CHAMPAIGN, IL-With a packed stadium and a whole lot of alumni in attendance for Saturday's homecoming game against Minnesota, the last thing the Illinois football team wanted to do was mess things up and lose to the Golden Gohpers.
But heading to the locker room trailing 7-3 after mistake-filled and flat first half, the Orange and Blue look in jeopardy of in fact messing things up for the homecoming crowd and dropping one to the Golden Gophers-a game where the Illini were favored by double digits.
The Illini gave the Gophers great field position out of the gate, as Michael Cklamovski's opening kickoff went out of bounds. Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber then led the Gophers on a 6 play, 60-yard scoring drive capped by a 25-yard touchdown catch by his favorite target, Eric Decker.
The Illinois offense has moved the ball decently in the first half, but has struggled to get in the endzone, as its only points came toward the end of the second half on a Matt Eller 33-yard field goal.
Juice Williams is 10 of 13 through the air for 115 yards while being sacked three times. Six of those completions have had sophomore Arrelious Benn on the receiving end. Benn has 59 yards receiving after 30 minutes of play.
The Illini will get the ball to start the second half.
Alex Symonds is a J-student at the University or Illinois