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Dienhart: Big Ten Snap Reactions To Early Games

Jonathan Brown

Braxton Miller 33 Yard Run

With two Big Ten games under my belt from Thursday and Friday, I locked in on the four early Big Ten games Saturday. Here are my Snap Reactions, where I list the three things I learned from each game. What did you learn? Come tell me in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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Illinois shuts down Western Michigan, 24-7

Nathan Scheelhaase

Western Michigan at Illinois - Football Highlights

With quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase injured, Ashante Williams returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help Illinois and new coach Tim Beckman hang on for a 24-7 win Saturday over Western Michigan in the season opener for both teams. The Illini opened up a 17-0 lead but their offense stalled when Scheelhaase left the game with an ankle injury late in the third quarter.

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3rd Quarter Recap: Illinois 17, W. Michigan 7

In the third quarter, Alex Carder fought back for Western Michigan. He threw for 124 yards and one touchdown, but the Broncos have closed the gap to 17-7. Western Michigan closed the gap to 17-7 when Carder found Jaime Wilson open for an eight-yard touchdown pass to finish off a 57-yard drive. At first, Wilson appeared to fumble before scoring but the touchdown call on the field was confirmed.

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1st Quarter Recap: Illinois 10, W. Michigan 0

Seatbacks sit on bleachers at Memorial Stadium before the game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Western Michigan Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

Scheelhaase 64 Yard TD Pass

Illinois got things going through the air, passing for 80 yards in the quarter, and the Fighting Illini lead 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Illinois got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a four-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a score when Nathan Scheelhaase found Ryan Lankford open for a 64-yard touchdown pass.

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Did You See This? Big Ten NFL Preseason Highlights

The 2012 NFL season kicks off Wednesday night, which means it’s time to look back at some of the best plays Big Ten products made during the exhibition season. Watch all the highlights, via links to NFL.com, in this post. And with opening day just around the corner, teams are currently making final cuts. Unfortunately, the list includes several Big Ten names.

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