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Michigan 42 Illinois 25 - October 12, 2019 - Champaign, Ill. (27-10)
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A four-touchdown lead had been whittled to three points, and No. 16 Michigan needed a response to Illinois' 25 consecutive points.

Shea Patterson and the Wolverines put together a long touchdown drive and the Michigan defense forced two turnovers in a late surge to hold off Illinois 42-25 on Saturday.

"We rose to the challenge," Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said. "But yeah, it got interesting for a while there."

Hassan Haskins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown and Zach Charbonnet had 116 yards on the ground for the Wolverines (5-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who were up 28-7 at half.

Turnovers and ineffective offense helped the Illini (2-4, 0-3) cut the lead to 28-25 with 12 minutes, 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Dre Brown ran in from a yard out. Brown also converted a 2-point conversion.

Michigan drove 79 yards in 10 plays, capped by Patterson's 5-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Patterson sealed it with a touchdown run after Illinois turned the ball over at its 1.

"We are doing a good job taking the ball away. That's giving us a spark," Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. "They pulled away late with us turning the ball over."

Patterson, when asked about the Illinois surge, smiled. "No worries. I mean, we were a little frustrated, but it turned out OK."

Matt Robinson, starting for the injured quarterback Brandon Peters, a graduate transfer from Michigan, was 16-of-25 for 192 yards and one touchdown for Illinois. He also ran for a score.

Michigan racked up 489 yards total offense to Illinois' 256.Harbaugh said he saw a lot of positives from his team, despite the midgame slump. "We scored 42 points. We were tested and we put in some hard work," he said. "They made some good adjustments and we just kept fighting. We didn't flinch."

Michigan lost two more fumbles, raising its season total to nine lost on a total of 17 fumbles.

"Yeah, it's a concern," he said. "We're going to continue to look at it."

Illinois coach Lovie Smith, who is facing mounting criticism among Illinois fans, saw some positives in the loss and vowed a better second half of the season.

"We're at the half [of the season], and there's disappointment," he said. "But we showed in third quarter, we can change things up. We can do that in the second half of the season as well."


Michigan: Coming off a 10-3 victory against Iowa, Michigan's offense looked a lot better, but Illinois' defense can do that to an opponent.

Illinois: Credit the Illini for coming back against a good defense with a backup quarterback, but the turnovers helped a lot.


Michigan could lose a little ground after a sloppy performance, but probably not much if any.


Michigan: Travels to No. 10 Penn State.

Illinois: Hosts No. 8 Wisconsin.

Box Score:
Scoring Summary:
Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Michigan...........  14 14  0 14  - 42     Record: (5-1, 3-1 Big Ten)
Illinois.......... 0 7 18 0 - 25 Record: (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) Attendance: 111,360 Scoring Summary: 1st 1st 11:20 MICH - Haskins, Hassan 29 yd run (Nordin, Quinn kick) 5 plays, 65 yards, TOP 2:02, ILL 0 - MICH 7
00:59 MICH - Schoonmaker, L. 25 yd pass from Patterson, Shea (Moody, Jake kick) 4 plays, 70 yards, TOP 0:55, ILL 0 - MICH 14
2nd 12:19 MICH - Charbonnet, Z. 7 yd run (Moody, Jake kick) 1 plays, 7 yards, TOP 0:04, ILL 0 - MICH 21 04:33 MICH - Eubanks, Nick 4 yd pass from Patterson, Shea (Moody, Jake kick) 5 plays, 80 yards, TOP 2:35, ILL 0 - MICH 28 00:55 ILL - Imatorbhebhe,J. 23 yd pass from Robinson,Matt (McCourt,James kick) 6 plays, 67 yards, TOP 1:03, ILL 7 - MICH 28
3rd 10:14 ILL - McCourt,James 50 yd field goal 10 plays, 31 yards, TOP 3:23, ILL 10 - MICH 28 00:30 ILL - Robinson,Matt 1 yd run (McCourt,James kick) 15 plays, 80 yards, TOP 7:27, ILL 17 - MICH 28 4th 12:50 ILL - Brown,Dre 1 yd run (Brown,Dre rush) 6 plays, 36 yards, TOP 2:04, ILL 25 - MICH 28 08:57 MICH - Peoples-Jones 5 yd pass from Patterson, Shea (Nordin, Quinn kick) 10 plays, 79 yards, TOP 3:48, ILL 25 - MICH 35 06:21 MICH - Patterson, Shea 1 yd run (Nordin, Quinn kick) 1 play, 1 yard, TOP 0:04, ILL 25 - MICH 42 Kickoff time: 11:06 am End of Game: 2:44 pm Total elapsed time: 3:38 Officials: Referee: Jerry McGinn; Umpire: Mike Pilarski; Linesman: Mark Bennett; Line judge: Ryan MacDonald; Back judge: Jeff Latkiewicz; Field judge: Lamont Simpson; Side judge: John Hayes; Center judge: Gregory Nelson; Temperature: 46 • Wind: SW 18 • Weather: Sunny