PLAYER OF THE GAME
Keith Price, Washington
The senior quarterback controlled the game, completing 80 percent of his passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns and made clutch throws in critical third-down situations.
After his torrid start two games into the season, Nathan Scheelhaase struggled, missing on a few throws. The offensive line struggled, too, allowing four sacks.
The unit kept the Illini in the game in the first half, but ended up allowing more than 600 yards of offense, something that never happened in the disaster that was the 2012 season.
The kick return game was solid for the Illini and Justin DuVernois averaged better than 45 yards per punt. Taylor Zalewski has to become more reliable as the place kicker.
Not a bad showing for a young team and the thing that stands out most is the compete level Tim Beckman’s squad showed when it got down by three scores in the second half. If some tweaks are made, Illinois could pull a couple of surprises.