Illini Defense Turns In Sour Effort in Charlottesville

In its last two losses to UTSA and Virginia, Illinois’ pass defense has given up 703 yards through the air.

By Matt Stevens - IlliniGuys Football Writer/Analyst

September 11, 2021

In another blowout loss in a non-conference game to a Power Five Conference opponent Saturday, Illinois replicated the 2020 defense that got Lovie Smith terminated last fall.

In its seventh straight double-digit loss to a non-conference opponent from a Power Five league dating back to 2012, Illinois gave up 556 total yards (the most of the 2021 season) and 423 yards through the air (first opponent 400 . . .

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