2009-2010 Illinois

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    Illinois 31 MSU 24

    An Ugly Win is Still a Win!

    It's rare to see a coaching change mid season in college football. So you know their were problems within the Illinois program. A year that started off with great expectations saw Illinois lose their first two conference games by an average of 20 points per game. Succumbing to the pressure, Coach Zook resigned and the AD called upon little known Coach Wildcatter.

    If the first game under Coach Wildcatter is any indication, it might continue to be a long season for the Fighting Illini. But, a win is a win, and the coach was happy with the fight his kids put up when they could have easily packed it in.

    The first half was on offensive explosion for each team trading scores resulting in a 24-17 lead for Illinois at the half. Illinois WR. A. Benn led the attack with 8 receptions for 124 yards and 1 TD. Each defense made adjustments and dominated the second half. Michigan State's suffocating pass rush led to 7 sacks for the game. DE C. Neely could not be blocked and accounted for a school record 5 sacks and 8 total tackles.

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    Each team failed to score in the 3rd quarter. In the 4th, after a defensive stand by Illinois, their special teams fumbled the punt and J. Misch of MSU returned the fumble for a TD to tie the game at 24.

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    Illinois was finally able to put a drive together, led by QB J. Williams, that resulted in a 24 yard TD pass to put the Illini up 31-24 with 4 minutes to play.

    MSU went on to put an incredible drive together. Each series would see a third down that would be converted by the outstanding play of QB Keith Nichol. With a minute to play, MSU found itself inside Illinois 5 yard line and a first down. The first play was a run and stuffed by the defense. After a timeout, MSU had the play:

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    A pass that was ruled to be thrown behind the line of scrimmage was batted around and eventually recovered by Illinois! Fighting Illini Win!

    The win did not come without a high cost though. The physical play resulted in several injuries. At one point in the game, QB Williams, WR Benn & HB Dufrene were banged up on the sideline. Each player is day to day and expected to make the start next week. Unfortunately, a few other players weren't so lucky. LG Hunt suffered a broken jaw and will be 2 weeks of action. ROLB Ellington dislocated his elbow and will miss the rest of the season.​
     

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