ASU - 45, Illinois 14: Rapid Reaction

TEMPE, Ariz. - A quick-hitting rundown following the Illinois loss to Arizona State Saturday.

With starter Nathan Scheelhaase sidelined, the Illinois offense struggled to find an answer at quarterback.

In turn, Arizona State had two quarterbacks at it's disposal, as Taylor Kelly and Michael Eubank finished a combined 23-of-28 for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

Put simply, the Illini were bested in each facet of the game. Quarterbacks Reilly O'Toole and Miles Osei accounted for three turnovers. And the defense allowed 511 total yards of offense.

The game was over when…: Quarterback Michael Eubank connected with tight end Chris Coyle on a three-yard touchdown pass with 6:27 left in the second quarter. The score gave Arizona State a 28-7 lead.

Illinois player of the game: Running back Josh Ferguson. The redshirt freshman recorded his first career 100-yard rushing performance. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry, including a long of 51.

Stat of the game: Red zone chances. The Sun Devils pushed the ball past the Illinois 20 on nine occasions, coming away with points seven times. In stark contrast, Illinois managed to enter the red zone only twice.

The takeaway: This was a chance for two teams with new coaching staffs to make a statement. Arizona State proved superior. While this game will not define coach Tim Beckman's time at Illinois, the performance indicates the program has some work to do. It's hard to properly gauge where the team is after a game played without a player as important as Scheelhaase. But the defeat was not because of a missing quarterback. It was a team losing effort.

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