Fighting Illini burn Sun Devils

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  1. Will Clinton

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    After dealing with technical difficulties for the better part of 2 days that delayed the start of the game, ASU came out with pitchforks blazing as they took a 10-0 lead late in the 1st qtr. A 6 yd TD pass from Scheelhaase to Wilson closed the gap to 3, but an ASU FG early in the 2nd qtr pushed the lead back to 6. The Illini used the rest of the 2nd qtr to fight their way to the top, with Donovan scoring on a 1 yd TD run, and a 38 yd TD pass from Scheelhaase to R. Lankford. So far this season, the Sophmore duo of Scheelhaase and Donovan and the Junior Lankford have kept the offense humming.



    In the 2nd half, ASU got off an early TD to tie up the game at 21, but the Illini definitely had fight left in them. The last score of the game came in the 3rd qtr as Scheelhaase connected on his 3rd TD of the game, a 55 yarder to Harris.



    Scheelhaase, who won his 2nd “Player of the Game” award, finished with 292 yards and 3 TD’s but struggled with accuracy going a woeful 13/31 for the game and getting picked 2 times. The running game took off again and allowed the Illinois squad to eat up chunks of yards and time on the clock as Donovan rushed for 119 yds and 1 TD on 24 carries. Lankford again led the receivers with 4 catches for 94 yds and a TD. The O-line will definitely be getting some pointers from the coaches after giving up 7 sacks.



    The defense came through again, holding ASU to zero points after Illinois went up 28-21 on the TD pass from Scheelhaase to Harris. In 2 games so far, the defense has given up a total of 8 points in the 2nd half. Williams led the defense with 9 total tackles and a sack. Brown again snatched a pass to record his 2nd interception of the year from his LB spot. Overall, the defense did its job by holding the ASU QB to 13/33 passing for only 133 yds and 2 TD’s with one pick. They also held Arizona St. to only 29% conversions on 3rd downs, and 261 yds of total offense.



    After the game, we caught up with Illinois Coach Will Clinton to talk about the win.



    “We are happy with the outcome of the game, but we have so much to work on, there won’t be a lot of time for celebrating. This is a good win and there were some good things we can take away from the game. But, overall, there were just as many things we need to work on, get back to basics. My main area of concern is the O-Line. Giving up 7 sacks is not acceptable here at Illinois. We know we have a QB who can get our playmakers the ball, IF he is able to stay off his ass for most of the game. We have to go back to the drawing board and look at some changes, see if some guys are getting complacent and maybe shake up the starting line-up to try and wake a couple of guys up.”
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012

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