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Illinois steal season opener in overtime

Pierre Thomas Jr. ran in for a two-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Illinois Fighting Illini a 33-30 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday.

Illinois won this game as 2.5-point underdogs at home. The game’s combined score of 63 went OVER the posted total (53).

Tim Brasic passed for 238 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the win for Illinois.

E.B. Halsey, Jody Ellis and Kendrick Jones all had touchdown receptions for the Fighting Illini.

Brian Leonard rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown, while also making five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in the loss for Rutgers.