King of the Hill

The Illinois defense capitalized on turnover opportunities, and Wes Lunt aired it out for over 450 yards to propel the Illini to a 42-34 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and improve their record to 2-0.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt threw for three touchdowns and Taylor Barton returned an interception for a late score to secure a comeback win over Western Kentucky Saturday, 42-34.

Lunt was 35 of 50 with one interception for the Illini (2-0).

Barton picked off Hilltopper quarterback Brandon Doughty in the fourth quarter for a 77-yard touchdown that put Illinois up 35-27.

Illinois trailed 17-7 late in the second quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to tight end Tyler Higbee.

Western Kentucky (1-1) went ahead again in the third quarter on a 95-yard fumble return by cornerback Wonderful Terry

Hilltopper running back Leon Allen finished with 118 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Doughty was 28 of 48 for 297 yards, a touchdown and the interception.

Illinois wide receiver Justin Hardee caught six balls for 110 yards and one touchdown.

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