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<p>Pazan throws two touchdowns Illinois football team scrimmaged Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, as the offense shined under the direction of four quarterbacks. The offense scored six times on 16 drives, including a period where they scored touchdowns on five of six possessions.

Arthur Boyd recovered a fumble on the second possession and the defense held the offense to one field goal by Steve Weatherford in the first five possessions before the offense's five touchdown run, which began with a 64-yard scoring strike from quarterback Chris Pazan to running back Brock Bolen.

On the ensuing series, quarterback Jon Beutjer led the offense on a seven play, 75-yard drive which culminated with a 10-yard touchdown from Beutjer to tight end Anthony McClellan, who made a diving catch in the back of the end zone. The drive was highlighted by, running back E.B. Halsey's 49-yard scamper up the middle. Halsey finished the day with 106 yards on 16 carries.

Beutjer was at the controls for the next scoring drive as well, using seven plays to march the Illini into the end zone. This time, running back Jason Davis scored on a 24-yard run after dodging a couple of defenders at the line of scrimmage, Davis went into the end zone virtually untouched. Redshirt freshman DeJuan Warren showcased his receiving abilities on the next drive, hooking up with sophomore quarterback Tim Brasic on consecutive plays. Warren's first catch of the afternoon was a 37-yard sideline reception and on the next play, Brasic found Warren in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown. Pazan closed the scoring, with a 38-yard pass to receiver Ade Adeyemo.

Pazan finished the afternoon completing six-of-eight passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, a pair of linemen turned in solid performances as Josh Norris recorded three sacks and Arthur Boyd had three tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The Illini spring game is scheduled for April 17th at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Story courtesy of SID Office


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