CHICAGO - Russell Wilson threw for 347 yards and three scores, Montee Ball rushed for another two touchdowns and No. 7 Wisconsin piled up more than 600 yards of total offense Saturday in a 49-7 rout of Northern Illinois at Soldier Field.
Ball finished with 91 yards on 18 carries, James White added 100 yards and another score, and Nick Toon had two touchdown catches for the Badgers (3-0), who have won 31 consecutive games against nonconference opponents in the regular season.
It was an unwelcome "homecoming" for Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren, who spent the past five years in Madison as the defensive coordinator before taking over the Huskies (1-2) after coach Jerry Kill left for the Gophers.
Jasmin Hopkins scored the only touchdown for the Huskies, who fell to 4-27 against Top 25 teams. That touchdown tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter, but Northern Illinois then attempted an onside kick that Wisconsin recovered. Wilson needed only three passes to give the Badgers the lead back.
Wisconsin now has one last warmup before its much-anticipated Oct. 1 game against Big Ten newcomer Nebraska at Camp Randall Stadium.