The third quarter started exactly the way the Illinois Fighting Illini needed it to, with the defense stopping Indiana on their first drive, and then the Illinois offense went to work culminating their ensuing drive with a huge 54 yard TD reception by who else, Steve Hull.
The next Indiana drive ended abruptly when Jonathan Brown picked off a Nate Sudfeld pass and returned it to the Indiana 44 yard line.
The injury to Simon Cvijanovic reared its head when Austin Schmidt was flagged for holding, backing the Illini up to mid-field, but it didn’t matter because Scheelhaase picked up his young lineman with a huge pass to Spencer Harris. After 2 quick plays that gained 5 yards, Scheelhaase scrambled for a 14 yard TD on 3rd and 5. Illinois passed 400 yards of total offense during this drive. More importantly, however, is that Illinois cashed in the Brown interception for 7 points and took the lead back from Indiana.
On the next Indiana drive, Nate Sudfeld was lifted for Tre Roberson, but following a questionable late hit by T.J. Neal that was not flagged, Sudfeld re-appeared. Sudfeld threw several low passes, and was tackled at the line of scrimmage for a near loss by Teko Powell, but then launched a 41 yard TD Pass on 3rd and 10 to Cody Latimer who had beaten Caleb Day. The TD tied the game back up at 28 with 5:17 left in the 3rd quarter.
Illinois went 3 and out following the Indiana touchdown, giving the defense no time to catch their breath and they definitely need it because Sudfeld once again hit Latimer in stride, this time for a 50 yard TD. Latimer has 11 catches for 189 yards and 3 TD.
The quarter ended with Illinois driving the ball, but trailing the Hoosiers 35-28.
With 1 quarter to play, it’s pretty clear that anything can happen as we have already had multiple lead changes in this game.
If the Illini want a shot at going bowling it’s time for them to play a complete fourth quarter and steal this win away from the Hoosiers on the road.
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