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Fighting Illini Fall 25-23 Against Fresno State - Game Recap

Ryan Colburn sliced and diced the Fighting Illini defense for 304 yards as Fresno State handed Illinois a 25-23 defeat on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

Fresno State won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go UNDER the closing number of 59.5.

A.J. Ellis rushed for 44 yards, while Tracy Slocum added 10 yards in the win. Jamel Hamler and Jalen Saunders added 92 and 78 receiving yards respectively.

Mikel LeShoure rushed for 142 yards for Illinois, while Nathan Scheelhaase added 131 yards. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 61 yards for the Fighting Illini, while receivers A.J. Jenkins and Jarred Fayson had 75 and 6 yards respectively.

Fresno State was outgained by Illinois 399-364 yards in Friday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 22-18 by the Fighting Illini.

Fresno State lost the time of possession battle 30:42/29:18, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.