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Western Michigan vs Illinois Recap - Fighting Illini Win 23-20

Western Michigan vs Illinois Recap - Fighting Illini Win 23-20

Troy Pollard ran for 133 yards as Illinois handled Western Michigan by a score of 23-20 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Illinois won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 14-point spread. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 51.5.

Nathan Scheelhaase completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 133 yards for the Fighting Illini in the win. He was picked off 1 time by the Broncos defense.

Brian Fields rushed for 18 yards for Western Michigan, while Tevin Drake added 18 yards. Alex Carder threw for 306 yards for the Broncos, while receivers Jordan White and Chleb Ravenell had 132 and 72 yards respectively.

Western Michigan was outgained by Illinois 463-341 yards in Saturday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 21-17 by the Fighting Illini.

The time of possession battle favored Illinois as their offense was on the field for 35:21, longer than the 24:39 of their opponents.

Illinois looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against Northwestern. Western Michigan will aim to get back on the winning track at Connecticut.