Fresno State 53, Illinois 52: We got your Big Ten Game of the Year here

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Woah.

4th and 10, six seconds on the clock, Fresno down by seven. A simple 20 yard post is caught by the Bulldog receiver, who stretches from the 2 yard line and barely pushes the ball over the end zone line. Review confirms touchdown...

Illinois 52, FSU 51...

Pat Hill, the "play anywhere, play anyone" coach, decides he'll go for two on the road. The Illini blow up the play, forcing an off-balance throw which is tipped forward into the waiting arms of a 310 lb. Fresno lineman, who barely falls into the end zone...Review confirms that he made it over the line before being felled.

FSU 53, Illinois 52...

So many highlights...Almost 1000 total yards, a circus catch by  Hoomanawanui, a completely airborne flip touchdown by LeShour (not to mention 184 yards rushing and two touchdowns by Mikel)...

I know it was a 3 win Illini team fighting for respect only, but the offense looked cohesive against a tough Fresno unit. And I know I've angrily eviscerated the Illinois offensive playcalling all year, but it was a varied and gutsy gameplan from Zook.

The defense was horrendous, getting overrun on power sweeps and rarely making plays on the wide open Bulldog receivers.

Oh and a final note...My prediction for this game...

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GRAHAMFILLER10
predicts FRESNO STATE by 7

Balanced Bulldogs versus revitalized Juice Williams in his final game. This game has
points written all over it. FSU gets an early lead behind their balanced attack and hangs on.

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