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IU Football Gains First Big Ten Win At Illnois

Indiana and Illinois, both with no conference wins, will square off in Champaign on Saturday.

Updated 6:37 p.m.

IU beat Illinois 31-17 on Saturday to end a five-game losing streak and pick up its first conference win in the Big Ten this season.

Indiana pulled ahead in the second quarter 21-14. The third quarter ended with an extra field goal for each team, then IU clenched it in the fourth quarter with another touchdown, according to ESPN’s Scorecard.

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Indiana University has a chance to bring home their first win in what will be 6 games.  The Hoosiers will square off against the University of Illinois this weekend in Champaign, Ill.

Both Big Ten teams have struggled this season with matching records of 2-5, and both are winless in the conference. The Hoosiers, however, have showed a dramatic improvement over the past few seasons with close loses to notable teams Ohio State and Michigan State. Both of those games were lost by four points or less.

Head coach Kevin Wilson says IU could capitalize on some of Illinois’ weaknesses and bring home a win.

“They’ve given up some points,” Wilson said in his weekly press conference. “They’ve turned the ball over. Their offense has put their defense in maybe some tough situations.”

The two teams kick off at 12 p.m. this Saturday. A win would be the first Big Ten win for either team.

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