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|Offense Gets Best of Defense in Illini Spring Game
|CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois' offense has held off its defensive counterpart in the Orange and Blue Spring Game, 26-21.
The offense managed to only score one touchdown but won Saturday's game behind a categorical scoring method based on first downs, field goals and touchdowns.
Illinois usually plays a two-squad scrimmage for its spring game, but injuries at running back led to the format switch. With senior running backs Jason Ford and Troy Pollard sidelined with injuries, redshirt freshman Ean Days and sophomore Bud Golden got the bulk of carries in the backfield.
Days scored the lone touchdown in the game in the first quarter.
No official stats were kept. For most of the game, the first-team offense squared off against the second-team defense, while the first-team defense took on the second-team offense.
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