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The interception, by Kurt Coleman at the Ohio State 12, probably cost Illinois points. And the Buckeyes took the ball 76 yards the other way for a Pryor touchdown pass to Dane Sanzenbacher and a 23-7 lead.
The Buckeyes kept Williams under heavy pressure, early by the blitz and later via a flood of white jerseys pouring through the Illini offensive line.
Williams was sacked just twice, but was forced to run out of pressure and either throw on the run or scramble for what he could get on another half-dozen plays.
The Buckeyes head into the last game of the regular season against Michigan with a title shot in sight.
Illinois has one game left to earn the sixth win that might get the Illini to a bowl game, perhaps the Motor City Bowl in Detroit.
Just a year ago, after Williams led them on an 8-minute drive that drained the clock and preserved a 28-21 win at Columbus, the Illini were on their way to the Rose Bowl.
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