Illini win 2nd in row 41-23 over turnover-plagued Huskers
Brandon Peters threw for one landing and ran for an additional in his first sport in practically a month, Illinois had two rushers go over 100 yards, and the Illini beat turnover-plagued Nebraska 41-23 on Saturday for his or her second straight win.
The Cornhuskers gained at Illinois final yr regardless of committing 4 turnovers. They could not survive 5, although, because the Illini gained in Lincoln for the primary time since 1924.
Luke McCaffrey, making his second begin at quarterback, dedicated the primary of his 4 turnovers on the primary play from scrimmage. Wan’Dale Robinson coughed up the ball because the Huskers (1-3, 1-Three Large Ten) tried to return again within the second half.
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Illinois (2-3, 2-3) led 28-10 after two quarters, their most first-half factors in opposition to a convention opponent in 10 years, and was up 41-17 early within the fourth quarter. The Illini gained their second street sport in as many weeks.
Nebraska linebacker Collin Miller was taken off the sphere on a stretcher with about 12 minutes to play. He appeared to have been damage whereas tackling Mike Epstein.
Medical personnel tended to Miller for a number of minutes close to the south finish zone as gamers from each groups took a knee. He was strapped to a backboard and brought out of the stadium. There was no instant announcement on the character of his harm.
Peters, who had been out since Oct. 24 due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the staff, confirmed no rust in main a balanced Illini offense that had 285 yards dashing and 205 passing.
Nebraska entered the sport as a 16-point favourite and bumped into bother instantly.
McCaffrey ran Four yards on the primary snap and flung the ball into the turf — what was dominated a lateral as a substitute of an unlawful ahead cross — and Illini linebacker Jake Hansen recovered on the 21.
Chase Brown, who ran for 110 yards on 26 carries, scored the primary of his two touchdowns three performs later.
Tarique Barnes intercepted a scrambling McCaffrey’s desperation throw alongside the sideline on a fourth-and-Four play. Peters threw to Josh Imatorbhebhe for a 28-yard landing for a 21-7 lead.
Nebraska had an opportunity to tug inside a landing when it drove to the 1. However a holding name on heart Cam Jurgens nullified Marvin Scott III’s landing, and the Huskers needed to accept Connor Culp’s 30-yard subject objective.
Illinois added to the lead on Epstein’s 1-yard run two performs after he broke a 58-yarder down the sideline. Epstein completed with 113 yards on 13 carries.
McCaffrey gave option to Adrian Martinez late within the fourth quarter after throwing his third interception.
Illinois: Coach Lovie Smith’s protection thrives on turnovers, and the Illini performed “Lovie Ball” to the hilt with 5 takeaways. That offers them 13 for the season. The protection did take a success. Promising linebacker Tarique Barnes went out within the second quarter with what seemed to be a left leg harm and lineman Jer’Zhan Newton went out within the third with an undisclosed harm.
Nebraska: The Huskers flopped every week after beating Penn State for his or her first win. There are some critical rising pains taking place below third-year coach Scott Frost.
Illinois hosts No. Three Ohio State on Nov. 28. The Illini have misplaced 9 straight within the collection.
Nebraska visits Iowa on Nov. 27. The Huskers have dropped 5 straight to the Hawkeyes.