Saturday, September 17, 2011
Illinois, ASU offenses flex muscles early
By Adam Rittenberg
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Not surprisingly, we could be headed for a shootout at Memorial Stadium.
After Illinois forced a three-and-out on the game's first possession, both offenses have looked crisp on touchdown drives. Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase showcased his speed on a short scoring march, while his Arizona State counterpart Brock Osweiler found huge gaps in the Illinois secondary to even the score at 7-7.
The safety position is a liability for Illinois, and it showed as Osweiler converted two third-and-long situations to wide-open receivers, the second a 21-yard touchdown strike to Gerell Robinson. Illinois needs to keep a safety back or Osweiler will have a field day.
Arizona State, meanwhile, must show it can handle Illinois' speed on offense.