Sep 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Josh Ferguson (6) rushes the ball against Washington Huskies linebacker John Timu (10) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois V.S. Washington: Huskies Lead Illini 31-17 After 3rd Quarter

After a first half that only saw one total touchdown, both Washington and Illinois came out huge offensively with 35 combined points in the third quarter.

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The Huskies received the ball to begin the quarter and quickly got down the field while running the ball out of the same exact formation. Bishop Sankey punched the ball into the endzone on a goal line rushing touchdown to go up 17-3.

However, Illinois answered as Bill Cubit used the combined running powers of Donovonn Young and Nathan Scheelhaase to score a touchdown. On a 2nd and goal from the Washington 2 yard line, Scheelhaase ran the ball into the endzone to pull back within a score of 17-10.

Like two boxers in a fight, Washington traded blows with the Illini and scored on their second drive of the third quarter. Illinois dialed up a perfect blitz, but Husky running back Jesse Callier broke a tackle and busted off a 19 yard touchdown run to give Washington a 24-10 lead.

After that, both Washington and Illinois added passing touchdowns by Keith Price and Nathan Scheelhaase to put the Husky lead at 31-17.

Washington still had more yardage than Illinois on offense after three, but the Illinois offense showed some more life in the third.

Nathan Scheelhaase has 144 passing yards, 10 rushing yards, and two total touchdowns.

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