Paddock’s Pass Wins in Overtime for Illinois

Lyn Scarbrough

November 14, 2023 at 12:53 pm.

It had been a back-and-forth game in Champaign, Ill. The visiting Indiana Hoosiers led 27-26 at intermission, but lost the lead and had to score with just 28 seconds left to tie the game at 42-42, forcing overtime.

Indiana scored first in OT with a field goal, taking a 45-42 lead. But, Illini wide receiver Isaiah Williams changed that quickly. He caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Paddock to secure the victory, 48-45.

The game-winning reception has been chosen as the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish “Catch of the Week.”

For the game, Williams caught nine passes for 200 yards and two scores, including the overtime winner. Paddock completed 24 of 36 passes for 507 yards and four touchdowns. It was his first start for Illinois since transferring from Ball State. He was playing in place of injured starter Luke Altmyer.

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