Illinois Drops No. 18 Arizona State

(AP) Illinois sacked Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler six times and turned one into a touchdown in a 17-14 win over the No. 22 Sun Devils on Saturday night. With Illinois trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, defensive end Whitney Mercilus hit Osweiler in the back and knocked the ball loose to linebacker Ian Thomas. Four plays later, Nathan Scheelhaase hit A.J. Jenkins for a 16-yard touchdown that gave Illinois (3-0) the win. Scheelhaase was 11 of 15 for 135 yards. He threw one interception but also ran for 67 yards. Jenkins had six catches for 103 yards. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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FINAL: Illinois took the lead in the fourth quarter and hung on for a 17-14 victory over No. 18 Arizona State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. With 9:59 to go, Nathan Scheelhaase tossed a 16-yard touchdown to A.J. Jenkins to give Illinois (3-0) a 17-14 lead. A lone bright spot for Arizona State (2-1) was Brock Osweiler, who made enough good throws to finish with 258 passing yards. He was 26 for 46 on pass attempts and tossed one touchdown. Scheelhaase threw for 130 yards while going 10-16 for the Fighting Illini. He threw one touchdown and one interception. Scheelhaase also ran for 36 yards on 21 attempts. Scheelhaase had a trusted receiver in Jenkins. He caught six passes for 103 yards and one touchdown. Illinois racked up 232 total yards. Along with Scheelhaase’s stats in the passing game, the Fighting Illini also added 102 yards rushing on 44 attempts. The Sun Devils’ offense finished the game having gained 367 yards. In addition to Osweiler’s efforts through the air, Arizona State also rushed 33 times for 109 yards.

FOURTH QUARTER: Illinois landed a win over No. 18 Arizona State after securing a fourth quarter lead and hanging on, 17-14. With 9:59 to go, Nathan Scheelhaase threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jenkins to give the Fighting Illini the lead, 17-14. Illinois’ defense shut down the Sun Devils’ aerial attack in the quarter, holding Arizona State to 28 passing yards. Brock Osweiler’s 14-yard touchdown run put the Sun Devils on top 14-10 after capping a five-play, 45-yard drive. Arizona State started in good field position at the Fighting Illini’s 45-yard line thanks to the Sun Devils’ punt return. Scheelhaase’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Jenkins gave Illinois the lead for good, 17-14, after a four-play, 41-yard drive. The Fighting Illini recovered a fumble putting Illinois at the Arizona State 41-yard line to open the drive. The Fighting Illini’s Jenkins reached the 100-yard receiving mark for the game thanks to two catches for 25 yards in the quarter, and ended his day with 103 yards in all.

THIRD QUARTER: The third quarter was an ugly display, as Illinois and No. 18 Arizona State totaled no points and two turnovers between them and the margin is still three, as the Fighting Illini lead 10-7. The Sun Devils have possession on Illinois’ 14-yard line to start the fourth quarter.

SECOND QUARTER: The second quarter saw both teams score no points. The margin is still three, as Illinois leads 10-7. The Fighting Illini will start the second half with the ball.

FIRST QUARTER: Illinois got things going through the air in the first quarter, passing for 87 yards and the Fighting Illini lead 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Illinois started the scoring off when Jason Ford ran one yard to paydirt to cap off a five-play, 36-yard drive, which gave the Fighting Illini the lead,7-0. Illinois’ punt return set the Fighting Illini up at No. 18 Arizona State’s 36-yard line to start the drive. The Sun Devils got even after Brock Osweiler threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Gerell Robinson to end an 11-play, 80-yard drive that tied the score at seven. A nine-play, 71-yard drive by Illinois ended when Derek Dimke kicked a 21-yard field goal, breaking the tie and giving the Fighting Illini the lead, 10-7. Illinois had to settle for a field goal after failing to reach the endzone from Arizona State’s one-yard line. The Sun Devils will start the second quarter with possession on the Fighting Illini’s 42-yard line.

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Judy Miller on 9/17/2011 @ 8:13pm EST Said:

I’m an ASU under-and-law school grad and avid fan, watching the game (in Phx on my 55″ Sony HD w/Bose with friends) and want to compliment the commentators on their evenness and fairness in commentating this game. They are totally knowledgeable interesting and professional and fair to ASU. I’m so impressed. Thanks. However, GO DEVILS!!

junglebetty on 9/18/2011 @ 2:34pm EST Said:

Where is the replay of this game? Every week you replay games that were broadcast on your channel, yet I cannot find this great game replayed? There are multiple shows that are repeated several times during the week.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 9/18/2011 @ 2:44pm EST Said:

    You can find all programming questions here. Thanks. As for that game, it will be at 6 ET Thursday.