Postgame Notes


Sept. 4, 2010

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ILLINOIS Postgame Notes
Missouri 23, Illinois 13
Edward Jones Dome // Sept. 4, 2010 // 58,060

1. Nathan Scheelhaase's first career scoring drive spanned 9:14 in the first quarter, with the redshirt-freshman quarterback connecting on 2-of-3 passes for 12 yards and rushing for 24 yards on six carries.

2. Nathan Scheelhaase threw his first career touchdown pass with a 13-yard TD strike to A.J. Jenkins, capping an eight-play, 82-yard scoring drive.

3. The TD reception by Jenkins was his sixth career touchdown and fifth career touchdown reception.

4. Mikel Leshoure rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth time in his career, netting 112 yards on the ground. He was Illinois' first 100-yard rusher since he gained 150 against Michigan on Oct. 31, 2009.

5. Leshoure also notched the longest play from scrimmage on the day with a 42-yard scamper in the second quarter.

6. Derek Dimke's career-long 52-yard field goal tied the sixth-longest boot in school history and was the longest Illinois field goal since Doug Higgins' 53-yarder against Minnesota on Oct. 31, 1987. Dimke's previous career-best was a 48-yard field goal in 2009 against Cincinnati.

7. Illinois' defense held Missouri to only 98 rushing yards, marking the fourth time since Sept. 12, 2009, that the Illini have held their opponent under 100 rushing yards.

8. Linebacker Ian Thomas tied his career high with 13 tackles in today's game, equaling the 13 stops he racked up against Mizzou last year. Thomas' 1.5 TFLs also marked a new career high, topping the four times he had notched one TFL.

9. Cornerback Travon Bellamy also recorded a career-high 12 tackles, besting his nine stops against Penn State on Sept. 27, 2008. Bellamy also added a TFL and a PBU.

10. Defensive tackle Corey Liuget tied his career high with 2.5 TFLs, equaling his total against Michigan on Oct. 31, 2009. Linebacker Nate Bussey also marked a new career high with two TFLs.

11. Illinois did not punt until the 13-minute mark in the third quarter.

12. Martez Wilson forced his second career fumble, while Tavon Wilson notched the first fumble recovery of his career.

13. The Illini's opening scoring drive consisted of 17 plays over 9:14, tying the longest scoring drive by plays (17) from 2009 (Indiana, Oct. 17).

14. The opening field goal also gave the Illini their first lead in the Arch Rivalry series since they took a 6-0 lead during the first quarter of the 2007 contest.

15. Illinois led Missouri 13-3 at halftime, marking the first time the Illini held the advantage at half during the six years of the Arch Rivalry series.

16. By starting today's game, Scheelhaase became just the third redshirt-freshman in Illinois history to start a season opener. Scott Weaver (1993) and Rich Weiss (1978) are the only other two redshirt-freshmen to accomplish the feat.