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Northwestern Defeats Illinois 37-34 - Recap

Northwestern Defeats Illinois 37-34 - Recap

Trevor Siemian sliced and diced the Fighting Illini defense for 414 yards as Northwestern handed Illinois a 37-34 defeat on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Wildcats earned a straight-up victory but suffered an ATS defeat in failing to cover the 3.5-point spread. Over-Under bettors who played OVER the total of 59.5 were rewarded with a winning wager.

Treyvon Green rushed for 69 yards, while Mike Trumpy added 41 yards in the win. Christian Jones and Rashad Lawrence added 182 and 112 receiving yards respectively.

Josh Ferguson rushed for 110 yards for Illinois, while Nathan Scheelhaase added 55 yards. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 307 yards for the Fighting Illini, while receivers Steve Hull and Miles Osei had 155 and 93 yards respectively.

Illinois was outgained by Northwestern 560-492 yards in Saturday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 31-29 by the Wildcats.

Northwestern led the time of possession tally, as the game finished as a 36:23/23:37 split in that important category.