CHAMPAIGN, IL. — Illinois looked for a fresh start for the 2017 season after a depressing 3-9 campaign last year. They got things off on the right track with a come-from-behind victory to open the season!
A touchdown rush by Mike Epstein with 2:06 remaining led to a late 3-point lead over Ball State. That lead was put at risk when Cardinals kicker Morgan Hagee attempted a 54-yard field goal to tie the game but it was blocked by Jamal Milan to save the game!
Passing, Chayce Crouch: 10-for-19, 145 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing, Mike Epstein: 11 carries, 54 yards, 4.9 AVG, 2 TD
LB Del’Shawn Phillips: 16 total tackles, 7 solo tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 TFL
LB Tre Watson: 12 total tackles, 4 solo tackles, Interception
DL Bobby Roundtree: 5 total tackles, 3 solo tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 TFL
Illinois Scoring Plays:
1st Q: Mike Dudek 16 Yd pass from Chayce Crouch (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) Ill 6, Ball 0
2nd Q: Mike Epstein 6 Yd Run (Chase McLaughlin Kick) Ill 13, Ball 7
2nd Q: Chase McLaughlin 40 Yd Field Goal Ill 16, Ball 7
4th Q: Mike Epstein 1 Yd Run (Chayce Crouch Run for Two-Point Conversion) Ill 24, Ball 21