The Illinois Fighting Illini had been on the verge of an enormous upset within the Massive Home towards No. 3 Michigan, forcing the Wolverines to transform a 4th and three with a minute to go, by far their most essential play of the season.
The Wolverines’ College Football Playoff hopes had been driving on the play. They acquired the primary down, however it could possibly definitely be argued they ran an unlawful decide play.
Illinois was referred to as for a defensive cross interference a play later to arrange Michigan’s game-winning 35-yard discipline aim.
Illinois head coach Bret Bielema criticized the officers after the sport.
“I am extraordinarily pissed off. Very indignant. Very upset,” Bielema informed reporters, by way of CBS Sports activities. “I feel our children did loads to win the soccer recreation and to repeatedly simply have issues go towards us, very pissed off. You have to get up to your individuals that you just consider in. I consider in our locker room massive time, and I do know that they will rise as much as the problem as soon as once more.”
Bielema also took to Twitter to throw shade on the refs.
“We are going to work all week in apply to defend this play particularly on 4th down,” he stated in a tweet by which the controversial fourth down conversion is shared.
Illinois entered the fourth quarter with a 17-10 lead however allowed three unanswered discipline objectives within the fourth.
Michigan improved to 11-0, establishing a must-watch recreation towards No. 2 Ohio State subsequent week in Columbus. It’s going to be the primary time the 2 groups face off as undefeated squads since 2006, a recreation dubbed the “Recreation of the Century,” which led to a 42-39 win for the Buckeyes at dwelling.
The Illini fell to 7-4 and 4-4 in convention play, one recreation behind Purdue, Iowa, and Minnesota, making their likelihood at a Massive 10 championship recreation look way more tough.