While the Spartans had only given up a first quarter field goal, they could not get their offense moving until the second quarter when they settled for a Dan Conroy field goal matching Illinois.
The game looked as if it would have both teams enter the locker room tied, but a muffed punt by Keshawn Martin had Nate Bussey secure the ball and set up Illinois on the Spartans 15-yard line looking to take the lead at the half.
Illinois kicker Derek Kimke would hit from 33 yards out giving Illinois a 6-3 advantage with thoughts of an upset on the minds of the Spartans home crowd.
The Spartans running game has yet to be seen as Edwin Baker and Le'Veon Bell have combined for 15 carries and a total of 13-yards.
Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure has picked up 49 yards on 14 carries giving Illinois hope of getting their offense on track and defeating the Spartans at their own game.