Hawthornes heroic play propels Illini to victory, may just force him to stay on defense - KMOV.com

Hawthornes heroic play propels Illini to victory, may just force him to stay on defense

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When Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier threw a pass from his own 23-yard line to receiver Roy Roundtree early in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the Wolverines led the Illini 13-7.

 

The first half was similar to others during the Illini’s 1-6 start to the season — the defense held the Wolverines to minimal damage, but the offense just couldn’t get much going. But as Roundtree bounced off of freshman safety Walt Aikens, it looked like the Illini defense was about to give up a big play, something that had become all too familiar in 2009.

 

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