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#pounditSunday, May 9, 2021

Watch: Lovie Smith carried by Illinois players after huge comeback win

Lovie Smith carried

Lovie Smith’s Illinois squad picked up a huge comeback win on Saturday, and the head coach received a nice gesture from his players.

Illinois was down 28-3 against Michigan State and came back to win 37-34, completing their largest comeback in program history. Not only was the comeback a major one for the program, but it also made the Illini bowl-eligible for the first time under Smith.

Here’s the play where they won the game:

After the win, Smith was carried on his players’ shoulders:

That was a huge boost for the program. Illinois went 3-9 and then 2-10 in their first two seasons under Smith. Then they went 4-8 last year and are 6-4 this season. It’s been a long process, which is what influenced the celebration.

The best part is Smith is making good on his preseason prediction:

Illinois still has games at Iowa and vs. Northwestern this season and could very easily get to seven wins.

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