First half analysis

Hey guys, Zak here. 20-7 Illinois leads at the half and it’s looking like the Hoosiers are going to need a second half much like last year’s at Illinois where they erased a 25-7 deficit for a 34-32 win.

The Fighting Illini are outplaying IU in almost every facet of the game. The Hoosier defense, which has played considerably well through the first three games this year, can’t stop the option. Illinois’ game plan is run, run, run. And the way it’s working for them so far, expect to see a lot more of it in the second half.

As far as offense goes, Kellen Lewis is playing well and has had his handful of quick bursts for first downs, but Illinois has done a good job keeping him in check. His numbers: nine runs for 22 yards (including a 23-sack on the last play before intermission) and 13-20 in the air for 143 yards and a touchdown to James Hardy.

IU continues to run the ball and it’s not getting them very far. They’ve only accumulated 68 yards on the ground, and if they’re going to get back into this game, it needs to be done with their two greatest weapons: Kellen Lewis’ legs and James Hardy’s hands. It will be interesting to see how Lynch and his staff attack the Illini defense in the second half.

Kudos to Illini Coach Ron Zook on calling a great first half. The Fighting Illini look a lot better than the Hoosiers in the Big Ten opener for both teams. We’ll see how the second half unfolds.

Also on a side note, Tyler Zeller was seen with Coach Sampson and the rest of the basketball team as they were honored during the first quarter for their community service. We’re looking to track him down sometime today and see how his visit is going so far. Stay tuned.