Sep 7, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans during halftime against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football v.s. Youngstown State: Fighting Illini Lead Penguins 7-6 At Halftime

After a slow start offensively in the first quarter, Illinois football has their first touchdown of the 2014 season!

Illinois started the second quarter off with a BANG, as V’Angelo Bentley returned a kick for 67-yards all the way to the Youngstown State 33-yard line.

An Illini penalty would move the ball back to the Youngstown 38, but it would only take Wes Lunt three passes to get the Fighting Illini on the scoreboard for the first time this season.

The only Illinois touchdown gave them a 7-3 lead which came off of an 8-yard pass from Lunt to senior tight end Jon Davis.

The biggest positive of the first half has to be the Illinois defense.

Despite being put on the field quite a bit in the game, the defense has stood tall. They held the Penguins off the scoreboard until the very last play of the first half.

After a Youngstown State penalty wiped away a touchdown, the Penguins settled for their second field goal of the game to pull within one point of the Fighting Illini.

Illini Nation is hoping that the offense can make the needed adjustments during halftime to look much better in the second half.

Lunt hasn’t be great, but has shown some positives. It’s the run game that will need to pick up a bit. The Illini finished the first half with just 22 rushing yards on eight carries.

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