CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A trick play and a stout Illinois defense added up to defeat for the Buckeyes in their Big Ten opener.

Ohio State cut the deficit to three (17-14) late in the third quarter thanks to a 66-yard punt return by Jeff Graham. But the Illini regained the momentum three plays later when wideouts Steve Williams and Mike Bellamy hooked up on a 34-yard TD pass.

The Buckeyes penetrated deep into Illini territory in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get into the end zone either time, fumbling once at the two-yard line and coming up a foot short on a fourth-and-four from the four.

The game was played on the Illini’s new turf, installed in 12 days after vandals burned nearly 50 yards of the old field.


Date League Season Attendance
October 7, 1989 Ohio State 1989 69,088


Ohio State0770214Loss


University of Illinois Memorial Stadium