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Five first-half takeaways propel Wisconsin Badgers past Illinois Fighting Illini | National

Late in the second quarter of the University of Wisconsin’s 49-20 victory over Illinois on Saturday, Olive Sagapolu dropped into coverage, shuffled in line with the eyes of quarterback MJ Rivers, batted his pass high into the air and cradled an unlikely interception that most 342-pound nose tackles would only dream of securing.

The brief but intense first-half snowstorm at Camp Randall Stadium had already subsided, but the Fighting Illini hadn’t yet escaped the flurry of turnovers that buried their chances of keeping pace with the heavily-favored Badgers.

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