Illini Survive Lightning Delay, Scare From Texas State

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois combined two touchdowns and 190 yards rushing from Josh Ferguson with the kind of desperate, second-half comeback the Illini have relied on all season to escape Texas State on Saturday, 42-35.

All three Illinois (3-1) wins this season have come after trailing in the second half.

The game was delayed for almost two hours by lightning that started in the second quarter. Before the delay the game was almost all Texas State (1-2). And after, the Illini clawed back.

Texas State built a 21-6 second-quarter lead.

But the Illini scored 17 fourth-quarter points to put the game away.

Wes Lunt threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Illini.

Tyler Jones threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns. He ran for another score but also threw a late interception that V'Angelo Bentley returned 45 yards for a touchdown to give the Illini a 42-28 lead.

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