MADISON, Wis. – Wins like this don’t just happen.
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst couldn’t emphasize that enough after the Badgers trounced Illinois at Camp Randall Saturday afternoon, 48-3. But despite the Badgers looking amply prepared for anything the Illini threw or ran at them, Chryst said he never really knows what to expect in any given game.
Here’s what else Chryst had to say about the win:
- “Once again, I thought our defense was really good. Four takeaways, third-down (stops), really productive. That was fun.”
- “You spend a lot of time with these guys and like seeing them have success.”
- “I think all of our experiences help build some confidence. We haven’t arrived yet, but today it was good. I don’t think there was a group lacking confidence, necessarily. It’s been progressing.”
- On why the red-zone production was better: “Execution. It was guys putting it all together. That’s what’s fun about football: It takes all 11, and they were able to do that. And there’s nothing magical about this game. And it’s guys executing. I thought we did that too.”
- On running back Dare Ogunbowale: “I love Dare. He means a ton to this team. Certainly on the field, but off the field. It’s a guy that everyone knows in the locker room they can go to, that Dare’s got their back.”
- On the O-line: “I think continuity helps, but I think it was execution. Guys did what they should do and I think we’ll look at it and there were some good finishes.”