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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Illinois-Northwestern: 3rd quarter analysis

By Melissa Isaacson

Mikel Leshoure
Mikel 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.