Saturday, September 22, 2007

After the punt...

The first quarter is over. Illinois leads 6-0.

There's not much to talk about as far as IU is concerned. The offense can't move the ball on the Illini side of the field. But the defense has forced two field goals after allowing two drives deep into their territory. Two big problems: IU averaged 2.7 yards per rush and Illinois averaged 6.1. That has to change.

West Virginia just went up 17-0 on ECU.

Illinois takes the ball at the 20 after the punt goes into the end zone. On first down, the hand-off goes for a gain of 2. Second and 8. Williams runs the option, makes the pitch and Illinois picks up the first down even though the runner dropped the ball.

First down. Again. The hand-off goes for 6 yards. On second down, it's another first down gain of 6.

My kingdom for a stop...

On first down, the Hoosiers make the stop for a yard. Second and 9. Williams throws in the flat and play goes for a first down. Illinois has crossed mid-field again. A quick snap and IU isn't ready. It's another first down. IU is flagged for illegal substitution, but the penalty is declined. The ball is at the 33.

The hand-off goes for another 8 yards to the 25. Second and short. Williams throws complete again and its another first down at the 21. Williams runs the option again and it goes inside the 10 to the 5 yard line. First and goal. They get it to the 2 on a hand-off. Williams throws to the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point is good. Illinois leads 13-0.

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