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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Down by a touchdown in the fourth quarter and 69 yards from the Illinois end zone, Purdue decided its best bet was to hand the ball to a freshman backup tailback.And why not?The Illini had shown no sign that they could stop Brian Lankford-Johnson, and they didnt on the game-tying drive. He had three carries for 41 yards before an 8-yard touchdown run by another backup, Richie Worship.Like Illinois three other losses this season, defense was a problem in the 34-31 overtime loss to the Boilermakers. And run defense in particular.Illinois (1-4, 0-2 Big Ten) is giving up 181.6 yards a game on the ground, 85th in the country and 11th in the 14-team Big Ten.Illinois started the season with talk about how its defense, and in particular its line, was its strength. All four of the starting linemen are seniors and at least one, defensive end Dawuane Smoot, is considered a likely NFL prospect.Coach Lovie Smith said this week that he still views the line as the teams strongest piece, but he noted that Purdue hit the interior of the Illini defense hard.They havent played well enough. That was our worst game that weve had, Smith said.Illinois is preparing for Rutgers (2-4, 0-3), which relies on the run to move the ball. The Scarlet Knights are last in the Big Ten in offense at 284 yards a game, but most of that, 166.3 yards, comes on the ground.Struggling against the run has become a habit for the Illini.Lankford-Johnson, who started only because Markell Jones was hurt, carried 18 times for 127 yards, 7.1 yards a carry. Two games earlier, an admittedly potent Western Michigan offense -- which is averaging 246.8 yards a game on the ground, 15th in the country -- rolled up 287 rushing yards on the Illini.Those big numbers might look better if the Illini defense was finding a way to get off the field when it matters most, but opponents are converting on 43.5 percent of their third-down conversions . Thats 12th in the conference.Smith was asked this week if, given his defensive background in the NFL and his teams struggles on that side of the ball, he should be more involved in coaching defense. The first-year Illinois coach said he is already doing enough.I am involved in the defense, all right? Smith said. As far as what I need to do, Im OK with figuring that out by myself, but I am involved in all phases of our team. So the things we dont like, its on me, and well continue to work to fix it.---Follow David Mercer on Twitter: (at)davidmercerAP Under Armour Scorpio Chrome . 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Under Armour Shoe Clearance Sale . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods.Mission Accomplished! My, how the worm turns. Go back approximately two weeks and there was much consternation in Winnipeg about head coach Tim Burke not playing his starters enough during the preseason and getting embarrassingly outscored in the two contests "a lot to a little." Follow that up with a disappointing home-opening and stadium-opening loss featuring a sputtering offence that insisted on giving the ball away, and questions continued to pour in about the faltering Blue Bombers. Fast forward to the present and the Bombers are sitting at 1-1 after a bone-crunching performance by their defence on the road at Percival Molson Stadium; a defence that swarmed all over what appeared to be a shell-shocked and ill-prepared Alouettes team. Seven times the "Bomb Squad" got to their target, Anthony Calvillo, bringing their total number of kills to 11 on the season (all on Calvillo.) Heres a statistic that may help bring things into perspective on how stifling the "Blue Swarm" was on Thursday evening: the Als only ran 47 offensive plays through 60 minutes of football; seven of which resulted in a total loss of 37 yards. Thats less than 12 plays a quarter, which is typically one good drive for the once dangerous offence; just 122 yards net offence; and only 2.6 average yards per play. But wait a minute; it gets even scarier on (20) second down plays: the "Black and Blue Bunch" held Montreal to 28 yards TOTAL! Thats 1.2 yards per play. Ouch! No wonder AC was so upset! He was frustrated and taken off his game in rare fashion. In fact, thats the most hes been sacked in one game in the last five seasons. Its not often you see the record-setting, even-keeled, stoic, legendary quarterback so discombobulated. But when you do see it happen, its the same song and dance, same tune being sung and same blue print applied: relentless pressure and a constant attack on where AC setss up shop, seven yards straight behind the center! The mission was planned, the assault was flawless and the target was terminated.dddddddddddd While the "Blue Storm Defence" was on its game, showing you how destructive and effective a defensive unit can be when working together, the offence still has some work to do! Too many times the ball was given to the opposition, making the performance of the "Flying Muambas" even more impressive. Four turnovers on offence and another on special teams and the "Terminators" had to deal with what defenses call "sudden change;" when the ball is turned over and suddenly they find themselves back in action! They were up to the challenge however, holding AC and company to only four points. Two weeks in a row the Bombers have lost the turnover battle (5-1 in Week 1 and 5-3 in Week 2). Winning the turnover battle is usually a telltale sign how a team is performing. Often its the one stat that decides who wins and loses, but it may not matter with the kind of defensive performance we saw against Montreal the other night.If the Bombers can clean up their act offensively and limit the turnovers, watch out. Why? Ill tell you why. I can say this with extreme confidence: defences CAN determine the outcome of a football game by cranking up their intensity and bringing wave after wave of relentless pressure. I remember being sacked 10 times in the 86 Grey Cup by a vicious Hamilton Tiger-Cats defence that dominated the line of scrimmage en route to a Grey Cup Championship. After the game I basically went straight to the hospital and had both my knee and elbow operated on, all from the bombardment of an overpowering defence. Defences do win championships and the effort we saw the other night, by whatever you want to call the men on that side of the ball for the Bombers, was of championship caliber and intensity. Just ask AC! Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '