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Badgers football team breaks losing streak

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin football team's losing streak is over.

Dustin Sherer threw two touchdown passes to David Gilreath and ran for another, rallying Wisconsin over Illinois 27-17 in Madison today.

The Badgers snapped their four-game losing streak -- all in Big Ten games -- which was their longest in 12 years.

Wisconsin intercepted Juice Williams three times, including two long returns that set up points as Illinois squandered its chance to give coach Ron Zook his first win at Camp Randall Stadium.

Illinois pulled ahead 17-10 before the Badgers rallied behind Gilreath. He took a short toss over the middle and evaded four would-be tacklers for a 49-yard touchdown.

On the next possession, Niles Brinkley intercepted Williams when the ball was tipped and ran it back 47 yards, setting up a 38-yard field goal by Philip Welch.

Gilreath caught a pass from Sherer for Wisconsin's final TD.

Both teams now have overall records of 4-4. Wisconsin is 1-4 in the Big Ten and Illinois is 2-3.

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