Broncos get branded by Illinois

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  1. Will Clinton

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    The Fighting Illini started out slow in the season opener, but the defense tightened up its belt and went to work in the second half, holding Western Michigan scoreless to come away with a very impressive 25 point win against the Broncos.




    Without a doubt, the star of the game was the RS JR QB who received the Player of the Game honor for his 302 yds and 3 td performance. The 1st half was good to Scheelhaase as he completed 8/12 passes for 102 yds and a td. He struggled a bit with his completion % in the second qtr going 4/11 but still gaining 107 yds and a TD through the air to end the half 12/23 for 209 yds and 2 TD’s. The second half was much better on his % as he went 6/8, but only passed for 93 yds and 1 TD.



    Other offensive players contributed, but none as much as Soph RB D Young, who rushed 31 times for 102 yds and a TD, and Jr. WR R Lankford who caught 6 passes for 90 yds and a TD. Jr T Russell and Jr. D Millines both added a TD through the air while RS FR RB J Ferguson added a TD on the ground.



    Amazingly, even with the offensive fireworks going off in the 1st half, Illinois was trailing by 3 when the 3rd qtr began. But whatever the coaches said in the locker room obviously worked, especially for the defense.



    On the 4th play of the first drive, JR MLB J Brown picked off a pass that led to a Illini TD. Then, the Broncos got all of the Illinois defense they wanted when RS SR MLB A Williams blitzed his way to the only QB sack the defense picked up all day. Early in the 4th qtr, SR CB J Green picked off another of the Broncos’ passes and that is where the game essentially ended.



    The Illinois defense was pretty stingy giving up only 64 yds on the ground all game and holding the Western Michigan offense to 25% 3rd down conversions while holding the Broncos QB to under 50% passing with a 12/31 performance.



    The offense, on the other hand, put up 392 yds of total offense and converted 76% of their 3rd down conversions to run away with the victory.



    Even though this turned out to be a bit of a yawn by the end of the game, Coach Clinton came away with some things that needed to be addressed during the upcoming week of practice. “Until we execute every play of every drive with every ounce of energy and passion we have, and until we can execute like that by nature instead of being reminded, we always have phases of the game to work on. Our offense played good in the 1st half, and our defense really shut them down in the 2nd half. Now we have to go and try and put those halves into a whole game, and have both sides of the ball clicking at the same time to really be the kind of team we want to be and compete for Big 10 titles.”
     
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  2. sreese

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    nice write up took me like 3 tries to read it. So much orange!!!!!!;)
     
  3. Will Clinton

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    See if that helps.
     
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