For the second time in school history, the Illinois Fighting Illini kicked off a game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
The Illini received the ball to start their Chicago Homecoming match-up against the #19 Washington Huskies. On their first drive, Illinois marched down the field, but a costly sack of Nathan Scheelhaase on a 3rd and 9 pushed the Illini out of field goal range and forced them to punt the ball away.
After a nice Illinois punt, Washington got their first chance with the football on offense. The Huskies did not even get into Illini territory as Jonathan Brown sacked Washington’s quarterback Keith Price on a 3rd and 5 to force a Huskies punt.
The first quarter would continue that trend throughout.
The most exciting part of the quarter came on Washington’s second offensive drive. On a 3rd and 1 run, Washington’s running back Dwayne Washington looked to have fumbled the ball. The play was reviewed by the officials and they ruled it a Huskies fumble and Illinois recovery.
The first quarter was very pedestrian for the Illini offense. Scheelhaase only completed three pass for 33 yards. The major bright spots for the Illini were running back Josh Ferguson and the defense.
Ferguson ran for 25 yards on two carries and caught a pass for 27 yards, and the defense held the Huskies to a scoreless first quarter and kept the Illini in the game.
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