Nov 9, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Jake Howe (95) warms up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Leads Illinois 21-14 at the Half in Bloomington

A funny thing happened on the way to halftime: Both defenses decided to step up and get stops. This game looked destined to see multiple touchdowns registered by both offenses in the 2nd quarter, but that wasn’t the case.

The most promising drive of the quarter for Illinois began on the Indiana 47 after Earnest Thomas forced an Indiana fumble and Teko Powell scooped it up for the Illini. However, Illinois did absolutely nothing with the ball. Aaron Bailey made an appearance on 3rd down and failed to pick up the first down on short yardage, and then Illinois gambled and went for it on 4th, but Bailey was once again stopped short of the yard marker.

Indiana took the ensuing possession and scored on a Nate Sudfeld to Cody Latimer 12 yard TD pass to give the Hoosiers a 21-14 lead with 4:02 left in the 2nd quarter.

Illinois began their next possession on their own 9 yard line following a holding penalty on the kickoff return. They moved the ball to the Indiana 23 yard line, but the drive fizzled after Taylor Zalewski missed a FG. Miles Osei dropped a possible TD catch on 1st down in a ton of traffic, and then the offense missed on consecutive passes to set up the possible FG.

The Illinois defense has limited Indiana to 3 for 7 on 3rd downs in this game. If Illinois wants to have a chance to win this game they are going to need to continue to get off the field on 3rd down.

Steve Hull has passed his previous career high for receiving yards. He has 4 catches for 121 yards and 1 TD. Nathan Scheelhaase is 15 out of 21 for 209 yards and 1 TD. He has also rushed the ball 5 times for 18 yards.

For Indiana, Nate Sudfeld is 15 out of 19 for for 139 yards and 1 TD. Tevin Coleman has 10 carries for 118 yards and 1 TD.

Indiana will have the ball when play resumes in the 3rd quarter, and it is going to be a critical drive for the Illinois defense. If they want to stay in this game the Illini can not afford to fall behind by 2 scores against the high scoring Indiana offense.

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Tags: Cody Latimer Earnest Thomas Illinois Fighting Illini Indiana Hoosiers Nate Sudfeld Nathan Scheelhaase Steve Hull Teko Powell Tevin Coleman

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