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Illinois comes from behind to get win, defeats Hilltoppers, 42-34

  • Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against the Western Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against the Western Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois players celebrate after a fumble recovery during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Illinois players celebrate after a fumble recovery during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois tight end Jon Davis (3) is tackled by Western Kentucky linebacker Nick Holt (10) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sep. 6, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Illinois tight end Jon Davis (3) is tackled by Western Kentucky linebacker Nick Holt (10) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sep. 6, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt threw for three touchdowns and Taylor Barton returned an interception for a late score to secure a comeback win over Western Kentucky Saturday, 42-34.

Lunt was 35 of 50 with one interception for the Illini (2-0).

Barton picked off Hilltopper quarterback Brandon Doughty in the fourth quarter for a 77-yard touchdown that put Illinois up 35-27.

Illinois trailed 17-7 late in the second quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to tight end Tyler Higbee.

Western Kentucky (1-1) went ahead again in the third quarter on a 95-yard fumble return by cornerback Wonderful Terry

Hilltopper running back Leon Allen finished with 118 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Doughty was 28 of 48 for 297 yards, a touchdown and the interception.

Illinois wide receiver Justin Hardee caught six balls for 110 yards and one touchdown.