After a week long waiting game, quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase didn't start, nor did he go in the game during the first half.
Reilly O'Toole got the start, but was ineffective on Illinois' first two drives of the game.
Arizona State built a 14-0 lead behind 10 of 10 passing from quarterback Taylor Kelly. The Sun Devils finished the first quarter with 193 total yards, including 30 yards and a touchdown from tailback Cameron Marshall.
Miles Osei entered the game on Illinois' third drive, leading the Illini on an 11 play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 17-yard touchdown run by Donovonn Young.
Despite the offensive awakening, the Illinois defense simply couldn't stop the ASU passing attack. Backup quarterback Michael Eubank threw for his first and second career touchdown passes, extending the lead to 28-7.
Play of the half: Arizona State opened the game with a torrid pace on the first drive. Eight plays and 68 yards later, the Sun Devils were poised to score a touchdown before running back Cameron Marshall fumbled at the one-yard line. Akeem Spence forced the fumble - Pat Nixon-Youman recovered it.
Stat of the half: Average yards per play. ASU is averaging 8.7 yards per play, while the Illini are gaining just below five on each snap.
What went right: The Illini have been able to run the football. Unfortunately, the score dictates more passing. Josh Ferguson has 43 yards on eight carries. Donovonn Young scored on a 17-yard scamper and has 37 yards. As a team, the Illini are gaining 5.4 yards per carry.
What went wrong: Arizona State has had essentially no trouble passing the ball. Quarterbacks Taylor Kelly and Michael Eubank are 16 of 18 with 241 yards and three touchdowns.