The Turning Point: Illinois

It hasn't been a full 48 hours yet, but looking back at the tape, there is a key "Turning Point" in the game where momentum and production started to shift towards the Fighting Illini.

Texas State went into the locker room on Saturday evening with a 21-13 lead. Offensively and defensively, both units completely out played the Fighting Illini in the 1st half. Total yards were in favor of the 'Cats, 283-174. The defense made Illinois punt 5 times in the 1st half, and held the Fighting Illini to 0 for 5 on 3rd downs. While the Bobcats offense was on fire, going 8 for 12 on 3rd down themselves. It was almost unbelievable that Texas State only led by 8 points at the break.

The start of the 2nd half was the complete opposite for TXST. In the first 8 minutes of the 3rd quarter, the Bobcat offense was non-existent. Three straight drives, and three straight 3 and outs.

To make things worse, Illinois started to heat up and continued on their momentum after closing the first half with a TD. They responded to Texas State's ineffectiveness to start the half with two straight touchdowns that took just a little bit over three minutes combined.

It would spur the Fighting Illini on to a 180, as they continued to rev up the offense and outscored the 'Cats, 29-14 in the 2nd half. This is why this part in the game served as "The Turning Point."

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