Illinois rolls northwest and keeps the bowl’s hopes alive


Champaign, Illinois (AP) —Brandon Peters threw a touchdown with 242 yards, and Illinois capsized big ten rival Northwest 47-14 on Saturday.

Illinois wants to secure a second bowl bid five years later with a big win to end the regular season.

“It was fun to make this,” said Bret Bielema, a first-year coach in Illinois. “If we win a bowl bid, I welcome practice and are allowed another game with these guys (seniors).”

Peters also threw a passcut. Chase Brown rushed 14 times with a touchdown of 112 yards and Josh McRae carried 12 yards with a score of 42 yards. Isaiah Williams and Daniel Barker also recorded a touchdown in a hurry for Irina. Williams also caught 7 passes with 113 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan Hilinski passed 23-12 at 123 yards through the Northwestern. Evanhal was in a hurry 32 times for a touchdown of 101 yards and Wildcats. Malik Washington caught 7 passes at 83 yards.

Early management

Illinois (5-7, 4-5 Big Ten) dominated the game early on, scoring mid-quarter after Illinois’s eight-yard line regained Evanhal’s fumble. Daniel Barker punched in for a touchdown, and two minutes later Peters, 39 yards, passed Williams to raise Illinois to 14-0.

After Peters hit Casey Washington with a 56-yard pass, Chase Brown ran through a yard for the third touchdown of Irini’s half. Williams then ran 21 yards for yet another Illinois touchdown.

Northwestern (3-9, 1-8) scored 28-7 Illinois with 11 plays and a 75-yard drive on a 1-yard Hirinsky run, leaving 6:58 in the first half.

With three field goals from James McCourt, Irini took a 37-7 lead in the half.

“Today was a microcosm of the season,” said Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. “On our side, the opportunity was lost. We had the opportunity to flip the ball early, give up explosive play, and get off the field. Obviously disappointed.”

They said it

Bielema: “I believe we are heading in the right direction. We have always felt that we are on a steady path to this place. I like our focus all week long. Did, and it showed. “

Fitzgerald: “We believe we will continue to grow and build. We probably went from my most veteran team to perhaps my youngest team. They are excuses. We You need to get to work and get better. It all starts with me and ends with me. I’m a leader. I’m the one who needs to put things in the right place. Obviously, press the right button this year. I’m sorry I didn’t get the correct combination. “

Big picture

Illinois dominated the Wildcats from the beginning, scoring more points (37) in the first half against Northwestern than one full game (30 against both Nebraska and UTSA) throughout the season. Illini is now waiting to see if she can manage the bowl invitation with five wins, not impossible given the strong end of the Illini season.

Northwestern University looks lost throughout the game and has to wait a year for a chance to reclaim the Lincoln Trophy land held by the winner of this longtime rival game.


Northwest: Season over.

Illinois: I’m looking forward to the bowl invitation.


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