Illini Drop Tough 19-17 Loss To Michigan


Published on November 21 2022 6:24 am
Last Updated on November 21 2022 6:24 am

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Illinois fell just short to No. 3 Michigan on the road at Michigan Stadium, 19-17, on Saturday afternoon. A last-minute Wolverine field goal proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Chase Brown recorded 140 rushing yards and two touchdown carries, eclipsing over 100 yards on the ground for a program-record 10th time this season and a joint-program-best 16th time in his career.

Casey Washington reeled in a team-high six catches for 53 yards, while Tommy DeVito completed 70% of his attempts for 178 yards.

The Fighting Illini defense held the Wolverines to four second-half field goals and zero touchdowns over the final 56 minutes in the narrow defeat. Michigan hit three field goals in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 0:09 left on a drive that was extended on a fourth-down conversion near midfield despite a controversial no call on offensive pass interference. 

Illinois will close its 2022 regular-season slate in Evanston against in-state foe Northwestern next Saturday. Kickoff was announced for 2:30 p.m. CT on Big Ten Network.