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Miami At Illinois Halftime Update: RedHawks Trail 36-0

Miami is playing poorly against Illinois. Not that this surprises anyone. The RedHawks entered the game as one of the worst defenses in college football, allowing 486 yards and 35 points per game. Through one half, they are well ontheir way to matching those numbers and some. They've allowed 394 yards, and trail 36-0 at halftime.

In seven offensive possessions, the Fighting Illini has scored five touchdowns, all on passing touchdowns from quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. An interception ended one Illinois drive and a missed field goal just before halftime ended the other, but besides those two mistakes, Illinois and offensive coordinator Bill Cubit have had little issues moving the ball.

Conversely Miami's offense is anemic. Through one half, the RedHawks have completed one pass. One. A 21 yard throw from Austin Boucher to Fred McRae. The 'Hawks read option offense continues to struggle and after some initial success (4 first downs in the first quarter) they've slipped back into their woeful ways.

At half they have 104 total offensive yards, compared to 138 yards by Miami punter Zac Murphy. The defense is playing equally as bad, as evidenced by the stats.