Illinois entered Saturday’s game as a double-digit underdog, but Lovie Smith’s squad is not playing that way against Nebraska.

The first half has been all Illini with Huskers quarterback Luke McCaffrey throwing a lateral on an awkward play to start the game. That resulted in a fumble called on the field that was recovered by Illinois deep in Nebraska’s territory.

Since then, Illinois had built a 21-10 lead before Mike Epstein took over. He picked up a huge chunk of change on this run, going around left end and down the sideline for 58 yards:

After getting down near the goal line, the Illini once again went to Epstein who capped the drive off with a short run:

As that game heads to the half, Illinois has scored 28 points against Nebraska. That’s the best output in a single half against a B1G team by the Illini in over 10 years.

After a late win against Rutgers last weekend, it looks like Illinois is trying to put this one away early.