Banks: Defense just happy to win

Banks: Defense just happy to win

The Illinois defense took a big step forward Saturday against Cincinnati. Just a week after giving up 34 points to Southern Illinois, the Illini cut that in half, allowing just 17 to the Bearcats. Freshman Taylor Barton picked off a pass, and the defense came up with that big goal line stand in the third quarter. Defensive coordinator Tim Banks was happy with the way they limited Cincinnati's big play ability but says they still have a long way to go. "From the first game there were some things we obviously needed to get corrected, and there's obviously some things from this game we need to get corrected," Banks said. "The win is the bottom line. Let's find a way to win. As long as we are doing that, I'm going to be extremely happy." Through two games Illinois is 10th in the Big Ten in total defense and ninth in scoring defense. Illinois will face Washington at Soldier Field in Chicago Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (BTN).
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois defense took a big step forward Saturday against Cincinnati.  Just a week after giving up 34 points to Southern Illinois, the Illini cut that in half, allowing just 17 to the Bearcats.

Freshman Taylor Barton picked off a pass, and the defense came up with that big goal line stand in the third quarter.  Defensive coordinator Tim Banks was happy with the way they limited Cincinnati's big play ability but says they still have a long way to go.

"From the first game there were some things we obviously needed to get corrected, and there's obviously some things from this game we need to get corrected," Banks said.  "The win is the bottom line.  Let's find a way to win.  As long as we are doing that, I'm going to be extremely happy."

Through two games Illinois is 10th in the Big Ten in total defense and ninth in scoring defense.  Illinois will face Washington at Soldier Field in Chicago Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (BTN).
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