Illinois 26
Nebraska 9

Oct. 29, 2022 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE • ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th  T 
Illinois 6 14 3 3 26
Nebraska 3 6 0 0 9


First quarter
ILL: I. Williams 46 pass from T. DeVito (kick failed) 12:33
NEB: T. Bleekrode 26 field goal, 1:49
Second quarter
NEB: T. Vokolek 56 pass from C. Thompson (kick blocked) 9:38
ILL: C. Brown 1 run (C. Griffin kick) 6:03
ILL: Brown 12 pass from DeVito (Griffin kick) 0:23
Third quarter
ILL: Griffin 36 field goal, 3:29
Fourth quarter
ILL: Griffin 41 field goal, 11:12

                       ILL       NEB
FIRST DOWNS ........... 18         9
  RUSHING .............. 8         3
  PASSING .............. 9         5
  PENALTY .............. 1         1
RUSHES-NET YDS .... 48-188     25-60
NET YDS PASSING ...... 179       188
  COMP-ATT-INT ... 20-22-0   11-24-3
TOTAL OFFENSE ..... 70-367    49-248
FUMBLE-LOST .......... 1-1       1-1
PENALIZED-YDS ....... 8-72      3-30
PUNTS-AVERAGE ....... 6-44      6-48
PUNT RETURNS-YDS .... 1-24       0-0
K.O. RETURNS-YDS ..... 0-0      2-32
INTERCEPTIONS-YDS ... 3-47       0-0
POSSESSION TIME .... 38:13     21:47
THIRD-DOWN CONV. .... 7-15      2-12
FOURTH-DOWN CONV. .... 0-0       0-0
RED ZONE SCORES ...... 3-3       1-1
SACKS BY-YDS ........ 2-16      2-19

RUSHING
ILL: Brown 32-149, DeVito 6-37, Love 6-12, McCray 1-4, TEAM 2-minus-2, Williams 1-minus-12.

NEB: Grant 12-61, Thompson 2-10, Smothers 2-6, TEAM 1-minus-2, Yant 3-minus-4, Purdy 5-minus-11.

PASSING
ILL: DeVito 20-22-0 179.
NEB: Thompson 7-15-2 172, Purdy 3-8-1 15, Smothers 1-1-0 1.

RECEIVING
ILL: Williams 9-93, Reiman 2-39, Washington 2-16, Ford 1-15, Brown 3-13, Hightower 1-3, Love 1-3 Beatty 1-minus-3.

NEB: Vokolek 1-56, Brown 2-47, Brewington 2-45, Grant 3-27, Washington 1-8, Boerkircher 1-4, Palmer 1-1.

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Huskers take lead, then sputter after Thompson’s exit

A second-quarter play with Nebraska leading by 9-6 changed the complexion of the game. Husker quarterback Casey Thompson was injured while throwing an interception. Illinois cashed in with a touchdown, and the Huskers’ offense misfired from that point on. No. 17 Illinois pulled away for the 26-9 win in Lincoln.

Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito riddled the Nebraska defense, completing 20 of 22 passes. Running back Chase Brown rushed for 149 yards, and his twin brother Sydney picked off two Nebraska passes. Nebraska committed four turnovers to Illinois’ one and netted just 29 yards of offense after halftime.

It was the Illini’s third consecutive win in the series. Nebraska fell to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten

 

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Isaac Gifford sacks Illinois’ Tommy DeVito for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter. | Kenny Larabee, KLIN
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Travis Vokolek goes 56 yards for Nebraska's only touchdown.

Commentary

Stryker

To nobody’s surprise, the Illinois defensive line feasted on their counterparts from Nebraska, who finally, inevitably, allowed a game-changing injury to their quarterback.

All Huskers/HuskerMax
Christopherson

Now the question will be what Thompson’s status is and if the Huskers can avoid making the rest of this season feel like that fourth quarter did.

Brian Christopherson
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Callahan

Nothing felt in rhythm, from first-down play calling to finding NU’s top playmaker wide receiver Trey Palmer.

HuskerOnline
Shatel

You know what they say about interim coaches? There’s a reason there’s an interim coach. Things are not exactly perfect in the program.

Omaha World-Herald
Stukenholtz

The Illini have accelerated their turnaround by hiring the right guy who’s done it before.

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Vogel

You have to focus on the smallest details before the big goals are even possible.

Hail Varsity
Sipple

Whether it’s fair or not, Joseph’s candidacy just lost a ton of momentum.

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Just

If Thompson’s out for any extended amount of time? This is going to be a long four weeks.

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