EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 09: Members of the Illinois football team celebrates their victory following a college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and Illinois Fighting Illini on November 9, 2019 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI. (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Illinois football team made the biggest comeback in school history against Michigan State on Saturday.
The statement above is a fact. The Illini did something on Saturday that had never been done in the long history of the football program. To get to that big of a deficit, the team had to be playing bad to begin, though.
Illinois started the game off okay. We were only down 7-3 after the first couple of drives. But the defense started to get shredded and a turnover killed the Orange and Blue. Michigan State would take advantage of all the Illinois miscues. The Spartans would have a 28-3 lead less than five minutes into the second quarter.
Illinois wasn’t done fighting, though. After a huge interception, the Illini were able to put a touchdown on the board before halftime to only be down 28-10. The Spartans would tack on a field goal in the third quarter to go up 31-10. This was the only points of the third quarter too.
The fourth quarter is where everything went off the rails for the Spartans. Illinois scored right away with a big touchdown reception by Josh Imatorbhebhe. The Illini then capitalized on their next drive with another touchdown to bring the score to just 31-24. Two more turnovers by Michigan State and the score showed 31-30 in favor of the Spartans.
After a field goal by Michigan State, Illinois drove back down the field and scored a game-winning touchdown with just five seconds left. THE ILLINI ARE GOING TO A BOWL GAME!
Here are three observations from the Illini win over Michigan State.