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Illini win 2nd in row 41-23 over turnover-plagued Huskers – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2020-11-22 01:14:08 –

Brandon Peters threw one touchdown and ran to another in the first game of almost a month. In Illinois, two rushers exceeded 100 yards, and Illinois won two consecutive wins over Nebraska 41-23, which was plagued by turnovers.

For most teams entering the Lincoln-Memorial Stadium, Nebraska, defeating Nebraska doesn’t mean as much as it was used to think of the Cornhuskers’ fall from senior college football over the last two decades.

Illinois coach Robbie Smith’s team couldn’t tell after winning 41-23 on Saturday.

“I can imagine what our locker room looked like,” Smith said. “It is said that he hasn’t won Lincoln since 1924 when Red Grange played. Whenever that happens, it’s a big deal.”

Brandon Peters threw one touchdown and ran to another in the first game of almost a month. In Illinois, two rushers exceeded 100 yards, and Illinois won two consecutive Huskers suffering from turnovers.

The Cornhuskers won the Illinois last year despite four turnovers. But they couldn’t survive the five.

“I didn’t see this coming,” said Nebraska coach Scott Frost. “I was confused by the level of execution in all three phases. I didn’t think there was juice last week. It seems that the team thought they would win one game, but that’s good. It doesn’t work. . “

Luke McCaffrey made his second start in the quarterback and committed the first of four turnovers in his first play from Scrimmage. Wondale Robinson failed when the Huskers (1-3, 1-3 Big Ten) tried to return in the second half.

Illinois (2-3, 2-3) led 28-10 two quarters later, scoring the first half points against its opponents in the conference in 10 years and becoming the second road game in a few weeks. Won.

“Winning is always a great feeling,” Peters said. “I think today’s turning point was to make that sales a reality early in the game. It gave us a lot of momentum to move forward, and from that point on we stopped. did not.”

Peters, who had been out since October 24 due to the COVID-19 outbreak on the team, showed no rust to lead a balanced Irini attack with a 285-yard rush and 205 passes. It was.

Nebraska joined the game as a 16-point favorite and was immediately in trouble.

McCaffrey ran four yards on the first snap and threw the ball into the grass. This was considered a lateral pass rather than an illegal forward pass. Irini’s linebacker Jake Hansen recovered at 21.

Chase Brown, who ran 110 yards with 26 carries, scored the first score of two touchdowns after three plays.

Peters threw to Josh Imatorbebe for a 28-yard touchdown for a 21-7 lead after Tarick Burns intercepted McCaffrey’s desperate throw scrambled along the sideline.

Illinois added a lead in two plays after Mike Epstein broke the 58-yard sideline. Epstein finished 113 yards with 13 carries.

McCaffrey ran 26 times in his career’s best 122 yards and threw two touchdowns. But he couldn’t overcome all those sales.

“The best thing is that you can’t turn the ball over,” he said. “I did too many times today, so the scoreboard looked like that.”

Take away

Illinois: Smith’s defense thrived on turnovers, and Illinois played “Lovie Ball” on five takeouts. It gives them 13 this season.

Nebraska: The Huskers flopped a week after defeating Pennsylvania State University in their first win. In the third year of Frost, severe pain continues.

Leave the mirror on the stretcher

Nebraska linebacker Colin Miller was taken off the field on a stretcher with about 12 minutes remaining in the match before being taken to Lincoln Hospital as a precautionary measure.

Miller had movements in all his limbs and all of Miller’s diagnostic imaging and examination results were normal, the school said in a statement on Saturday night. Miller was supposed to stay overnight in the hospital for observation.

He seemed to be injured by tackling. As players on both teams knelt down, medical personnel tended to head to the mirror for a few minutes near the South End Zone. He was tied to the backboard and taken out of the stadium.

Thank you for playing

Nebraska officials would like to boast that they led the responsibility to revive football after Big Ten first decided to bring the season back to spring.

Minutes after the match, the Illinois athletic club thanked them.

“Good game Nebraska. Thank you for reviving B1G football,” the agency tweeted on its official account.

Should I punt?

Illinois Panther Blake Hayes played the game’s most entertaining play when he started running in his 31st to 4th and 8th plays in the third quarter.

As Hayes started punting, he stopped and started running looking at the open field on the left. He stuttered once or twice before reaching the sideline for a gain of 14 yards and the first down.

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Illinois will host Third Ohio on November 28th. Illinois lost nine consecutive games in the series.

Nebraska will visit Iowa on 27 November. The Huskers went straight to Hawkeye.

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