After starting the first half on offense, Illinois football started the second half on the defensive side of the ball.
The Illini defense has looked pretty good in today’s home opener, but the Youngstown State Penguins were able to march down the field for their third score of the ballgame in the third quarter.
The good thing though is that all three Penguin scores have been field goals as Youngstown State’s Joey Cejudo kicked a 36-yard field goal at the 9:18 mark of the third quarter to give his team a 9-7 lead.
The Illini offense would go scoreless after running under fifteen total plays in the quarter.
However, the offense would get its best field position of the quarter after the defense blocked a Youngstown State “rugby-style” punt late in the third.
Wes Lunt threw a deep ball to the endzone intended for true freshman Mike Dudek, but the pass could not be caught.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will enter the fourth and final quarter against Youngstown State on the wrong side of a potential upset.
The offense will have great field position to start the fourth, and Illini Nation is praying the Lunt can lead the offense to the victory and avoid a disastrous upset.
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