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Lunt's late touchdowns help Illinois avoid upset by Youngstown State 28-17

  • Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Youngstown State, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Youngstown State, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois defensive back V'Angelo Bentley (2) returns a kickoff during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Youngstown State, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Illinois defensive back V'Angelo Bentley (2) returns a kickoff during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Youngstown State, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

  • Youngstown State head coach Eric Wolford looks down during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Youngstown State head coach Eric Wolford looks down during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

It took a while but new quarterback Wes Lunt delivered a come-from-behind 28-17 win Saturday for Illinois over Youngstown State in a season opener.

Lunt threw three late touchdowns for Illinois. The second was a 15-yarder to running back Josh Ferguson that put Illinois up for good 21-17.

Lunt finished the day 24 of 38 for 285 yards and four touchdowns. He used nine different receivers.

Lunt's highly anticipated debut after his transfer from Oklahoma State started slowly. The Illini had seven first downs by halftime and clung to a 7-6 lead.

The Penguins took a 17-14 lead with 10:57 left in the game on a 2-yard Brian Ruiz touchdown and a 2-point conversion by quarterback Dante Nania.

Ruiz finished with 32 carries for 116 yards and one touchdown. Nania was 11 of 24 for 177 yards.