Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Cincinnati - September 7, 2013


Sep 7, 2013

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Illinois Postgame Notes
Illinois 45, RV/RV Cincinnati 17
Memorial Stadium // Sept. 7, 2013 // Attendance: 43,031

Team Notes
1. With today's win over the Bearcats, Illinois improved to 1-1 all-time against Cincinnati and started the year 2-0 for the second time in the past three seasons (UI began the 2011 season 6-0).

2. Following Illinois' goal-line stand that forced a turnover on downs with 7:55 left in the third quarter, the Illini out-scored the Bearcats 24-7, including scoring the game's final 17 points.

3. The Illini converted 9-of-15 third downs, while holding Cincinnati to 3-of-13 on third down conversions and 0-of-2 on fourth down, including the game-changing goal-line stop in the third quarter. Illinois averaged 11.8 yards on its nine third-down conversions, with seven of the nine going for nine yards or more.

4. The Orange and Blue held the Cincinnati offense under 20 points for only the second time in the past 18 games, dating back to Nov. 26, 2011. The only other team to achieve the feat was Rutgers in a 10-3 Scarlet Knight victory on Nov. 17, 2012.

5. Illinois registered 40-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010 when they topped Purdue 44-10 on Oct. 30 and fell to Michigan 67-65 on Nov. 6.

6. The Illini racked up 522 yards of total offense, marking the first time they surpassed 500 yards in a game since Oct. 8, 2011, at Indiana. They notched 210 yards on the ground, marking their first time over 200 rushing yards since Sept. 8, 2012, at Arizona State.

7. Illinois tallied nine plays of 20-plus yards against Cincinnati and has totaled 16 plays of 20-plus yards on the season. Entering the weekend, UI was tied for the national lead with seven plays of 20-plus yards.

8. In the third quarter, Illinois matched its longest drive in school history, covering 99 yards on 12 plays over 5:07. It marks the fifth time since 1971 the Illini have recorded a 99-yard drive, with the last coming on Oct. 21, 2009, against Michigan.

9. Six different Illini recorded a touchdown in a game for the first time since Sept. 10, 2011, in a 56-3 win over South Dakota State.

Individual Notes
1. Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase equaled his career high with four passing touchdowns, with each going 20-plus yards to four different receivers (48-yard pass to Josh Ferguson, 23-yard pass to Evan Wilson, 22-yard pass to Steve Hull and 26-yard pass to Martize Barr). His other performance with four passing TDs came against Purdue on Oct. 30, 2010.

2. Scheelhaase jumped two spots into fifth place on the Illinois career list with 40 career touchdowns, passing Tony Eason (38) and Jon Beutjer (39).

3. Scheelhaase finished 26-of-37 with 312 yards, marking the first time he has passed for 300 yards in back-to-back games in his career. The last Illinois quarterback to have consecutive 300-yard passing games was Juice Williams at Michigan (310, 10/4/2008) and vs. Minnesota (462, 10/11/2008).

4. Senior wide receiver Ryan Lankford rushed for a career-high 46 yards, including his first career rushing touchdown on a 29-yard end-around in the second quarter.

5. Senior wide receiver Steve Hull collected his first career touchdown catch in his second game at wide receiver. He finished with 53 yards on three receptions and is averaging 23.4 yards per reception (5 catches, 117 yards) on the season.

6. Junior Martize Barr earned his first career touchdown reception and led the Illini with five catches for 72 yards.

7. Sophomore running back Josh Ferguson earned his second career receiving touchdown in as many games, with both going for 45-plus yards (48-yard TD vs. Cincinnati and 53-yard TD vs. Southern Illinois last week).

8. Senior tight end Evan Wilson caught his sixth career touchdown and first TD since Oct. 15, 2011, against Ohio State.

9. Redshirt-freshman safety Taylor Barton notched his first career interception in his second career start. 10. Senior linebacker Jonathan Brown led the team in tackles for the second-straight game with 14 tackles, including 10 in the first half.