John Ross opened the game with a 55 yard kickoff return to put the Dawgs in business and the Husky offense started off the game by marching down the field methodically, picking up yards on the ground and through the air as Jesse Callier scored on a 3 yard run. Cyler Miles converted a 3rd and 7 on a crossing route to Jaydon Mickens, and later avoided a sack and turned it into a 9 yard gain in the red zone, which likely turned 3 points into 7. Lavon Coleman converted a 4th and 2 by picking up about two yards and a an inch to keep the Huskies in business. Cyler Miles was a perfect 4/4 on the drive, but for just 12 yards.
The Husky defense was up to their old tricks, allowing the Illini to march down the field primarily through the air but also picking up some chunks and a 4th down on the ground. They did, however, tighten up as the Illini closed in on the goal line and forced Wed Lunt into some incompletions. A field goal was the ulitmate end of the drive, which if you saw last week, you'll take it. 7-3 UW.
The next Husky drive was fun. A 1 play, 75 yard TD pass to John Ross.
Illinois started their next drive with a holding penalty, and a couple plays later Shaq Thompson was waltzing into the endzone after a third down interception to give UW a 21-3 lead. It was the first interception on the year for UW's defense.
UW's defense looked like it did a 180, with a three and out on the next drive, which ended on a Hau'oli Kikaha sack.
We saw a trick play on the next UW drive, with Kendyl Taylor throwing a reverse pass to Jaydon Mickens, and the Huskies were poised to score again.