If you’re an Illini fan right now, you’re happy with what you have seen from the team to this point against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The offense has been stellar, and the defense has been a lot better than it was against Southern Illinois.
In the first quarter, it was all about Nathan Scheelhaase. Bill Cubit used this to his advantage on Illinois’ first drive of the second quarter.
Coming out of an Illinois timeout, Bill Cubit tried to catch the Bearcat defense off guard, and it worked. The Illini ran an end around to wide receiver Ryan Lankford that ended up going 29 yards to the house which pulled the Illini up 14-0 over Cincinnati.
About five minutes later, Illinois was at it again with another score as Scheelhaase threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Evan Wilson that put Illinois up 21-0.
The game would remain that way until the last minute of the half as the Bearcats were able to use Munchie Legauz runs to get them into the redzone. Then, Legauz finished off the lengthy Cincy drive with a 1 yard touchdown to Max Morrison to slim the Illini lead to 14 points heading into the half.
Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville said that the Illini offense “caught them off guard” with their formations and to expect the Bearcats wo be better in the second half.
If the Bearcats want to be successful on defense, they will need to pressur Nathan Scheelhaase. After one half, Scheelhaase has completed 17 out of his 20 passes and has thrown for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
One thing we preached about in regards to the Cubit offense is limiting turnovers. Zero turnovers for the Illini after one half today.
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