IL completes largest comeback in program history, beats Michigan State 37-34

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IL was down 28-3 against Michigan State and came back to win 37-34, completing the largest comeback in program history.

Trailing 25 in the second quarter, IL completed its largest comeback in program history by scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter.

After roughly 59 minutes and 50 seconds of this, Peters - a fourth-year former MI quarterback who joined IL as a graduate transfer this spring - took a shotgun snap from the MSU 5-yard line. Down 34-30, they converted fourth-and-17, then drew a pass interference flag in the end zone on another fourth-down pass. Not only was the comeback a major one for the program, but it also made the Illini bowl-eligible for the first time under Smith. They've done it by forcing turnovers all season long, including four Saturday.

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Can the Spartans take care of a suddenly red-hot IL team which has a win over Wisconsin this season or will the Illini pull off the road victory and drop Michigan State to 4-5 on the year?

But Illinois stayed alive with an 83-yard TD pass to Imatorbhebhe with 14:48 left and a 76-yard interception return by safety Sydney Brown with 4:53 left. A minute later, IL had six first-and-goal plays from inside the 4-yard line, aided by two Michigan State time outs and a pass interference flag on fourth-and-goal by cornerback Josh Butler.

Illinois: The Illini are off next weekend before playing at Iowa on November 23.

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