CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — For a moment Saturday it looked like Illinois’ turnover drought might end. But linebacker Austin Teitsma (TIGHTS’-muh) dropped Youngstown State quarterback Dante Nania’s poorly thrown pass.
With its 28-17 victory Saturday, Illinois has gone more than two games now without forcing a turnover. The Illini had just 11 last season.
Coach Tim Beckman calls the lack of turnovers an Achilles heel for his defense.
The near interception in Illinois’ victory might have helped seal up the game much earlier than Illinois managed to and get a tired defense off the field.
But defensive coordinator Tim Banks says his players also missed a couple of chances to create fumbles.
The Illini (1-0) could use the help turnovers offer this weekend when Western Kentucky (1-0) brings its powerful passing attack to Champaign.