Despite one of the craziest weeks imaginable for a college football team, the Illini showed up in big fashion Saturday against Kent State.
The Illini blew out their opponent, winning 52-3 in Champaign.
Illinois dominated in every facet of the game. Four touchdowns in the first quarter set the tone, followed by another touchdown each quarter.
Quarterback Wes Lunt and a bevy of running backs were able to do just about anything they wanted. Lunt threw for four touchdowns before being replaced in the blowout.
While the offense was explosive, it was the defense that won the game for Illinois. The Illini defense forced four interceptions.
Just a week before the season was scheduled to start, Illini head coach Tim Beckman was fired amid a school investigation. Bill Cubit took over the team in Beckman’s place.
If the coaching change wasn’t enough, the game was originally scheduled for Friday night. Inclement weather in the area forced the game to be postponed until Saturday.
Illinois gets back on the field next week at home against Western Illinois.