NCAAF Game Recap - Eastern Michigan at Illinois
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Eastern Michigan (2-1)

14

9

0

11

34

Illinois (2-1)

17

0

0

14

31

Last-second field goal lifts EMU over Illinois 34-31
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:32 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton clearly enjoyed the postgame media gathering following his team's impressive last-second 34-31 road win over Illinois on Saturday.

"I love this team," he said, smiling. "I mean, wow. What a great bunch of guys."

Creighton had good reason to be joyous. Chad Ryland booted a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles their third win over a Big Ten team, following victories against Rutgers in 2017 and Purdue in 2018.

Mike Glass was 23 of 36 for 316 yards and three touchdowns to lead EMU (2-1). Jarius Grissom rushed three times for 52 yards, while Willie Parker had 23 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.

"Awesome, awesome day for our program," Creighton said. "Our defense played well. We knew we weren't going to shut them out, because they are really good, but we did what we needed to. Our guys just executed."

Brandon Peterson was 22 of 37 for 297 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception for Illinois (2-1). Reggie Corbin, who sat out the last game with a hip pointer, carried the ball 18 times for 144 yards for the Illini.

"A lot of people need to do a better job, including me," said Illinois coach Lovie Smith. "We didn't play our best today, but we have a lot to build on. We're a 2-1 football team, so we've done some good things.

Next week (against conference foe Nebraska) will be a better indicator of where we are."

GOOD START

In a first-half shoot-out, both teams showed plenty of offense and periods of ineffective defense. The Eagles rushed for 93 yards and Glass was 11 of 20 for 183 yards and three touchdowns, while Illinois rushed for 76 yards and Peters went 13 of 17 for 164 yards and one TD.

"One positive? We were down by 14 points at one point and still managed to get ourselves into a position to win the game," Smith said. "We have to maintain a sense of consistency, in both halves, whether it's running, passing or on defense."

TOUGH END

Illinois was still in the hunt with less than three minutes left after tying the game at 31 on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Peters to Josh Imatorbhebhe.

But Glass, who looked calm and collected all day, methodically put his team in a position to win with a 23-yard pass to Dylan Drummond followed by a 13-yard run by Breck Turner. Ryland then trotted onto the field with one second left for the game winner.

THE BATTLE UP FRONT

"They beat us up front," Smith said of his Illini. "It's a one-on-one battle out there, and the losing team doesn't win that battle. That was us today."

Creighton credited hard work and preparation for his team's win. "We definitely had a better week of practice this week," he said. "We prepared hard. Our team believes, and that's deep and very powerful when it comes to a game like this."

THE TAKEAWAY

EMU: Good win for Creighton's team, which came in as the underdog and which has a habit of upsetting Power Five teams (Rutgers and Purdue in the past two seasons).

Illinois: Ugly loss for the Illini. The offense played essentially half a game, and the defense was suspect all afternoon. Smith took over as defensive coordinator after Hardy Nickerson left last October, and has said it would be his number-one priority. But there remains considerable work to be done before conference play begins next week in a prime-time game against Nebraska.

UP NEXT

EMU: Hosts Central Connecticut State next Saturday.

Illinois: Hosts Nebraska next Saturday to begin Big Ten play.

Passing

E Mi Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Glass III 36 23 63.9 3 316 54 0 119.7
Ill Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Peters 37 22 59.5 2 297 52 1 91.8

Rushing

E Mi Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Grissom 3 52 17.3 47 0
M. Glass III 10 37 3.7 18 0
Ill Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Corbin 18 144 8.0 35 1
D. Brown 7 46 6.6 12 0

Receiving

E Mi Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Jackson III 3 80 26.7 31 2
B. Cannon 4 60 15.0 24 0
Ill Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Corbin 1 0 0.0 0 0
J. Imatorbhebhe 4 91 22.8 36 1

Fumbles

Ill F FL
B. Peters 2 1

Returning

E Mi KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Drummond 0 - 0 0 4 8.0 0 14
Ill KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Sidney 0 - 0 0 1 6.0 0 6

Punting

E Mi Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Julien 8 295 36.9 44
Ill Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Hayes 7 338 48.3 55

Takeaways

E Mi Int Yds InTD
K. Hernandez 1 0 0
B. Hoying 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

E Mi Ill
Points For 34 31
Total Yards 480 464
Rushing Yards 164 167
Passing Yards 316 297
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/36 22/37
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 2/1
First Downs 23 24
Penalties - Yards 2/20 9/80
Time Of Possession 47:47 13:13
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/13 7/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 8/37 7/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter E Mi Ill
Ill 5:42 FG James McCourt 57 yd FG 0 3
E Mi 6:58 TD Arthur Jackson III 26 yd pass from Mike Glass III (Chad Ryland kick) 7 3
Ill 8:08 TD Ricky Smalling 14 yd pass from Brandon Peters (James McCourt kick) 7 10
E Mi 11:05 TD Mathew Sexton 54 yd pass from Mike Glass III (Chad Ryland kick) 14 10
Ill 13:18 TD Ra'Von Bonner 4 yd run (James McCourt kick) 14 17
2nd Quarter E Mi Ill
E Mi 6:32 TD Arthur Jackson III 31 yd pass from Mike Glass III (missed kick) 20 17
E Mi 10:17 FG Chad Ryland 52 yd FG 23 17
3rd Quarter E Mi Ill
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter E Mi Ill
E Mi 3:40 TD Willie Parker 4 yd run (Mathew Sexton 2pt pass from Mike Glass III) 31 17
Ill 7:14 TD Reggie Corbin 28 yd run (James McCourt kick) 31 24
Ill 13:16 TD Josh Imatorbhebhe 36 yd pass from Brandon Peters (James McCourt kick) 31 31
E Mi 15:00 FG Chad Ryland 24 yd FG 34 31

Game Information

Stadium: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
Attendance: 34,759
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