Illinois took the game’s first lead after Nathan Scheelhaase and Ryan Lankford combined for an 18-yard touchdown on the last play of a two-play, 18-yard drive. The Fighting Illini began the drive with good field position after Illinois recovered a fumble.
The Bulldogs tied the score at 7-7 after Colby Cameron found D.J. Banks open for a 27-yard touchdown pass to put a bow on an eight-play, 74-yard drive. Pass plays were an afterthought for Louisiana Tech, as the Bulldogs threw just one pass on that possession.
King pounded in a nine-yard touchdown run to break the 7-7 tie in favor of Louisiana Tech. The play polished off a three-play, 45-yard scoring drive. The Bulldogs used Cameron’s 40-yard pass to Quinton Patton to fuel the drive. Louisiana Tech started in good field position when Solomon Randle intercepted a Scheelhaase pass.
The Bulldogs added to their advantage when Kenneth Dixon turned a handoff into a five-yard touchdown, the last of a three-play, 24-yard drive to give Louisiana Tech the lead, 21-7. The Bulldogs began the drive with good field position after Louisiana Tech recovered a fumble.
The Fighting Illini will start the second quarter with the ball on their own 38-yard line.
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