Wrigley Field Football, Northwestern Vs. Illinois: Mikel LeShoure, Illini Jump To Early 14-0 Lead

On Saturday in Wrigley Field, Illinois has struck first, taking first possession and running through the Northwestern defense to take a 7-0 lead. Running back Mikel LeShoure has been Illinois' offense thus far.

No, really. Mikel LeShoure accounted for all three plays of Illinois' opening drive, as he galloped for runs of 32, 30, and 4 yards to drive to the end zone. LeShoure has already surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season, with 164 more through the air.

On the ensuing Northwestern possession, the Wildcats coughed up the ball, giving Illinois possession again. Did the Illini bother passing in this possession? Nope! After three rushes from quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, LeShoure took the ball three more times to punch it in for his second touchdown of the day. Illinois leads early, 14-0.

Thus far, the claustrophobic Wrigley Field confines haven't been an issue for the men on the field, but they have been somewhat problematic for ESPNU's film crew (screencap via @bubbaprog):

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The fans, though, are coming through with the signage:

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Follow along with this StoryStream for game updates. And for more on these teams, check out our Northwestern blog, Sippin' On Purple, and our Illinois blog, Hail To The Orange.

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