Mississippi St beats Illinois in 1st game since Leach death


              Mississippi State cornerback Marcus Banks (1) runs a fumble back 60-yards for a score against Illinois during the second half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Illinois defensive back Matthew Bailey (2) intercepts a Mississippi State pass during the first half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. Looking on is wide receiver Jaden Walley (11). (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Illinois wide receiver Casey Washington (14) tries to get around Mississippi State cornerback Emmanuel Forbes after a catch during the first half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito (3) gets sacked by Mississippi State defensive tackle Jaden Crumedy (94) during the first half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Illinois running back Reggie Love III (23) gets past Mississippi State safety Shawn Preston Jr. (12) and linebacker Jett Johnson (44) during the first half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito (3) throws a pass during the first half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game against Mississippi State Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Mississippi State running back Jo'quavious Marks and the rest of the team wear stickers on their helmets in honor of former coach Mike Leach during the first half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game against Illinois Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. Leach passed away Dec. 13, 2022, from a heart condition. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers (2) throws a pass against Illinois during the first half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Mississippi State players warm up near a painting of "Mike" on the field before the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game against Illinois Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. The painting is in honor of their former head coach Mike Leach, who died Dec. 13, 2022, from a heart condition. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Mississippi State place kicker Massimo Biscardi (29) celebrates after kicking a field goal against Illinois during the second half of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
            
              Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers runs with a "Mike" flag in honor of former coach Mike Leach at the end of the ReliaQuest Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. Mississippi State defeated Illinois. Leach died on Dec. 13, 2022, from a heart condition. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Mississippi St beats Illinois in 1st game since Leach death