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Zips Fall 42-3 Against Illinois - Game Recap

Illinois cruised to victory on Saturday, as they ran up a 42-3 score against Akron in Week 1 action at Memorial Stadium-Champaign.

Illinois was a favorite by -18.0 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 60.5.

Mike Epstein rushed for 45 yards, while Ra'Von Bonner added 38 yards in the win. Ricky Smalling and Josh Imatorbhebhe added 54 and 34 receiving yards respectively.

Deltron Sands rushed for 47 yards for Akron, while Brandon Lee added 34 yards. Kato Nelson threw for 122 yards for the Zips, while receivers Nate Stewart and Michael Mathison had 79 and 22 yards respectively.

Illinois outgained Akron 401-192 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 22-16 by the Fighting Illini.

The time of possession battle favored Akron as their offense was on the field for 31:37, longer than the 28:23 of their opponents.

Illinois heads into a Week 2 battle against Connecticut. Akron, meanwhile, will have their next action against Alabama-Birmingham.

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