Illinois-Northwestern: 3rd quarter analysis

November, 20, 2010
11/20/10
5:14
PM CT
Mikel LeshoureJerry Lai/US PresswireMikel Leshoure is approaching 250 yards on the ground for the Illini.

The most stunning sight of the third quarter? Two of the first three series ending in punts after just one of 18 ending with something other than a touchdown, a field goal, a missed field goal or a turnover in the first half.

Until the final possession of the third, Illinois’ defense seemed to settle down and start tackling in the third quarter, forcing two three-and-outs until Northwestern gained 13, 14 and 23 yards on consecutive plays to set up a first-and-10 on the Illini 29.

Should be an interesting fourth quarter in what turned out to be a really entertaining game.

Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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