Illinois and Nebraska kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 29, in a Big Ten West game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Stay here for live updates, score and analysis.
The Fighting Illini are off to a 2-1 start but are coming off a disappointing 47-23 loss at South Florida. Lovie Smith and company will look to turn things around in their first Big Ten game.
Nebraska, on the other hand, is coming off a 27-17 win over Rutgers in the Huskers’ conference opener. The victory improve Mike Riley’s team to 2-2 on the season.
Illinois-Nebraska recap, score
It was another poor offensive performance for the Fighting Illini, who gained only 199 yards in a 21-6 loss. Quarterback Chayce Crouch accounted for only 99 yards passing on 15 attempts and needed 18 carries to gain 37 yards on the ground. He also threw an interception and took some key sacks. Meanwhile Illinois’ defense gave up 411 total yards, allowing Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee to complete 17 of 24 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. With the loss, the Illini fall to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
FINAL — Nebraska 21, Illinois 6
4Q 13:34 — Nebraska extends its lead with its first score of the second half. This one came on a 23-yard Tanner Lee touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan Jr., which puts the Cornhuskers up 28-6.
End third quarter — Nebraska 21, Illinois 6
3Q 5:01 — Illinois blew a golden opportunity to sneak back into this game. After a Nebraska fumble, the Fighting Illini took over at the Cornhuskers’ 32-yard line, but two sacks pushed them out of field goal range and forced them to punt.
3Q 7:49 — A 12-play drive for Illinois ends with another 25-yard field goal from Chase McLaughlin. Though the Illini have cut their deficit to 21-6, they really could have used a touchdown there.
HALFTIME — Nebraska 21, Illinois – 3.
2Q 0:05 — After a wild third-down conversion on a dramatic scramble, Illinois quarterback Chayce Crouch throws an interception to end the Illini’s hopes of a last-second score.
2Q 1:23 — And another score for the Cornhuskers. This drive was all about Tanner Lee, who completed four passes for 58 yars, including a 6-yard touchdown toss to Tyler Hoppes. The score is now 21-3 in favor of Nebraska.
2Q 10:38 — Nebraska responded quickly, with a quick eight-play scoring drive, culminating in a 15-yard touchdown rush by running back Devine Ozigbo. 14-0 Huskers.
2Q 14:57 — And Illinois is on the board. After a deliberate nine-minute, 15-play drive Chase McLaughlin drills a 25-yard field goal to make the score 7-3.
End first quarter — Nebraska 7, Illinois 0
1Q 8:57 — After Illinois punted to start this one off, Nebraska struck pay dirt first with an 8-play drive that ended with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Lee to De’Mornay Pierson-El. The score gives the Huskers a 7-0 lead.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 30, 2017
Illinois-Nebraska game time, information
Illinois and Nebraska are playing at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 29. The game will be broadcast on FS1.
Date: Friday, Sept. 29
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: FS1
Live stream: FoxSportsGo
Illinois and Nebraska will take the field at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. on Friday, with each Big Ten West team angling for a conference victory.
The Fighting Illini return home after a tough loss to South Florida on Sept. 15. After entering that game 2-0 on the season, the Fighting Illini were outplayed in Tampa, gaining 354 yards of total offense while allowing 680. Neither quarterbacks starred, with Chayce Crouch completing 8 of 18 passes for 76 yards with one interception and Jeff George Jr. going 12 of 22 with 211 yards and a touchdown but also two interceptions.
Illinois will look to recapture the form it flashed in a Week 2, when sturdy defense and 111 yards rushing from Mike Epstein lifted the Illini to a 20-7 win over Western Kentucky.
One storyline to watch Friday will be the quarterback position, where Crouch will get the start, even after George replaced him (and outplayed him) the last time Illinois was on the field.
“I haven’t heard anything other than I am the quarterback,” Crouch said, according to The News-Gazette. “That’s how it’s been. I haven’t heard of any controversy or anything like that. I’m still the starting quaterback and I’m acting like it and I have always done that.”
Illinois’ opponent Friday is heavily in flux. Nebraska fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst earlier this month amid a slow start to the season and looked sluggish in the first half against Rutgers last season. The Cornhuskers eventually pulled out a win over the Scarlet Knights, but with quarterback Tanner Lee struggling and the team only a few weeks removed from losses to Oregon and Northern Illinois.