Illinois 20, Iowa 16
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Quarterback Brian Menkhausen passed for one touchdown and ran for another in leading Illinois to a 20-16 upset victory over 16th-ranked Iowa in Big Ten football Saturday.
Trailing 10-0, Menkhausen fired a 54-yard TD pass to Stephen Pierce in the third quarter, then plunged into the end zone from the one-yard line in the fourth quarter to take the lead.
The victory improved Illinois’ record to 3-6 and the Hawkeyes to 6-3. The Illini are 2-4 in the Big Ten, while Iowa is 3-3.
The Illinois defense played tough throughout the game, but the offense sputtered in the first half as the Illini managed only 73 total yards and three first downs.
Iowa opened with a 36-yard field goal by Rob Houghtlin, blocked two Illinois field goal attempts and a punt, and used a fumble by Illini Darryl Usher to set up a two-yard touchdown run by David Hudson in the second quarter.
But the Hawkeye offense was stopped cold in the third quarter, and by late in the period, Menkhausen had the Illini offense tuned up.
Menkhausen’s second TD, early in the fourth quarter, put Illinois ahead for the first time before a crowd of 75,190, and Chris Siambekos added field goals from 29 and 42 yards for a 20-10 margin.
Iowa’s Kevin Harmon raced into the end zone from the three late in the game to trim the Illinois edge to 20-16, but the Hawkeyes never got the ball back.