After a 25-point loss to a team that played in the ACC title game last season, a 24-point beat down at the hands of the defending MAC champs is not what the doctor ordered for Lovie Smith's Fighting Illini.
Illinois was routed by Western Michigan on Saturday, 34-10, posting only three rushing yards as Illinois native P.J. Fleck led his team to its second win over a Big Ten team this season.
The game was over early, with the Broncos scoring to go up 21-0 just four seconds into the second quarter. The Illini did get one first-half score — a 56-yard touchdown throw from Wes Lunt — but they went to halftime trailing, 24-7. Illinois could muster just a field goal after halftime, Western Michigan adding 10 points to secure the win in easy fashion.
The Illinois offense, for the second consecutive week, was extremely ineffective. The three rushing yards on 15 attempts was particularly cringe-worthy, with the team accumulating just 315 total yards compared to Western Michigan's 437.
Lunt was 29-for-42 for 312 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw an interception and had negative-20 rushing yards. Malik Turner was Lunt's top target, and he caught nine passes for 107 yards.
The Broncos gained 287 rushing yards, with Jamauri Bogan rushing for 189 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Illini dropped to 1-2 with the loss, their second straight at home, and open Big Ten play two weeks from now against Nebraska.