Covering the Land of Lincoln

Best photos of Illinois’ opening win over Wyoming

It was just what Illinois head football coach Bret Bielema was looking for in the Illini’s opener. Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito made his first start at quarterback for Illinois, completing 27-of-37 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns.

“I thought Tommy really showed great composure,” Illinois coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s a very accurate passer. He had some glitches today, but things we can definitely clean up.”

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After a 2021 season that saw him finish as a 1,000-yard rusher, Illinois running back Chase Brown got his 2022 campaign off to a nice start as well. He finished with 151 rushing yards on 19 carries and a pair of rushing scores. Brown added a 14-yard touchdown grab, too.

“We’ve got to be better going into Big Ten play to really make a statement,” Brown said. “We did what we were supposed to today. We all knew that we would win this game, but it’s going in there next week against Indiana where we can really make a statement.”

Illinois will turn its attention next to Indiana. In the meantime, let’s take a look back on the best photos from the Illini’s season-opening win.

Wyoming v Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Jordyn Slaughter #66, Ryan Meed #34 and Chase Brown #2 of…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Jordyn Slaughter #66, Ryan Meed #34 and Chase Brown #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini take the field prior to the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: A general view of Memorial Stadium during the third quarter between…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: A general view of Memorial Stadium during the third quarter between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Wyoming Cowboys on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Connor Shay #33 of the Wyoming Cowboys celebrates a tackle against…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Connor Shay #33 of the Wyoming Cowboys celebrates a tackle against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Sydney Brown #30 of the Illinois Fighting Illini breaks up a…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Sydney Brown #30 of the Illinois Fighting Illini breaks up a pass in the endzone intended for Treyton Welch #81 of the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Tommy DeVito #3 of the Illinois Fighting Illini throws a pass…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Tommy DeVito #3 of the Illinois Fighting Illini throws a pass against the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Andrew Peasley #6 of the Wyoming Cowboys throws a pass against…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Andrew Peasley #6 of the Wyoming Cowboys throws a pass against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Isaiah Williams #1 of the Illinois Fighting Illini breaks a tackle…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Isaiah Williams #1 of the Illinois Fighting Illini breaks a tackle from DeVonne Harris #93 of the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Chase Brown #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates against the…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Chase Brown #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates against the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Chase Brown #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini is tackled out…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Chase Brown #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini is tackled out of bounds by Jakorey Hawkins #7 of the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Devon Witherspoon #31 of the Illinois Fighting Illini is tackled after…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Devon Witherspoon #31 of the Illinois Fighting Illini is tackled after intercepting a pass from Andrew Peasley #6 of the Wyoming Cowboys (not pictured) during the first half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Devon Witherspoon #31 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates after intercepting…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Devon Witherspoon #31 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates after intercepting a pass from Andrew Peasley #6 of the Wyoming Cowboys (not pictured) during the first half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Pat Bryant #13 of the Illinois Fighting Illini reaches for a…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Pat Bryant #13 of the Illinois Fighting Illini reaches for a touchdown against Wrook Brown #23 of the Wyoming Cowboys during the second half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Pat Bryant #13 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates a touchdown…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Pat Bryant #13 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates a touchdown with Casey Washington #14 against the Wyoming Cowboys during the second half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Reggie Love III #23 of the Illinois Fighting Illini runs for…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Reggie Love III #23 of the Illinois Fighting Illini runs for a touchdownagainst the Wyoming Cowboys during the second half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Chase Brown #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates a touchdown…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Chase Brown #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates a touchdown with teammates against the Wyoming Cowboys during the second half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Titus Swen #2 of the Wyoming Cowboys is tackled by Ezekiel…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Titus Swen #2 of the Wyoming Cowboys is tackled by Ezekiel Holmes #33 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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NCAA Football: Wyoming at Illinois

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Pat Bryant (13) makes this…

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Pat Bryant (13) makes this reception against Wyoming in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Chase Brown (2) runs into…

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Chase Brown (2) runs into Wyoming defenders in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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NCAA Football: Wyoming at Illinois

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Calvin Hart Jr. (5) reacts after…

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Calvin Hart Jr. (5) reacts after s stop against the Wyoming Cowboys in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Brian Hightower (7) runs the…

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Brian Hightower (7) runs the ball after a catch while pursued by Wyoming Cowboys cornerback Cam Stone (4) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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NCAA Football: Wyoming at Illinois

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Pat Bryant (13) tries to…

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Pat Bryant (13) tries to elude Wyoming Cowboys free safety Isaac White (42) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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NCAA Football: Wyoming at Illinois

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Daniel Edwards (2) attempts to…

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Daniel Edwards (2) attempts to intercept the ball from Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Will Pelissier (83) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Chase Brown (2) reacts after…

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Chase Brown (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first half against Wyoming at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Head coach Bret Bielema of the Illinois Fighting Illini reacts against…

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Head coach Bret Bielema of the Illinois Fighting Illini reacts against the Wyoming Cowboys during the second half at Memorial Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Calvin Hart Jr. (5) celebrates with…

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Calvin Hart Jr. (5) celebrates with teammates after Saturday’s win over Wyoming at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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