Illinois 31, Ohio St. 12
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Howard Griffith rushed for two touchdowns and Patrick Donnelly recovered a fumbled punt snap in the end zone and Illinois, riding a 21-point fourth quarter, beat Ohio State 31-12 in Big Ten football on Saturday.
Illinois, 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the league, went ahead 17-6 on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Griffith, capping a 47-yard drive after an Ohio State fumble.
Ohio State stalled at its 40 and Jeff Bohlman came in to punt. The snap went through his hands and, as Bohlman chased the ball, he tried to kick it through the end zone. But Donnelly recovered the ball in the end zone for a 24-6 Illinois lead with 12:21 left.
After Ohio State scored on a 13-yard pass from Greg Frey to Jeff Graham, Illinois scored again on an 11-yard run by Griffith.
The victory was the first for Illinois at Ohio Stadium since a 17-13 triumph in 1967, which also was the last year that Ohio State had dropped its Big Ten opener. The Buckeyes are 2-2 overall.
Illinois took a 10-3 halftime lead on a 24-yard pass from Jeff George to Steve Williams and a 41-yard field goal by Doug Higgins.
Jeff O’Morrow, who kicked a 45-yard field goal in the first half, added a 30-yarder in the third quarter to pull the Buckeyes within 10-6.
Ohio State, playing without leading rusher Carlos Snow who is out with a knee injury, managed only 38 yards rushing.