Illinois looks for slow-start fix against Bobcats

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has been a strong second-half team so far this season, though the first halves have left the Illini in trouble.

Illinois (2-1) has trailed at the half of every game so far.

Texas State (1-1) comes to Champaign Saturday and might provide the antidote.

The Bobcats trailed Navy 28-0 midway through the first quarter last weekend. They have a strong quarterback in Tyler Jones and Texas State coach Dennis Franchione says protecting him will be the key to success.

If the Illini do struggle, quarterback Wes Lunt could get a chance for more late-game heroics. He's thrown for more than 300 fourth-quarter yards this season.

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