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Illini Pull Ahead By 34-24 In A Much Less Eventful Third Quarter Of Wrigleyville Classic

After such an up and down first half, things seemed to have calmed down on the north side. The one scoring drive of the quarter was a 61 yard Illini drive that culminated in a Nathan Scheelhaase to A.J. Jenkins touchdown pass.

Leshoure continues to lead the way with 230 rushing yards on 25 carries, and has been complimented by fellow back Jason Ford who has 54 yards on nine carries for himself. The Illini have been known to be susceptible to late game comebacks from teams with strong passing attacks, so this is still anyone’s game.

Two Northwestern drives have stalled and resulted in punts, as the Wildcats managed to amass only about 45 yards in the quarter compared to the Illini 92.

If the Wildcats continue to fall behind they may have to rely heavily on the arm of inexperienced red shirt QB Evan Watkins, who has held up reasonably well in his first start, throwing for nearly 100 yards.