Scores

Final

Iowa 24

(5-4, 2-3 Big Ten)

Illinois 27

(5-4, 3-3 Big Ten)

Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL), Champaign, IL

1 2 3 4 T
IOWA 0 6 3 1524
ILL 7 3 7 1027

Top Performers

Passing: J. Williams (ILL) - 272 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: S. Greene (IOWA) - 21 CAR, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Brodell (IOWA) - 3 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Illinois withstands Iowa's fourth-quarter comeback

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Matt Eller kicked a 46-yard field goal with 24 seconds left and Illinois withstood Iowa's fourth-quarter comeback for a 27-24 victory Saturday.

On a day when quarterback Juice Williams was erratic and the Illini running game was nearly invisible, the Illinois (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) relied on its defense for the first three quarters.

Illinois sacked Ricky Stanzi six times, scoring a touchdown on one of them when defensive back Dere Hicks forced a fumble, scooped up the ball and ran in for 24-9 lead in the third quarter.

Stanzi, though, led the Hawkeyes (5-4, 2-3) on two fourth-quarter TD drives that tied the game at 24.

Iowa star Shonn Greene, who was quiet until the fourth quarter, scored on a 5-yard run with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter and Stanzi found tight end Allen Reisner for a 2-point conversion to tie it at 24.

Williams finally got untracked, completing passes to five different receivers to set up Eller's field goal.

The freshman kicker split the uprights, injecting life back into a Memorial Stadium crowd that had been watching the game slip away.

Greene had 103 yards on 21 carries, giving him at least 100 yards in every game this season.

But the 23-year-old junior, who now has 1,257 yards rushing and 11 TDs, was frustrated by the Illini defense for the first three quarters.

Both teams are a win away from bowl eligibility.

Iowa's early chances were instead created by field position.

The Hawkeyes started three second-quarter drives at its 45-yard line or better, but turned them into a pair of field goal tries by Trent Mossbrucker -- one of them good -- and an interception.

The best opportunity, a drive that started at the Illinois 22 after an interception by Amari Spievey, ended with a disappointing three points and left Iowa trailing 7-6. Illinois linebacker Rodney Pittman and safety Donsay Hardeman buried Greene at the 2 on third-and-goal.

Stanzi was 11-for-30 for 191 yards with two interceptions.

Williams completed 22 of 37 passes for 272 yards, including a 50-yard strike to Fred Sykes. Williams carried 12 times for 30 yards and Illinois finished with just 56 yards rushing.

Daniel Dufrene, the Illini's leading rusher coming into the game with 593 yards, did not play. Zook said the junior from Florida wasn't with the team much during the week due to unspecified personal reasons.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IOWA
ILL
1st Downs2114
Total Yards329332
Passing191272
Rushing13860
Penalties3-194-35
3rd Down Conversions3-147-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers33
Possession34:0125:59

Passing Leaders

IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stanzi11/291916.612
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams22/372727.412

Rushing Leaders

IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Greene211034.9115
Hampton7284.008
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams12302.506
Benn2157.509

Receiving Leaders

IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brodell38127.0130
Reisner33612.0016
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Benn79613.7024
Sykes15050.0150

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIOWAILL
TD05:07Jason Ford 1 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERIOWAILL
FG13:22Trent Mossbrucker 26 Yd 37
FG04:43Trent Mossbrucker 19 Yd 67
FG00:34Matt Eller 41 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERIOWAILL
FG06:24Trent Mossbrucker 27 Yd 910
TD05:32Fred Sykes 50 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Matt Eller Kick) 917
FOURTH QUARTERIOWAILL
TD13:56Dere Hicks 7 Yd Fumble Return (Matt Eller Kick) 924
TD11:42Andy Brodell 29 Yd Pass From Richard Stanzi (Trent Mossbrucker Kick) 1624
TD02:46Shonn Greene 5 Yd Run (Richard Stanzi Pass To Allen Reisner For Two-Point Conversion) 2424
FG00:24Matt Eller 46 Yd 2427