Illinois and #19 Washington have played one full half at Soldier Field, and it’s the Huskies that go into the locker rooms with a 10-3 lead.
The Fighting Illini started the second quarter from the Washington 15 yard line, but they got no points after Taylor Zalewski missed a 41 yard field goal.
Washington would make the Illini pay on their very next drive as Husky running back Bishop Sankey scored the lone touchdown of the first half on a 31 yard catch to put the #19 Huskies up 7-0. Illinois would answer on their next drive with a Zalewski field goal.
Just like in the first quarter, Washington running back Dwayne Washington had a questionable fumble that needed an official review. The officials reviewed the second fumble by Washington and ruled it a recovery by the Fighting Illini.
However, the Illini offense looked “off,” and they punted the ball after a three and out.
Washington got into Illini territory on their last drive of the half, but the Illini defense came up in a BIG way.
The Huskies got to the Illinois 7 yard line with a 1st and goal situation. However, Tim Beckman’s squad looked huge as the defense forced Washington to kick a field goal to go up 10-3.
The Illinois offense will need to come out looking a lot better in the second half. The Illini defense have certainly kept their team in this game.
Nathan Scheelhaase has completed four passes for only 61 yards compared to Washington’s Keith Price who has completed 17 passes for 117 yards.
Overall, the Huskies have more offensive yards than the Fighting Illini, 278-93. However, Illinois is winning the turnover battle after forcing to Husky fumbles and that is what is keeping the Illini in this game.
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