Illinois holds off Iowa, 27-24 -

Illinois holds off Iowa, 27-24

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois sweated through a fourth-quarter comeback by Iowa Saturday, holding off the Hawkeyes 27-24.

The victory moved Illinois to within a game of bowl eligibility.

Illinois won on a 46-yard field goal by Matt Eller with 24 seconds left.

But the Illini (5-4, 3-3) relied on their defense, which sacked Hawkeye quarterback Ricky Stanzi six times, scoring a touchdown on one of them when defensive back Dere Hicks forced a fumble, scooped up the ball and ran it in for 24-9 third-quarter lead.

Stanzi, though, led the Hawkeyes on two fourth-quarter TD drives that tied the game at 24.

Iowa back Shonn Greene had 103 yards on 21 carries. He has at least 100 yards in every game this season.

The result left the Hawkeyes (5-4, 2-3) a win short of bowl eligibility, too.

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