GAMEDAY College Football

Illinois 38, Wyoming 6

By GAVIN GOOD
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Chase Brown scored three touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards and Tommy DeVito completed 27 of 37 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as Illinois breezed past Wyoming 38-6.

Only 41 seconds elapsed before Brown found his way into the end zone, latching onto a 14-yard pass from DeVito to put Illinois in front.

Brown surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards - including his freshman season at Western Michigan - on an 18-yard run in the second quarter. Brown followed with an 11-yard TD run and kicker Caleb Griffin connected from 27 yards out to give Illinois a 17-3 halftime lead.

Wyoming quarterback Andrew Peasley completed just six of 21 passes for 40 yards in his debut.

Cowboys running back Titus Swen rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries, while Peasley added 76 rushing yards on eight attempts.

The Cowboys converted just 1 of 12 third-down attempts, while the Illini were successful on 7 of 16.

John Hoyland had field goals of 22 yards and 46 yards for the Cowboys' lone scores.

Illinois upped its lead to 31-6 early in the fourth quarter when Brown scored on a 5-yard run.

First-year offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. sped up the tempo at times, regularly going no-huddle in a bid to wear down Wyoming's defensive front.

Illini cornerback Jartavius Martin made a team-high seven tackles and broke up three passes.

THE TAKEAWAY

DeVito looked confident in his debut, even if there is room for improvement, connecting with a dozen different receivers. If Illinois gets steady quarterback play, it could fair well in the Big Ten West thanks to its stingy defense.

The Cowboys look a few steps behind 2021 after losing much of their top talent to the portal.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WyoIll
Ill TD 14:19 Chase Brown 14 yard TD pass from Tommy DeVito (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 0 7
Wyo FG 0:34 John Hoyland 22 yard field goal 3 7
Second Quarter WyoIll
Ill TD 8:12 Chase Brown 11 yard TD run (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 3 14
Ill FG 4:33 Caleb Griffin 27 yard field goal 3 17
Third Quarter WyoIll
Wyo FG 12:15 John Hoyland 46 yard field goal 6 17
Ill TD 2:56 Pat Bryant 6 yard TD pass from Tommy DeVito (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 6 24
Fourth Quarter WyoIll
Ill TD 14:56 Chase Brown 5 yard TD run (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 6 31
Ill TD 6:49 Reggie Love III 33 yard TD run (Caleb Griffin Extra Point) 6 38
Team Stats
  Wyoming Illinois
First downs 9 27
  Rushing 8 13
  Passing 0 11
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 1-12, 8% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 31-181 41-260
Passing Yards 30 208
Return Yards 50 121
Completions-Attempts-Int 5-20-1 28-38-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 8 4
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-41 7-76
Wyoming Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Peasley 5 20 30 0 1
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. DeVito 25 35 185 2 0
A. Sitkowski 3 3 23 0 0
Wyoming Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Swen 17 97 5.7 0
A. Peasley 8 76 9.5 0
J. Braasch 4 9 2.3 0
D. James 2 -1 -0.5 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 19 151 7.9 2
R. Love III 3 46 15.3 1
J. McCray 8 33 4.1 0
C. Hayden 7 28 4.0 0
T. DeVito 2 4 2.0 0
Wyoming Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Cobbs 2 14 7.0 0
J. Braasch 1 7 7.0 0
W. Pelissier 1 5 5.0 0
T. Welch 1 4 4.0 0
Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Bryant 3 42 14.0 1
B. Hightower 4 32 8.0 0
C. Washington 3 26 8.7 0
I. Williams 5 19 3.8 0
J. Morris 2 18 9.0 0
C. Brown 3 16 5.3 1
C. Hayden 2 12 6.0 0
T. Reiman 1 12 12.0 0
M. Marchese 1 10 10.0 0
H. Beatty 1 8 8.0 0
J. McCray 2 7 3.5 0
M. Scott 1 6 6.0 0
Wyoming Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Witherspoon 1 40
Wyoming Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Stewart 8 306 38.3
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Robertson 4 183 45.8
Wyoming Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Cooley 1 10 10.0
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Williams 2 14 7.0
K. Case 2 14 7.0
Wyoming Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Stone 2 40 20.0
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Vining 2 53 26.5
Wyoming Missed FG
Player Length
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
C. Griffin 42
C. Griffin 51




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