Live updates | No. 17 Iowa football team faces Illinois on Senior Day

The Hawkeyes are going for their eighth consecutive win over the Fighting Illini.


Grace Smith

Iowa huddles up before lining up on the line during a football game between No. 17 Iowa and Illinois at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Grace Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

The No. 17 Iowa football team faces off against Illinois in a Senior Day game at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.

Iowa (8-2 overall, 5-2 Big Ten) has defeated Illinois (4-6, 3-4) in seven consecutive meetings. The Fighting Illini have not won in Iowa City since 1999. Illinois will be without its first-year head coach Bret Bielema on Saturday. Bielema, a former Hawkeye football player and assistant coach, tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Assistant head coach/wide receivers coach George McDonald will be the acting head coach for Illinois.

The game is scheduled to kick off a little after 1 p.m. and will air on FS1. DI Pregame Editor Robert Read and Sports Reporter Chris Werner are in the press box covering the game. Check back to this story for live updates throughout the game.

Pregame — Iowa cornerbacks Matt Hankins and Terry Roberts, safety Jack Koerner, and tackle Mason Richman are among the Hawkeyes who are out for Saturday’s contest. In other pregame news, Alex Padilla is officially getting the start for Iowa. Spencer Petras will back him up. Unlike last week, Petras threw passes in warmups.

Scouts from the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers are on hand for Saturday’s game, as are representatives from the Citrus Bowl.

Hawkeye seniors are being recognized on the field with their parents before the game as part of Senior Day ceremonies.

Coin toss — Iowa wins the coins toss and deferred its choice to the second half. Illinois will start with the football.

8:37 1Q — What a start by Illinois. The Fighting Illini went 75 yards in 12 plays, going three-for-three on third down, to take an early 7-0 lead on the Hawkeyes. Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters completed six of his seven passes on the drive, including a 13-yard touchdown to tight end Luke Ford.

4:41 1Q — Iowa got to the Illinois 43-yard line, but opted to punt on fourth and three. Well, the Hawkeyes tried to punt. The snap to punter Tory Taylor was low and rolled all the way back to Iowa’s 28-yard line. Illinois takes over looking to extend its lead.

3:20 1Q — Illinois picked up zero yards on four plays, but still added on a field goal to take advantage of the Iowa miscue. The Fighting Illini lead, 10-0.

3:05 1Q — Charlie Jones gives the Hawkeyes life. The senior returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown on Senior Day to get the Hawkeyes back in the game. Illinois now leads, 10-7.

14:08 2Q — The Hawkeyes have the lead. After a toe-tap grab by Arland Bruce IV set Iowa up in the red zone, Bruce got into the end zone later in the drive on a two-yard jet sweep touchdown on third-and-goal. Iowa leads Illinois, 14-10.

6:41 2Q — Iowa went 58 yards in 11 plays and extended its lead over Illinois with a 51-yard Caleb Shudak field goal, his career-high. Iowa had first down on Illinois’s side of the field, but three straight runs of negative-one forced a field goal. Iowa leads, 17-10.

3:13 2Q — After 17 consecutive Hawkeye points, the Fighting Illini are back on the board. Illinois added a 45-yard field goal to wrap up an eight-play drive to drop Iowa’s lead to 17-13.

:54 2Q — Iowa defensive back Dane Belton recorded his fifth interception of the year at Illinois’ 41-yard line. Iowa will look to extend its lead before the half.

:38 2Q —Shudak’s kick from 58 yards out was short.

Halftime: Halftime reactions | Iowa leads Illinois, 17-13

9:12 3Q — Iowa adds points on its first drive of the second half. The Hawkeyes went 42 yards on 11 plays on a drive that ended with a 48-yard field goal from Shudak. Iowa now leads, 20-13.

2:46 3Q — Illinois adds a 53-yard field goal to cut into Iowa’s lead. The Hawkeyes are now on top, 20-16.

9:51 4Q — Iowa started at the Illinois 17-yard line after two Illini unsportsmanlike penalties on a punt return. Yet, the Hawkeyes still couldn’t reach the end zone. Iowa settled for another field goal, which Shudak converted to put the Hawkeyes up, 23-16.

7:02 4Q — Iowa quarterback Alex Padilla threw an interception to Illinois’ Kerby Joseph. The Fighting Illini will take over at their own 47-yard line, trailing by seven points.

Iowa wins, 33-23.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

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