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Mistakes Send Illini From Unbeaten Ranks

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Ohio State used a conservative, ball control offense and stout defense to upset the Fighting Illini Saturday in Memorial Stadium 17-7, ending their six game winning streak. Like days of yesteryear, it was a game of field position and defense. The team making fewer errors wins that type of game, and today it was the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has been a dominant team for many years, yet they were the wounded underdogs coming into this game. Illinois football coach Ron Zook knew they would play their best game; he was disappointed his Illini didn't match fire with fire. "Ohio State's a good football team. They've lost a couple games. They knew they had to come in here and win the game. As I said all week, we had to...

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