Ohio State 52, UI 22: Just the facts
A quick take on Saturday's loss at Ohio State
Play of the game: Trailing 10-6 early in the second quarter, Illinois punter Justin DuVernois, with a chance to pin the Buckeyes deep, connected on a 22-yard kick that set Ohio State up at its own 36. Ohio State scored five plays later and was well on the way to 10-0.
Numbers game: 220
The game was decided in the second quarter when the Buckeyes picked up 220 of their 567 yards of offense and outscored Illinois 24-0 en route to a 31-6 halftime lead.
What it means: It’s official. Illinois’ streak of consecutive bowl appearances has ended at two. The sixth consecutive loss was the seventh of the season, assuring that the Illini won’t reach the requisite six wins.
What’s next: Illinois is playing for pride. The first opportunity comes Saturday at home against Minnesota. The Gophers (5-4) still have a chance to become bowl eligible despite Saturday’s 35-13 loss at the hands of Michigan and backup quarterback Devin Gardner.