After a season-opening 28-17 victory over Youngstown State, the Illinois Fighting Illini will look to improve to 2-0 for the second-straight season when Western Kentucky comes to Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 11 a.m.
In the win over YSU, sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt turned in the best Illini quarterback debut in terms of passing yards (285) and touchdowns (4) in school history. His first three TD passes put the Illini back in front, while his final one sealed the victory. After a slow start, Lunt shined in the fourth quarter, going 9-of-11 for 155 yards and three touchdowns to notch his first fourth-quarter comeback win with the Fighting Illini.
Newcomers to the Illini receiving corps - Geronimo Allison, Mike Dudek, and Malik Turner - accounted for nine receptions, 146 yards and a touchdown in their debuts on Saturday, 51.2 percent of Lunt's 285 passing yards.
The Illini continue to maintain they need to start fast, and a fast start could be vital against a high powered Western Kentucky offense. The defensive focus for week 2 will be keep the passing game in check and try to force more turnovers, something Illinois has had trouble doing in the past.