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WATCH: Illini break game open with scoop and score

The Illini defense finally strikes, and it may put Rutgers away.

Brad Repplinger - The Champaign Room

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Just minutes removed from Dre Brown’s second touchdown of the game, the Illini defense provided the Lovie special: a takeaway.

When Johnny Langan scrambled out of the pocket, he was met with a powerful sack from Isaiah Gay. Gay forced the ball out of the hands of Langan, and it popped right into the hands of Nate Hobbs, who weaved all the way to the end zone for an Illini touchdown.

Here’s a look at Hobbs’ house call:

The Illini have excelled all year at forcing fumbles, and this one from Gay that was gobbled up by Hobbs may just be enough for the Illini to put away Rutgers on Dad’s weekend in Champaign.