For all of the controversy surrounding the University of Illinois football team to start the season, the players haven’t been fazed.
For the second week in a row, the Illini won in blowout fashion. Saturday, they beat Western Illinois 44-0.
#Illini 96, opponents 3. That's the two game total after a 44-0 win today against Western Illinois.— Shannon Ryan (@SRyanAthletic) September 12, 2015
From the very start of the game, Illinois was in charge. Quarterback Wes Lunt killed the Leathernecks through the air.
Lunt finished with 353-yards and a touchdown. His backup, Chayce Crouch, threw a touchdown as well.
Just as it was in their first game against Kent State, the Illinois defense was dominant. Western Illinois had less than 150 total yards. A pair of Western Illinois quarterbacks could only muster 43-yards and a pair of interceptions.
Taylor Barton comes up with his 2nd pick of the day for @IlliniFootball to kill the Western Illinois drive. http://t.co/kZYfVJwDwU — Illinois on BTN (@IllinoisOnBTN) September 12, 2015
Outside of a Sept. 26 game against Middle Tennessee State, the Illini will have a big jump up in quality of opponent.
Next week, Illinois goes on the road for the first time this season against North Carolina.