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Northwestern-Illinois score update: Dan Vitale ties the game at 7-7 early in the first quarter

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO -- After punting on its first possession, Northwestern responded to an Illinois touchdown drive with a long drive of its own. Redshirt freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson found superback Dan Vitale for a 19-yard touchdown.

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The five-play, 76-yard drive also included a 48-yard completion from Thorson to wide receiver Austin Carr. The touchdown tied the game at 7-7 with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter.