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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Illinois' Brown keying defensive effort

By Adam Rittenberg

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- What can Brown do for you?

In Illinois' case, linebacker Jonathan Brown is doing it all in a huge performance against Arizona State. Brown has played a role in both Illini takeaways, causing the first one with his hit on Sun Devils QB Brock Osweiler and corralling an Osweiler pass for an interception to stop a lengthy drive.

The sophomore also has played a big role in Illinois' aggressive blitzing packages. He has been in Osweiler's face multiple times tonight.

Still, Illinois must find a better way to get off of the field as Arizona State continues to convert third-and-long situations.

We're in a defensive struggle here. Who would have seen that coming?

Illinois still leads 10-7 midway through the third quarter.