The Northwestern Wildcats advanced to 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten after defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini 50-14. They are now 27-27-3 against Illinois on their home field.
The Fighting Illini scored first on a 15-yard touchdown run by Donovonn Young, but it was all Wildcats from there. The only other time the Illini scored was in the second quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by Reilly O’Toole.
The Wildcats were led on offense by running back Venric Marks and quarterback Kain Colter. Marks finished the game with 127 yards and a touchdown while Colter threw for 102 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Colter also ran for 88 yards and scored a touchdown on the ground.
The Illini offense did not have the same success. Their offense was led by Young who ran for 74 yards and a touchdown. Also, Nathan Scheelhaase went 9-of-14 for 91 yards. He also threw two interceptions.
Northwestern forced Illinois to turn the ball over four times. They threw three interceptions and lost one fumble. The Fighting Illini also committed a total of eight penalties for 88 penalty yards.
Illinois finishes the season with a record of 2-10 and win less in the Big Ten in head coach Tim Beckman’s first season.
Northwestern finishes the season third in the Big Ten – Legends and improved its chances for a berth in a New Year’s Day bowl game. This is also the first time the Wildcats have won the Land of Lincoln Trophy since 2009.
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