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Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) flips over Illinois defensive back Stanley Green (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) flips over Illinois defensive back Stanley Green (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Loren Tate, on the Illini beat for more than 53 years, weighs in on tonight’s comeback by Lovie Smith’s team:

If you thought Illinois’ 24-23 comeback vs. Wisconsin was a miracle, it must now accept second place behind the greatest comeback in UI football history.

It doesn’t matter that Illinois was outrushed 275-36. It doesn’t matter that Illinois’ pass defense returned to its customary porous nature. Illinois made BIG plays that will grow and grow with the retelling.

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