Game ball: The Illinois offensive line deserves a collective game ball for powering a rushing attack that went for 285 yards and four touchdowns. Mike Epstein and Chase Brown each had at least 110 yards rushing, and the Illini got whatever they needed on the ground from the first possession on.
Game ball: Linebacker Jake Hansen. He’s the center of Illinois’ defense, and on Saturday he had seven tackles (2½ for loss), a fumble recovery and an interception. Two years in a row, Hansen and the Illini defense have laid the wood to Nebraska. This year it was enough to get a win.
Hat tip: Nebraska sophomore receiver Wan’Dale Robinson never stops playing hard. He ran seven times for 60 yards and caught six passes for 60. His final catch, a 31-yarder over the middle in the fourth quarter, came in traffic and resulted in him getting crunched and walking off slowly. He’s a fighter.
Deep connection: Not really. The longest completion of the day was Robinson’s 31-yarder. Longest play of the day? Epstein ripped off a 58-yard run.
5: Turnovers for Nebraska. Can’t be said enough. You simply cannot win with numbers like that.
17: Points off turnovers for Illinois. That number could have been worse, but it was still more than enough to make a big difference.
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