Stat of the half: 5 - Western Michigan had five offensive drives with three plays or less. The Illini defense forced the Broncos to punt after only three plays on four occasions. Safety Earnest Thomas intercepted a pass on the second play of the Broncos last drive of the first quarter.
Did you see… Michael Buchanan all over the field? The senior defensive end intercepted the first pass of his career in the first quarter. Down 10-0, the Broncos were driving and were on the Illinois 25, but facing a fourth-and-two. Buchanan thwarted any chance for a conversation, intercepting quarterback Alex Carder's short pass attempt. Buchanan was active throughout the first half, constantly applying pressure to Carder. He also had a sack near the end of the second quarter.
Stat stuffer: Western Michigan rover Johnnie Simon tallied 13 tackles.
Keeping the streak: Illinois is 3-1 all-time against Western Michigan, and is undefeated in games played in Champaign.
Fun fact: Former basketball player Meyers Leonard was on the sideline during the opening half. Leonard was the 11th overall selection in 2012 NBA Draft.