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Milan blocks FG as time expires, Illinois beats Ball St.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Jamal Milan blocked Morgan Hagee's 54-yard field goal attempt as time expired, and Illinois opened its second season under coach Lovie Smith with a 24-21 victory over Ball State on Saturday.

Mike Epstein scored on a 1-yard run with just over two minutes remaining after Mike Dudek returned a punt 52 yards. Isaiah Gay came through with a huge sack near the end, and Milan got a hand on the ball on Hagee's attempt.

Chayce Crouch threw for 145 yards and a touchdown. Mike Epstein ran for two touchdowns.

Illinois - coming off a 3-9 season - blew a nine-point halftime lead and wasted several scoring opportunities down the stretch. But Dudek brought them back into it with a big punt return through the middle and up the right side to the 35 in the closing minutes.

Epstein then plowed in from the 1 with 2:06 left. Crouch converted the 2-point conversion run to make it 24-21.

Ball State then drove to the 30 before Isaiah sacked Riley Neal for a 17-yard loss. The Cardinals had the ball on the 36 with five seconds remaining when they turned to Hagee for the tying attempt.

Neal passed for 204 yards and a touchdown. James Gilbert ran for 74 yards and a touchdown for Ball State.

Illinois took a 16-7 halftime lead, only to give up long touchdown drives on Ball State's first two possessions of the third quarter.

Malik Dunner ran it in from the 3, capping a 75-yard drive. The Cardinals then went 77 yards, with James Gilbert scoring from the 3 to give them a 21-16 lead.

The Illini had a big opportunity late in the third when Tre Watson returned an interception near midfield to the Ball State 33. But with the ball on the 24, Anthony Winbush sacked Crouch on back-to-back plays, forcing Illinois to punt.

Chase McLaughlin missed a 44-yard field goal for Illinois with about nine minutes left and Crouch got intercepted by Bryce Cosby near midfield on the next possession.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ball State: It was a rough finish for the Cardinals, who looked like they might pull this one out. Instead, they opened their second season under Mike Neu with a loss. And Gilbert was helped off the field after his TD run.

Illinois: The Illini have won 20 straight home openers.

UP NEXT

Ball State: The Cardinals open at home next week against UAB, which did not field a team the past two years. Ball State has won seven straight home openers.

Illinois: The schedule isn't getting any easier, with Western Kentucky - an 11-game winner last season - visiting next week. The Illini then go to South Florida on Sept. 15, followed by a home game against Nebraska on Sept. 29 and a trip to on Oct. 7.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 2:06
7-C.Crouch to BALL End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Touchdown 2:19
15-R.Neal incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 33-T.Watson at ILL 47. 33-T.Watson 95-K.Jackson runs -46 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
53
yds
0:00
pos
21
22
Point After TD 4:24
22-M.Hagee extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
16
Touchdown 4:24
34-J.Gilbert runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
19
yds
04:26
pos
20
16
Point After TD 9:41
22-M.Hagee extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
16
Touchdown 9:41
4-M.Dunner runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
16
plays
17
yds
05:19
pos
13
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:26
43-C.McLaughlin 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
35
yds
02:31
pos
7
16
Point After TD 7:52
43-C.McLaughlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
13
Touchdown 7:52
26-M.Epstein runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
11
yds
05:46
pos
7
12
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:28
22-M.Hagee extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
6
Touchdown 3:28
15-R.Neal complete to 88-N.Givan. 88-N.Givan runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
16
plays
22
yds
06:24
pos
6
6
Missed Two Point Conversion 9:58
14-B.Hayes incomplete.
plays
yds
pos
0
6
Touchdown 9:58
7-C.Crouch complete to 18-M.Dudek. 18-M.Dudek runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
16
yds
00:07
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 14
Rushing 12 5
Passing 8 8
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 12-21 2-10
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 357 188
Total Plays 85 49
Avg Gain 4.2 3.8
Net Yards Rushing 171 66
Rush Attempts 51 30
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 2.2
Net Yards Passing 186 122
Comp. - Att. 21-34 10-19
Yards Per Pass 5.5 6.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-18 4-24
Penalties - Yards 2-20 6-60
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 4-40.3 5-44.2
Return Yards 24 105
Punts - Returns 2-9 3-55
Kickoffs - Returns 1-15 2-29
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-21
Kicking 3/4 2/3
Extra Points 3/3 1/1
Field Goals 0/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Ball State 0-1 7014021
Illinois 1-0 6100824
186 PASS YDS 122
171 RUSH YDS 66
357 TOTAL YDS 188
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Neal 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 204 1 1 116.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 204 1 1 116.0
R. Neal 21/34 204 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Gilbert 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 74 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 74 1
J. Gilbert 19 74 1 15
C. Huntley 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 42 0
C. Huntley 8 42 0 28
R. Neal 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 41 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 41 0
R. Neal 15 41 0 12
M. Dunner 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 12 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 12 1
M. Dunner 8 12 1 3
J. Hall 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
J. Hall 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Miller 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 86 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 86 0
R. Miller 7 86 0 18
J. Hall 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 36 0
J. Hall 2 36 0 27
N. Givan 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 22 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 22 1
N. Givan 3 22 1 9
C. Lacanaria 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 16 0
C. Lacanaria 3 16 0 11
J. Hogue 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
J. Hogue 2 16 0 11
A. Davis 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
A. Davis 1 10 0 10
M. Dunner 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
M. Dunner 1 8 0 8
J. Gilbert 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
J. Gilbert 1 7 0 7
K. Davis 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
K. Davis 1 3 0 3
D. Pinter 5 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Pinter 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Winbush 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
A. Winbush 3-0 3.0 0
J. White 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. White 1-0 1.0 0
B. Cosby 17 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
B. Cosby 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Hagee 22 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
0/1 3/3
M. Hagee 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
N. Snyder 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 40.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 40.3 0
N. Snyder 4 40.3 0 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Dunner 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
M. Dunner 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Lacanaria 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 8 0
C. Lacanaria 2 4.5 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Crouch 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.6% 146 1 1 124.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.6% 146 1 1 124.0
C. Crouch 10/19 146 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Epstein 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 53 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 53 2
M. Epstein 11 53 2 14
K. Foster 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 15 0
K. Foster 8 15 0 9
C. Crouch 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 -2 0
C. Crouch 11 -2 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Turner 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 49 0
M. Turner 4 49 0 26
M. Dudek 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 47 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 47 1
M. Dudek 2 47 1 31
M. Epstein 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 32 0
M. Epstein 2 32 0 17
N. Echard 39 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
N. Echard 1 14 0 14
L. Dorsey 19 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
L. Dorsey 1 4 0 4
K. Foster 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Foster 0 0 0 0
R. Smalling 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Smalling 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Phillips 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Phillips 1-0 0.0 0
B. Roundtree 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
B. Roundtree 1-0 1.0 0
I. Gay 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
I. Gay 1-0 1.0 0
T. Watson 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Watson 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McLaughlin 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/2 1/1
C. McLaughlin 1/2 40 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Hayes 14 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 44.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 44.2 1
B. Hayes 5 44.2 1 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Echard 39 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
N. Echard 1 10.0 10 0
M. Epstein 26 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
M. Epstein 1 19.0 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Dudek 18 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 18.3 52 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 18.3 52 0
M. Dudek 3 18.3 52 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:46 BALLST 37 1:29 3 13 FUMBLE
9:52 BALLST 20 6:24 16 80 TD
2:23 BALLST 19 1:41 4 15 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:52 BALLST 25 4:46 9 26 Punt
0:21 BALLST 25 0:00 1 5 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BALLST 25 5:19 16 17 TD
8:50 BALLST 23 4:26 14 19 TD
3:03 BALLST 44 0:44 3 23 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BALLST 20 1:34 3 3 Punt
8:59 BALLST 26 3:04 6 39
5:18 BALLST 45 1:23 3 4 Punt
2:06 BALLST 25 2:01 9 39 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 ILL 19 3:00 5 5 Punt
10:05 BALLST 16 0:07 1 16 TD
3:28 ILL 25 0:49 3 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:38 ILL 31 5:46 13 11 TD
2:57 ILL 20 2:31 9 43 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:41 ILL 35 0:41 3 2 Punt
4:20 ILL 24 1:12 3 -11 Punt
2:07 BALLST 33 2:02 3 10 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:13 ILL 29 4:10 8 -3 FG Miss
5:50 ILL 35 0:16 2 10 INT
3:40 BALLST 35 1:34 4 35 TD