The battle between Indiana and Illinois featured two teams on the bottom of their respective divisions within the Big Ten.
Despite Illinois having home-field advantage, the Hoosiers held the first lead of the game and never gave it up.
The first quarter was filled with punts by both teams, but by halftime, Indiana scored twice, giving itself its largest lead of the game, 14-0. Illinois would get within three early in the fourth quarter, but never got closer after that. With the win, the Hoosiers are now 4-6 on the season, while the Illini are 2-8.
Below, find out what happened throughout the Hoosiers-Illini game.
Indiana-Illinois football live updates, score
Indiana 24, Illinois 14 (FINAL)
Indiana 24, Illinois 14 (Q4, 5:45): Two drives after the Illini pulled within three, the Hoosiers responded with a touchdown drive of its own. Lagow found Cobbs for a 5-yard touchdown pass, extending the lead back to 10.
Indiana 17, Illinois 14 (Q4, 12:59): After receiving the punt, the Illini drove down the field quickly and ended it with a 14-yard touchdown pass from George to Caleb Reams. The Illini are back within striking distance.
Indiana 17, Illinois 7 (Q4, 15:00): The fourth quarter is under way and Indiana has to punt the ball to Illinois.
Indiana 17, Illinois 7 (Q3, 5:13): In the later stages of the third quarter, the Hoosiers connected on a 28-yard field goal, stalling in the Illini’s redzone.
Despite settling for three, the 10-point lead might be enough to hold onto.
Indiana 14, Illinois 7 (Q3, 14:42): One play into the second half and Illinois has found a spark offensively. George found Louis Dorsey for a 77-yard touchdown to bring the team to within seven points.
Indiana 14, Illinois 0 (Halftime): Indiana racked up 266 yards of total offense in the half — to go along with its 13 first downs. Illinois garnered 72 yards,
three first downs and punted the ball seven times.
Indiana 14, Illinois 0 (Q2, 0:48): Facing a fourth-and-one, Indiana’s Lagow found WR Simmie Cobbs Jr. for a 35-yard strike to get to the Illinois 8-yard-line. Lagow followed it up with an 4-yard TD pass to Ian Thomas.
Indiana 7, Illinois 0 (Q2, 3:04): Following the Hoosiers’ touchdown, Illinois QB Jeff George Jr. completed a 31-yard pass, but the drive eventually stalled out due to a penalty and sack. Another punt takes place for the Illini and the Hoosiers take over at its 37-yard-line.
Indiana 7, Illinois 0 (Q2, 6:30): After nine punts took place to start the game, Indiana drove down the field and capped its drive off with a 2-yard touchdown run by Morgan Ellison.
Indiana 0, Illinois 0 (Q2, 15:00): The first quarter has come to a close and both offenses have done nothing significant. There have been four punts and a Richard Lagow interception. Illinois currently faces a fourth-and-four at midfield.
Indiana 0, Illinois 0 (Q1, 15:00): Illinois kicks off to Indiana and the Hoosiers will get the ball to start.
Indiana-Illinois game time, information
Time: Noon, ET
Date: November 11, 2017.
Location: Champaign, Illinois
Odds: The Hoosiers are -9 to win the game and the over-under is 49 according to MyBookie.
To listen to the Hoosiers and Illini on the radio, tune in to the I ndiana University Radio Network.
The Hoosiers come into the game on a four-game losing streak at 3-6 overall and 0-6 in the Big Ten, where they sit last in the East. In their last game, they fell to Wisconsin 45-17.
The Fighting Illini are also riding a losing streak with theirs at seven games, putting them at 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the West, good for last place. They’re coming of a bye week after a 24-10 loss to the Badgers on Oct. 28.
The two teams will meet for the first time since 2013, where the Hoosiers won 52-35 in Bloomington. It’ll be the first meeting between the two teams in Champaign since 2012, where the Hoosiers also won 31-17.
Overall though, the Illini lead the series 45-24-2.
The two teams are fairly even in statistics, though the Hoosiers hold the slight edge in most, including points per game (25.9-16.7), total yards (369-303) and total yards allowed (349.3-400.2).
The two teams are nearly even in points allowed though, with the Hoosiers at 28.8 and the Illini at 28.9.
Leading the Hoosiers on defense is linebacker Tegray Scales, who has 76 tackles, 10.5 of those for a loss with five sacks and one interception.
Behind him is safety Chase Dutra, who’s got 70 tackles and a forced fumble along with linebacker Chris Covington who’s tallied 66 tackles including 8.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
Peyton Ramsey is still the Hoosiers’ passing leader with 1,252 yards and 10 touchdowns, but Richard Lagow played in the team’s loss to the Badgers and has thrown for 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns.
Simmie Cobbs Jr. has been on the receiving end of both passers and has 59 catches for 662 yards and six scores.
Morgan Ellison is the team’s leading rusher with 490 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also been spelled in the backfield by Cole Gest, who has 204 yards, while Ramsey is second on the team in rushing with 327 yards and two scores.
In the loss to the Badgers, Lagow was 20-of-34 for 226 yards and two touchdowns to go with two interceptions.
Cobbs and Devonte Williams each had a touchdown, while Luke Timian led the team with 64 yards.
No Hoosier ran for more than 30 yards and the team had just 87 yards on the ground total.
Jeff George Jr. leads the Illini with 1,012 yards and five touchdowns. Ricky Smalling is the leading wide receiver with 415 yards and two touchdowns, while Mike Epstein leads the backfield with 346 yards and three touchdowns.
Linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips is the team’s leading tackler with 64 including four for a loss and one sack.
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