Bart Houston had only thrown nine passes all year. But when starting quarterback Joel Stave left the game with a head injury, Houston answered the call.
Houston threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wisconsin Badgers (6-2, 3-1) to a 24-13 win over Illinois.
Houston hit Alex Erickson with a nine-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give the Badgers a two score cushion and put the game out of reach.
Erickson had a big day, catching ten passes for 96 yards and rushing four times for another 81 yards.
Robert Wheelwright caught Houston’s first touchdown passes in the second quarter.
Alec Ingold scored again for the Badgers, a two-yard touchdown run.
Wisconsin will host Rutgers this coming Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.