Following a Julian Hylton interception on Murray State’s opening drive, Wes Lunt quickly kicked things off with a 5-yard TD pass to Malik Turner.
Illinois’ momentum carried over into the second opposing possession, as Taylor Barton hauled in a second-straight interception to halt the Racers’ drive at the Illini 32-yard line. Wes Lunt, again, hooked up with Malik Turner on the ensuing play for an impressive 68-yard score.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn decided to get in on the action, too. The sophomore running back punched it into the endzone from about 2 yards out to give Illinois a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Kendrick Foster show began on Illinois’ next possession. The senior found a hole up the middle, and scorched the Murray State defense for a 56-yard TD run.
After a Murray State field goal (their only points of the day), Illinois had a last-minute opportunity prior to halftime. Kendrick Foster was the hero yet again! He quickly ran for his second 56-yard score of the afternoon, this time bouncing it out towards the sideline before turning upfield. Illinois took a 35-0 lead into the locker room.
During Illinois’ second possession of the third quarter, Wes Lunt connected with Desmond Cain on a 30-yard route to log his third passing TD of the day.
We’re getting towards the end of all the scoring, I promise. Illinois’ final touchdown of the afternoon occurred at the start of the fourth quarter when Reggie Corbin put the finishing touches on an 8-play, 75-yard drive.
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Finally, new place kicker Chase McLaughlin recorded the games last three points on a 48-yard field goal. It was his first career kick in the Orange and Blue, and it looked as if it would’ve been good from at least 55 yards out.
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