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Illinois defense locks down Virginia for 24-3 victory

Illinois defensive lineman Keith Randolph tackles Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong during the Illini’s 24-3 win over the Cavaliers in Champaign on Saturday Sept. 10.

CHAMPAIGN — Chase Brown rushed for 146 yards on 20 carries, Tommy DeVito threw for 196 yards and two scores and the Illinois defense stifled Virginia’s once-potent attack to lead the Fighting Illini to a 24-3 victory.

Things looked dicey for Illinois (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) after DeVito threw an interception on his first pass attempt of the day and when Brown fumbled after a first-down run.

However, a dominant defense cleared the path to victory as the Illini held Virginia (1-1) to 1 of 16 on third-down conversions.

 

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