It’s halftime in Lincoln for the Fighting Illini and this is the best half of football the Illini have put together this season. As I said in the pregame, Rod Smith needed to have a balanced attack on offense, in which they have. The balanced attack has been in part because the defense has played Lovie ball for the first time all season.
The tone of the game was set on the very first offensive play for the Huskers on the backward pass by McCaffrey, which was not reviewed and given to the Illini. The Illini capitalized on each turnover(3) by scoring a touchdown on each. One major factor of this game has been the number of penalties that Nebraska has had through one half of play.
The Illini scoring drives go as follows:
1Q Jake Hansen recovers the backward pass on the 10-yard line, resulting in a 3 yard TD from Chase Brown. 7-0
1Q Illini TD Chase Brown 3 yard Punch. 14-7
2Q Illini TD on a 28-yard jump ball to Josh Bhebhe from Peters 21-7
2Q Mike Epstein 59 yard rush leads to an Epstein 1 yard TD. 28-10.
There has been a total of three takeaways in the game for the Illini defense. The Tony Adams interception to end the first half, the Hansen fumble recovery to start the game, and the Interception by Tarque Barnes.
Notable Stats for the Illini:
Peters: 12-15, 140 yards, 1 TD
Brown: 11 carries, 64 yards, 2 TD