Even With QB hurt, Defense Illini's Big Question

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence didn't hold back as he explained what went wrong with the Illini defense in Saturday's 45-14 loss at Arizona State.

He said Monday that defenders panicked. Spence said players were reading the wrong play-call signals in some cases and running the wrong plays.

The result was 410 yards of Arizona State offense and an embarrassing loss for the Illini (1-1).

Playing a game without starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase a problem, too. Replacements Reilly O'Toole and Miles Osei (oh-SAY') combined for three interceptions.

Coach Tim Beckman says he won't know until later in the week if his starting quarterback can play Saturday against Charleston Southern (0-2).


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