Josh Imatorbhebhe only had four catches in the win against Michigan State, but every one of them was extremely crucial.
By now, everyone has heard about the remarkable comeback by the Illini. With 20 unanswered points and a 27-3 run in the fourth quarter, Illinois posted the biggest comeback in school history with a win against the Spartans. It also made Illinois bowl eligible for the first time under Lovie Smith.
In the game, Imatorbhebhe recorded four catches, but they went for a total of 178 yards and two touchdowns. The first big play came just before the half as he caught a 46-yard hail Mary touchdown from Brandon Peters as time expired.
Two of Imatorbhebhe’s catches also came up big in the final quarter. He started the fourth-quarter scoring with an impressive 83-yard score, and Imatorbhebhe caught the crucial 37-yard pass to convert on 4th-and-17. That play set up Illinois’ eventual game-winner.
On Sunday, BTN’s Dave Revsine highlighted Imatorbhebhe as his BTN B1G Standout of Week 11. Checkout Revsine’s comments on Imatorbhebhe’s big performance:
He touched the ball only four times, but he made the most of every one.
— Illinois on BTN (@IllinoisOnBTN) November 10, 2019
At 6-4, Illinois moves on to a bye week before finishing the season with games at Iowa and against Northwestern.