NCAA Game Summary - Illinois at Western Michigan|
(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: Western Michigan 23, Illinois 17
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Tim Hiller threw for 301 yards and two
touchdowns to lead the Western Michigan Broncos to a 23-17 win over the
Illinois Fighting Illini in a non-conference matchup at Ford Field.
Jamarko Simmons also had a big day in the passing game for WMU (8-2), catching
11 passes for 174 yards. Simmons now has a school-record 240 career
receptions, as he became the first player in program history to catch at least
80 passes in consecutive seasons.
Illinois (5-5) quarterback Juice Williams threw for 328 yards, one touchdown
and two interceptions, while also leading the team with 68 yards on the
ground. Arrelious Benn finished with 111 yards on seven receptions.
The Broncos drove 56 yards in 10 plays on their opening drive, which ended
with a 31-yard field goal from John Potter.
Later in the first quarter, Illinois took the lead on a one-yard run by Jason
WMU answered with a 12-play, 70-yard drive, but once again could only get
three points on a 22-yard field goal by Potter.
Soon after, Hiller and the Broncos offense went to work. Hiller connected with
Robert Arnheim for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 9:06 remaining in the second
With 4:27 to play in the opening half, Hiller found Simmons for a 15-yard
scoring strike to put the Broncos ahead, 20-7.
Illinois narrowed the gap to 20-10 on a 20-yard field goal by Matt Eller at
the 4:08 mark of the third quarter.
But Potter answered with a 45-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter
to push the Broncos' lead to 23-10.
Illinois made it a six-point game with 12:30 to play, when Williams connected
with Jeff Cumberland for a five-yard touchdown pass.
Pinned at their own one-yard line with 1:57 to play, the Fighting Illini made
things interesting when Williams connected with A.J. Jenkins for a 54-yard
completion down the sideline. But the Broncos forced four straight
incompletions to seal the win.
The win was the Broncos' first-ever against Illinois.
11/08 17:37:39 ET