Well, after a long offseason, Illinois football is finally here! However, the Orange & Blue find themselves trailing the Youngstown State Penguins, 3-0, after the first quarter of play in Champaign.
The big talk coming into today’s game was about how the Fighting Illini needed to start fast and put up points right away. That did not happen in the first quarter.
Illinois received the ball first, and Illini Nation were filled with excitement to see the first ever drive with quarterback Wes Lunt leading the Illini offense.
After completing his first pass to Josh Ferguson, Lunt and the Illini offense went 3-and-out and were forced to punt. Lunt would complete 5-of-8 passes for just 23 yards in the first quarter.
The big surprise from the first quarter of play for Illinois came on the defensive side of the football. The Illini defense was able to keep the Youngstown State offense out of the endzone on two straight drives before giving up a 33-yard field goal to end the quarter.
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