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Run game picking up after slow start

The Illinois running game is starting to get things going after a slow start to the year. Four weeks after rushing for just 49 yards in their season opener against SIU, the Illini ran for a season-high 289 yards against Miami.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois running game is starting to get things going after a slow start to the year.  Four weeks after rushing for just 49 yards in their season opener against SIU, the Illini ran for a season-high 289 yards against Miami.

Right now Illinois is averaging 171 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 11th out of 12 teams in the Big Ten.  They still have a long way to go, but offensive coordinator Bill Cubit thought they took a big step forward on Saturday.

"It's better.  I think Donovonn Young is running a little bit better," Cubit said.  "I think he's more downhill.  Of course Josh [Ferguson], you've got to make sure you're smart with him, and when you get the ball in his hands it's a lot of fun watching him run."

This week's opponent, Nebraska, is one of the worst in the Big Ten in rushing defense, so Illinois should have a chance to move the ball on the ground Saturday (11 a.m., ESPNU).
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