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UI offense uses bye week to get in sync

For the first few weeks of the season, the Illinois offense was one of the most explosive in the Big Ten, but last week against Nebraska the Illini looked just average on the offensive side of the ball.
CHAMPAIGN -- For the first few weeks of the season, the Illinois offense was one of the most explosive in the Big Ten, but last week against Nebraska the Illini looked just average on the offensive side of the ball.

That's something they worked on extensively during the bye week - trying to get the offense back in sync.  Illinois scored a season-low 19 points at Nebraska.  They were only 4-of-15 on third down conversions, and they were physically out-manned by the Nebraska defensive front.

"We didn't start very fast at Nebraska," said senior lineman Ted Karras.  "We got down early, and we didn't have the big plays that we usually do.  It seemed like we were trying to get in a rhythm a lot.  I think we've gotten that corrected over the bye week as far as what we need to do.  It seems like it was always just one guy every time."
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