Illinois has lost four in a row since beating Nebraska in the season opener.
Rocky Lombardi rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another.
Evan Hull rushed for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns
The Blue Devils' defense forced Northwestern into punt or a turnover on its first seven drives.
The Wolverines (3-0) scored touchdowns on their first nine drives, eight of them on the ground.
Joseph Petrino kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to lift Maryland over Illinois 20-17 on Friday night.
After a season-opening win against Big Ten foe Nebraska, Illinois has lost two straight at the hands of UTSA and Virginia and is looking for a something to help right the ship.
The Broncos were driving, up 28-0 with 5:30 left in the game when the stadium lights went out, causing a brief delay.
Wide receiver Deuce Spann caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter for the Illini, and running back Chase Brown capped the opening drive of the second half with a 21-yard scoring run.
Evan Hull led the way for a Wildcats rushing unit that surpassed last week's 117 total yards against Michigan State at the half and finished with 209.
Rocky Lombardi's 2-point pass to Tyrice Richie with 38 seconds remaining lifted Northern Illinois to a stunning 22-21 upset win over Georgia Tech.
All-American safety Brandon Joseph remembers what happened when Northwestern visited Michigan State last year.
Illinois starting quarterback Brandon Peters left the game holding his left (non-throwing) shoulder after being sacked hard near the end of the first quarter and was replaced by Artur Sitkowski.
Jerry Harkness, who led Loyola Chicago to a barrier-breaking national basketball championship and a was civil rights pioneer, has died. He was 81.
The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten and Pac-12 are forming an alliance to work together on the future of college athletics and scheduling.
The Big Ten is the latest Power Five conference to announce that a team must forfeit if it doesn’t have enough players available for a league game because of COVID-19.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sister Jean of Loyola University Chicago turns 102-years-old on Saturday.
With a new coaching staff and a host of new players, Illinois enters the season as a bit of a mystery in the Big Ten Conference.
Pat Fitzgerald insisted things will be different for Northwestern this time.
Ayo Dosunmu was sure of one thing. No way were there 37 players better than him in this draft.