NCAAF Game Recap - Northwestern at Illinois
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:00 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Nov 30, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Northwestern (3-9)

3

7

7

12

29

Illinois (6-6)

0

7

3

0

10

Northwestern upsets rival Illinois 29-10
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:04 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The conditions Saturday at Memorial Stadium were a depressing combination of rain, wind and flop sweat. The home crowd was leaving wet and unhappy after witnessing rival Northwestern upset the bowl-bound Illini 29-10.

But one thing remained constant. Illinois coach Lovie Smith was his usual stoic, almost upbeat self afterwards

"So, today wasn't our best," Smith said, smiling serenely. "Disappointment is not a strong enough word for today. But hey, we're going bowling."

Not so for Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, whose team finishes the season in the Big Ten West cellar.

"We take this rivalry very seriously," Fitzgerald said. "We have a lot to be grateful for, especially for our seniors. That was five straight (wins) against our in-state rivals."

Sophomore Andrew Marty, who came into camp last summer fourth on the depth chart, ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns while passing for another.

It was the first Big Ten win this season for Northwestern (3-9, 1-8). Illinois - 21-point favorites going into the game - finished the regular season 6-6 and 4-5 in the conference. Illinois is bowl-bound despite the loss and will learn its destination on Dec. 8.

Marty made his first career start for the Wildcats after replacing Hunter Johnson during last week's game. Marty was the first Northwestern quarterback since Clayton Thorason in 2015 to gain at least 100 yards rushing in a game.

"I saw a leader," said Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. "I saw a guy that was tough and physical. We're seeing some of our younger players really come into their own."

Smith, while not pleased with his team's performance, heaped praise on Fitzgerald and the Wildcats.

"I have to give Pat Fitzgerald a lot of credit," Smith said. "They dominated us all day, in every way. Not a lot of good things were happening for us out there today."

Northwestern put up 433 yards in total offense compared with only 160 for Illinois. Northwestern also dominated time of possession, 41:48 to 18:12.

WHATEVER HAPPENS

Perhaps the biggest surprise for Northwestern was true freshman and former cornerback Coco Azema, who led the way on the ground for the Wildcats with 123 rushing yards and two scores on just seven carries.

"I originally played running back my whole life," Azema said. "If I could help the team, go ahead and do it. Whatever happens, happens."

While not committing to a future in the backfield for Azema, Fitzgerald was clear the freshman will be a part of the plan. "We'll find a place to put him on the field."

ABYSMAL

Illinois quarterback Matt Robinson, a sophomore starting in place of Brandon Peters (out with a concussion) was 8-of-17 passing for 108 yards.

"The quarterback situation really hurt them," Fitzgerald said. "But we're on, what? Number four? I have little or no sympathy for (Illinois)."

Illinois' running game, generally its offensive strength, was nonexistent on a cold, rainy and windy afternoon. Leading rusher Reggie Corbin carried the ball 7 times for minus-ten yards. Dre Brown carried 5 times for 17 yards and the Illini's only touchdown.

Illinois had an abysmal first half and was lucky to only trail 10-7. Robinson was ineffective, going 1-of-5 passing for 29 yards, while Marty was 4 of 8 for 18 yards at the half. The Wildcats outgained the Illini 180 total yards to 30. Northwestern racked up 162 yards on the ground compared with Illinois' 1.

THEY SAID IT

"This was an incredible physical display of how you should play Big Ten football," said Fitzgerald.

"Hey, the big picture here is we are going bowling," Smith said. "And we get another chance to make things right."

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: Played solely for pride - and its first conference win. The game also was perhaps a sign of better things to come with Marty at quarterback next season.

Illinois: Had little to gain, and played like it, offering up its worst overall game of the season.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Finished for the season.

Illinois: Will learn its bowl destination on Dec. 8.

Passing

NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Marty 10 6 60.0 1 55 34 1 68.8
Ill Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Robinson 17 8 47.1 0 108 29 0 67.8
I. Williams 6 3 50.0 0 38 25 1 30.6

Rushing

NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Marty 30 111 3.7 12 2
D. Anderson 23 87 3.8 12 0
Ill Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Brown 5 17 3.4 6 1
I. Williams 3 15 5.0 5 0

Receiving

NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Lees 5 47 9.4 34 1
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 1 8 8.0 8 0
Ill Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Reams 5 57 11.4 29 0
C. Washington 4 55 13.8 20 0

Fumbles

NW F FL
D. Anderson 1 0

Returning

NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 2 10.5 0 15 1 21.0 0 21
B. Holman 0 - 0 0 2 8.5 0 13
Ill KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Brown 3 24.0 0 31 0 - 0 0
A. McEachern 1 10.0 0 10 0 - 0 0

Punting

NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. David 1 55 55.0 55
Ill Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Hayes 4 197 49.3 61

Takeaways

NW Int Yds InTD
A. Hampton 1 0 0
Ill Int Yds InTD
N. Hobbs 1 29 0

Team Stats Comparison

NW Ill
Points For 29 10
Total Yards 433 160
Rushing Yards 378 14
Passing Yards 55 146
Passing Completions / Attempts 6/10 11/23
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/1
First Downs 22 9
Penalties - Yards 3/23 5/40
Time Of Possession 48:48 12:12
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/16 4/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 4/6 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 1/55 4/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NW Ill
NW 11:55 FG Charlie Kuhbander 33 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter NW Ill
Ill 1:16 TD Dre Brown 6 yd run (James McCourt kick) 3 7
NW 9:40 TD Andrew Marty 12 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 10 7
3rd Quarter NW Ill
NW 6:57 TD Riley Lees 34 yd pass from Andrew Marty (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 17 7
Ill 12:30 FG James McCourt 50 yd FG 17 10
4th Quarter NW Ill
NW 1:32 TD Andrew Marty 1 yd run (missed kick) 23 10
NW 13:51 TD Coco Azema 24 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 29 10

Game Information

Stadium: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
Attendance: 35,895
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