Illinois survived a major scare in Week 1, holding off Kent State 31-24 in a B1G-MAC showdown.

The Fighting Illini found themselves down 17-3 in the first half, but they scratched and clawed their way back into the matchup and were able to hang on for a touchdown-victory.

Here’s what Illinois head coach Lovie Smith had to say following the 1-0 start and looking ahead to Western Illinois in Week 2:

On defeating Kent State:

On individual performances:

On Mike Dudek’s season-ending injury: