"You start with Taylor, arguably the best player in all of college football. He is an excellent runner between the tackles, he has size, he can hit you with power, he's faster than most people, he's on their track team," Smith said. "It's a good challenge, and you have to be sound."
"We are doing a good job taking the ball away. That's giving us a spark," Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. "They pulled away late with us turning the ball over."