career leader with a 43.5-yard average.