Champaign, Ill. – Wes Lunt hit Geronimo Allison with a 1-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the game to lead Illinois past Nebraska 14-13 on Saturday. It was the Illini's first win against the Cornhuskers since 1924.
Illinois (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) trailed by 10 at the half and never led until placekicker Taylor Zalewski, who missed two first-half field goals, converted the extra point.
Nebraska (2-3, 0-1) had the ball on the Illinois 27-yard line with a 13-7 lead and with less than a minute to play, and Illinois was out of timeouts. But instead of trying a 44-yard field goal in a swirling, gusty wind on fourth down, Nebraska went for it. And rather than run and chew up much of what was left on the clock, quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw an incomplete pass to stop the clock.
Huskers coach Mike Riley said the play was intended to be a run, and when he saw Armstrong try to throw he was "surprised."
"The whole intention of it was a quarterback run," Riley said.