Illinois off to best start since 2015

Illinois off to best start since 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Chase Brown became the first running back from Illinois to rush for 100 yards in five straight games, Tommy DeVito passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns and the Fighting Illini beat Chattanooga 31-0 on Thursday night.

Illinois improved to 3-1 and got off to its best start since 2015.

Brown capped a 64-yard scoring drive in five games with a 9-yard touchdown run after the defense forced Chattanooga (3-1) to go 3-and-out on their first drive.

He finished with 108 rushing yards on 20 carries and currently leads all FBS running backs with 604 yards in four games.

The Mocs got closer early in the second quarter when they got to the Illinois 16-yard line. Jartavius ​​Martin intercepted a pass from Preston Hutchinson in the end zone to end the Mocs threat.

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The Illini posted their first shutout since a 2015 victory over Western Illinois.

Chattanooga was just 4-for-14 on third downs and gained 142 total yards. Illinois had 502 yards of offense.

Hutchinson was sacked four times and completed just 6 of 18 passes for 49 yards with two interceptions.

Illinois nearly quadrupled Chattanooga’s total length in the first half, 332 yards for 84 yards, and led 24-0 at halftime.

Thursday night marked the first time in Illinois football history that two receivers rushed for more than 100 yards and one running back rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game. Pat Bryant caught six passes for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Isaiah Williams caught nine passes for 103 yards and a score.

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Williams’ 63-yard touchdown on a screen pass made it 31-0 with 4:56 left in the third.

DeVito became the first Illinois quarterback to rush for 300 yards in a game since Brandon Peters threw for 369 yards at Michigan State in 2019.

Ailym Ford had carries of 39 and 32 yards for the Mocs’ biggest gains of the night. He finished with 93 yards on 17 carries.

Andrew Southard missed a 43-yard field goal attempt early in the third quarter after Ford’s 32-yard run carried the Mocs into Illini territory.

Caleb Griffin kicked a 34-yard field goal to give Illinois a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

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