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Illinois destroyed by Tar Heels, looks to rebound this week vs. Mid Tennessee

After a 2-0 start, the Illinois streak ended when they visited Chapel Hill this past Saturday.

Starting Carolina QB Marquise Williams.

Starting Carolina QB Marquise Williams.

After two blowout wins, the Fighting Illini didn’t have enough fight in them.  The Tar Heels, led by senior QB Marquise Williams, threw three touchdown passes and also ran for 105 yards to help UNC beat Illinois 48-14 on Saturday.  “It wasn’t just offense,” Williams said of the high-scoring unit. “All three: offense, defense and special teams. To win football games, we need that every game.”

This game marked The Tar Heels most lopsided win against a power-conference opponent in five years.

Illinois couldn’t get much going all day vs. a stingy North Carolina defense.  While Ferguson had a 52-yard run in his big day, Illinois’ offense sputtered. Wes Lunt had thrown five TD passes in the first two games and was coming off a 316-yard passing day against Western Illinois, but finished with 140 yards passing with an interception.

illinois-logoIllinois was not totally out of it by halftime.  Going into the locker room, UNC only led 20-7.  It was what happened after that put the game away.  The Tar Heels scored 28 straight points in the second half.

Illinois just could not get it going on Saturday.   It was really exciting to see Illinois come out and play loose but it didn’t happen.  The Tar Heels are a good football team but Illinois is as well.  There is plenty of talent on this 2-1 team it just didn’t show Saturday.

The Illini will be at home this week as they take on Middle Tennessee. Mid Tennessee is 2-1 with both victories consisting of 70 or more points of offense.  It will be a battle of the offenses at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 26 at 3 p.m. CT.



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