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Illinois Defeats Northwestern 48-27 - Recap

Mikel LeShoure tore up the turf for 330 rushing yards on Saturday to lead the Fighting Illini to a 48-27 win over the Wildcats at Wrigley Field.

Illinois won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go OVER the closing number of 49.5.

Nathan Scheelhaase completed 6 of 13 pass attempts for 40 yards for the Fighting Illini in the win. He was picked off 1 time by the Wildcats defense.

Mike Trumpy rushed for 129 yards for Northwestern, while Adonis Smith added 20 yards. Evan Watkins threw for 135 yards for the Wildcats, while receivers Tony Jones and Sidney Stewart had 51 and 32 yards respectively.

Illinois outgained Northwestern 559-318 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 26-12 by the Fighting Illini.

Northwestern lost the time of possession battle 41:16/18:44, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Illinois looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against Fresno State. Northwestern will aim to get back on the winning track at Wisconsin.