Illinois head coach Ron Zook stressed two main objectives heading into the season opener against Missouri - limit turnovers and limit big plays on defense.
But critical turnovers and big plays by the Missouri offense resulted in a 37-9 loss to Missouri on Saturday. The Illini failed to heed the words of their coach, dropping their fifth straight game to the Tigers.
"Obviously, we have some work to do," Zook said. "They know they aren't as good as they think they are."
Quarterback Juice Williams threw an interception in the second quarter that led to a Missouri field goal and later was tripped by his own offensive linemen on fourth-and-one on the Tigers' 20-yard line. Wide receiver Jeff Cumberland ended the team's first offensive drive in the second half with a fumble on the Missouri 41-yard line.
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