Late touchdown, blocked FG help save Illinois & win 24-21

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!

Offensive Leaders:

Passing, Chayce Crouch: 10-for-19, 145 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing, Mike Epstein: 11 carries, 54 yards, 4.9 AVG, 2 TD

Receiving, Malik Turner: 4 receptions, 48 yards, Mike Dudek: 2 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD

Defensive Leaders:

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

Video Highlights:

http://fightingillini.com/news/2017/9/3/watch-highlights-from-footballs-season-opening-win.aspx

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Lucas Babcock is the Executive Editor and managing partner for SportZreport.com. He has been with the SportZreport.com Team since April 2015. Email questions/concerns/comments to Lucas@SportZreport.com

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