Michigan responded with a long drive capped by Shea Patterson's 5-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Patterson ran for a score after Michigan forced a turnover at the Illini 1 to seal it for Michigan.
Matt Robinson, starting for the injured quarterback Brandon Peters, a graduate transfer from Michigan, was 16 of 25 for 192 yards and one touchdown for Illinois. He also ran for a score. Michigan racked up 489 yards total offense to Illinois' 256.
THE TAKEAWAY Michigan: Coming off a 10-7 victory against Iowa, Michigan's offense looked a lot better, but Illinois' defense can do that to an opponent. Michigan lost two more fumbles, raising its season total to nine lost on a total of 17 fumbles.
Illinois: Credit the Illini for coming back against a good defense with a backup quarterback, but the turnovers helped a lot. POLL IMPLICATIONS Michigan could lose a little ground after a sloppy performance, but probably not much if any.
UP NEXT Michigan: Travels to No. 10 Penn State. Illinois: Hosts No. 8 Wisconsin.
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