Mike Bass kicked a 46-yard field goal on the game's last play, after teammate Tony Eason had passed for 479 yards, as Illinois rallied for a 29-28 Big Ten victory at Wisconsin yesterday.
"After Wisconsin scored . . . Coach (Mike) White asked me what I could make. I said anything from 60 yards or less," said Bass, whose five field goals tied a Big Ten single-game record.
Wisconsin went up, 28-26, on wide receiver Al Toon's 40-yard pass to tight end Jeff Nault 52 seconds earlier.
Wisconsin quarterback Randy Wright threw a lateral to Toon, who was set up in the left flat. Wright bounced the ball onto the turf, apparently deceiving the Illini into thinking the play was dead. Toon scooped up the ball and passed to Nault, who was behind the coverage at about the five. But Wendell Gladem missed the extra point, his second such failure of the game.
"The extra point has given me headaches," Wisconsin Coach Dave McClain said. "It's a combination of the snapper, holder and kicker."
The Illini then went 51 yards in five plays and Bass' kick, after a timeout, stunned a crowd of 78,406 at Camp Randall. Eason, who completed 37 of 51 passes, set up Bass with a 23-yard pass to tight end Tim Brewster.
Wisconsin (4-3, 3-2), which had a four-game winning streak broken, had a 20-9 lead late in the third quarter when Toon scored on Wright's 46-yard screen pass.
But the Illini (6-2, 5-1) rallied on Eason's passing and took an intentional safety with 1:54 left to make it 26-22.