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Tarique Barnes’s scoop and score puts Illinois on the board for the first time in 2020

Barnes stepped in for Hansen who went out with an injury in the first quarter.

NCAA Football: Illinois at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since Reggie Corbin’s 6-yard touchdown run against Cal last season in the Redbox Bowl, an Illini has found the endzone. And the first touchdown of the 2020-21 season goes to... Tarique Barnes!

Barnes forced the fumble on Wisconsin’s Jake Ferguson, recovered and returned for 39-yards. The sophomore stepped in for Jake Hansen, who left earlier in the game.

The Illini trail Wisconsin 28-7 with 30 seconds remaining in the half.