It was Senior Day at Ohio Stadium, with several Buckeyes like Larry Grant being honored before game.
Chris "Beanie" Wells got the Buckeyes off on the right track by scoring on a touchdown run following a deep pass completion to Brian Hartline from Todd Boeckman.
Cameron Heyward (97) and Marcus Freeman (1) team up to tackle Illinois rusher Rashard Mendenhall, who had 88 yards on the ground for the game.
Maurice Wells scored the Buckeyes' second touchdown in the first quarter to give OSU what would be its last lead.
Boeckman looks for Ray Small (4) during a second-half drive. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Boeckman's pass was intercepted.
Illinois quarterback Juice Williams hurt the Buckeyes on the ground and through the air. WIlliams threw for four touchdowns.
OSU's Vernon Gholston could not catch Williams before he pitched the ball to Mendenhall. The Buckeyes had no answer for the Fighting Illini offense in the 28-21 loss.
Rahkeem Smith gestures toward the small contingent of Illinois fans behind the south end zone.