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Illini, Northwestern trade blows

Illinois and Northwestern traded field goals to start the second quarter. Things seem to have quieted down after the feverish pace with which Illinois was gaining yards on the ground.

Northwestern's Brian Peters notched his second interception of the game after a Nathan Scheelhaase bomb went long and Peters secured it falling onto his back.

Illinois 24, Northwestern 17 with 6:22 left in the game.