Illinois vs. Washington 2013 final score: Huskies hold on to best Illini, 34-24
The No. 19 Washington Huskies managed to hold off the unranked Illinois Fighting Illini in Chicago on Saturday, winning 34-24. Quarterback Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns while the team racked up a total of 273 yards rushing.
Trailing at 31-10 near the end of the third quarter, the Illini fought back. Nathan Scheelhaase completed a pass to Ryan Lankford that went 72 yards for a touchdown to bring the game closer. When the fourth quarter came around, the Illini made it into the red zone after Miles Osei hit Matt LaCosse for a 35-yard reception. From the 10-yard line, Aaron Bailey scored a rushing touchdown to bring the game within seven points.
But Washington took over again, and managed to make it into the red zone. They were unable to score a touchdown, but they kicked a field goal to make it a 10-point game. Illinois took back over with intent to make it a one-score game, but Scheelhasse was picked off by Gregory Ducre on a first down throw. The Huskies took over, earned a couple first downs and were able to kill the clock for the win.
Rankings Ramifications: Washington entered the game as the No. 19 team in the nation, and a strong win over the 2-0 Illini at a neutral site would certainly boost their chances of moving up if a team above them happens to falter.
But Did They Cover?: The Huskies opened as 7-point favorites, but most books had them at 10.5-point favorites by gameday. They came close to covering for some, but if you took the 10.5, then they just barely missed it.
For More On This Game: For more on Huskies football, visit Washington community UW Dawg Pound, plus Pac-12 community Pacific Takes. For more on Illini football, visit Illinois community Hail To The Orange, plus Big Ten community Off Tackle Empire.
Next Week's Schedule: Washington will return home to host the Idaho State Bengals on Sept. 21. Illinois will remain home to play host to the Miami RedHawks on Sept. 28.
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