The Wisconsin Badgers rolled into Champaign, Illinois on Saturday looking like a juggernaut. They were coming off a 38-0 shutout of Michigan State, their fourth shutout of the season, and had allowed a grand total of 29 points all season long. All eyes were on next week’s epic showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes that could be a precursor to the Big Ten title.

Turns out, Wisconsin’s eyes might have been too focused on that showdown as well. Instead of rolling in undefeated, they were shocked by 3-4 Illinois in a historic 24-23 upset. Favored by over 30 points, it’s the biggest upset of the season by far and one of the biggest upsets in college football history.

Wisconsin seemed to be cruising along in the 3rd quarter but Illinois refused to go away as Reggie Corbin dashed through the previously unmoveable Badger defense for a touchdown score, putting things at 20-14.

Wisconsin got it’s lead back up to nine and was ahead 23-14 with a little under six minutes left in the game when Illinois struck again. This time, quarterback Brandon Peters (who transferred from Michigan) fired a rocket into the endzone for a touchdown.

Ahead 23-21 with a little over two minutes left, Wisconsin just needed to make some good decisions and get a few more points on the board to avoid the epic upset. Instead, QB Jack Coan threw an interception to Tony Adams, giving Illinois prime field position and a chance to pull off the win.

The Illini drove down the field, setting up a 39-yard field goal for kicker James McCourt with barely any time left on the clock. You know what happened next…

The kick was true, making McKnight an Illinois legend for years to come. Plus, it gave Lovie Smith a remarkable victory he can hang his hat on after three-plus seasons without too many of them in Champaign.

Just how crazy was this upset? There are a lot of stats to show you how…

Congrats, Illini. And as for Wisconsin, good luck getting back on track next week against *checks notes* Ohio State…

About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Curbed,, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.