MADISON, Wis. -

The University of Wisconsin Badger football team wants to do better at carrying first half momentum past half time.

Against Nebraska Saturday, the Badgers earned a 17 point lead in the first 34 minutes, but Nebraska came back and won in the final 26 minutes of the game.

Players said the solution to the problem is to practice like you play.

“I feel like after halftime we let off the gas, and that was the main focus today and for the rest of the season.  Prepare like you're playing a game. Prepare like the first eight periods of practice is the first quarter and so on, and finish out practice strong,” said Badger running back Montee Ball.

The Badgers are preparing to take on a struggling Illinois team in Madison Saturday.

Illinois lost to Penn State 45-7 last week.

Illini head coach Tim Beckman said they have a lot of work to do before coming to Madison.

“It's been sort of a snowball effect that has happened to us during these football games. I think we've competed. The kids have fought. But we have to not be giving up big plays,” said Beckman.