Illinois rips Northwestern, falls short in Big Ten West bid


              Illinois head coach Bret Bielema calls his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern running back Evan Hull is tackled by Illinois defenders during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Illinois running back Chase Brown (2) runs past Northwestern defensive back Devin Turner during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Illinois running back Chase Brown (2) is helped by medical personel during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern quarterback Cole Freeman is tackled by Illinois defensive back Tyler Strain during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Northwestern running back Cam Porter is tackled by Illinois linebacker Isaac Darkangelo (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Illinois wide receiver Casey Washington is tackled by Northwestern defensive back Cameron Mitchell during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            
              Illinois running back Reggie Love III (23) is tackled by Northwestern defensive lineman Adetomiwa Adebawore during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
            Illinois offensive lineman Alex Palczewski runs on the field with the Land of Lincoln Trophy after Illinois defeated Northwestern 41-3 in an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Illinois wide receiver Brian Hightower celebrates after Illinois defeated Northwestern 41-3 in an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)