The Hoosiers finally got a Big Ten win under coach Kevin Wilson. While IU put up 31 points, it was the defense that really stepped up for IU in the second half.
IU finished the game with seven sacks and had two goal line defensive stands late in the game to keep Illinois from making it a close game.
Stephen Houston was impressive for the Hoosiers. The junior running back had 21 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 16 yards and another touchdown.
Cam Coffman was pulled early in the first half after an ill advised pass on third down that resulted in an interception. Freshman Nate Sudfeld relieved Coffman and had an efficient game. Sudfled completed 10-of-15 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
The story of the game was IU's defense in the second half. Illinois had multiple chances to get back into the game, but the Hoosiers forced third-and-longs and got timely sacks to kill the Illini's drives.
We'll have more on this game later in the week.
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