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 best Lovie teams force turnovers, and capitalize on them.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 2, 2019
Nate Hobbs (@based_nvte) just scored @IlliniFootball's fourth defensive TD of 2019. #BTNStandout x @AutoOwnersIns pic.twitter.com/YPoy2iTAmY
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.