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.