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Illinois Vs. Ohio State: Illini seek first Big Ten win of year

Illinois looks for its first Big Ten win against undefeated Ohio State Saturday.

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Illinois dominated in 52-22 loss

The Ohio State Buckeyes prevailed over the Illinois Fighting Illini to move to 10-0 on Saturday.


Illinois trailing Ohio State in the 4th

The Illinois Fighting Illini managed to score in the third quarter, but they still trail the Ohio State Buckeyes by a wide margin heading into the fourth and final frame. The Illini recovered a Rod Smith fumble in Buckeyes territory, and Jon Davis grabbed a one-yard rushing touchdown to make the game 38-14, following the Illinois two-point conversion.

Just prior to that drive, the Buckeyes scored their only touchdown of the third quarter, when Braxton Miller rushed for a two-yard touchdown. Carlos Hyde had rushes of 24 and 20 yards on that drive, which moved it along well. That was an 11-play, 73-yard scoring drive for the Buckeyes, who scored four times in the second quarter.

Nathan Scheelhasse attempted few passes in the third quarter, and he has just 77 yards on the day, with one interception and no touchdowns. He's completing passes at an average of 2.9 yards per pass, which is very poor. He's rushed for 47 yards, and has been eclipsed by essentially the entirety of the Ohio State offense.


Illini trail Buckeyes big time at the half

After a strong start on defense, the Illinois Fighting Illini have started to fall apart in the second quarter, and now trail the Ohio State Buckeyes, 31-6, heading into halftime. They managed to enter the second frame trailing by just a point, but Ohio State rattled off 24 unanswered points to take the commanding lead halfway through this game.

Quarterback Braxton Miller hit Rod Smith for a 51-yard touchdown to give the buckeyes their second touchdown of the second quarter and their third of the day. Prior to that, Carlos Hyde rushed for a 5-yard score to make it 17-6, and it was his second of the day, as he accounted for Ohio State's seven points in the first quarter as well. Near the end of the half, he scored again, this one from 4 yards out.

Nathan Scheelhaase has thrown for just 76 yards for the Illini. He's also picked up 45 yards on the ground, but it hasn't been enough to remotely keep up with the Ohio State offense at this point. He threw an interception in the final seconds of the half.


Illini trail Buckeyes heading into 2nd

The Illinois Fighting Illini have played well against the Ohio State Buckeyes, but they find themselves in a 7-6 hole heading into the second quarter. Carlos Hyde managed touchdown rush of three yards to put the Buckeyes up, and it came immediately after the Illini had put up their first three points.

Nathan Scheelhaase led the Illini on a 10-play, 39-yard drive that ended with a Nick Immekus 43-yard field goal to put up their first points of the day. After Ohio State's touchdown, they then took over with a big return from Terry Hawthorne, which set them up near the 50-yard line. Scheelhaase hit Darius Millines for an 11-yard pass, and then Ohio State was called for a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

After the penalty, Scheelhaase managed to lead the Illini to the nine-yard line, but a couple of incomplete passes stalled the drive and Immekus had to kick a 28-yard field goal, putting the score at 7-6, which is what it remains heading into the second quarter.


How the Illini can pull an upset on Ohio State

One advantage the Illini have against Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus is the Buckeyes' tendency to turn the ball over. Get a few of those, protect their quarterback, and perhaps an upset is possible.

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