Postgame Notes - Illinois 56, South Dakota State 3


Sept. 10, 2011

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Illinois 56, South Dakota State 3
Sept. 10, 2011
Memorial Stadium // Attendance: 42,212

Team Notes

1. Illinois' 53-point margin of victory today is its largest since 1944, when the Illini defeated Illinois-Normal (Illinois State), 79-6.

2. Illinois' 56 points were its most at home since 2002, when the Illini scored 59 against Arkansas State.

3. Today's total of 364 rushing yards marks the most at Memorial Stadium since Oct. 31, 2009, when Illinois had 377 rushing yards against Michigan.

4. The Illini also totaled 519 total yards, marking the third time in their last five games that they have topped 500 yards.

5. Illinois rushed for six touchdowns against South Dakota State, equaling a mark last reached during the 2006 season, when the Illini tallied six rushing touchdowns against Eastern Illinois during a 42-17 victory (Sept. 2).

6. Illinois' three quarterbacks combined to complete 16-of-18 (.889) passes, breaking the school record for single-game completion percentage. The previous record was 20-of-24 (.833) against Arkansas State on Sept. 14, 2002.

7. In two games during the 2011 season, the Illinois defense has allowed only 18 total points (9.0 ppg), including only one touchdown. That marks the first time since the beginning of the 1999 season that the Illini held its first two opponents to fewer than 18 total points (13 combined points between Arkansas State and San Diego State).

8. Today marks the first time in the last 13 games the Illini held an opponent without a touchdown, dating back to when Illinois defeated Southern Illinois, 35-3, in the second week of the 2010 season (9/11).

9. Illinois held South Dakota State to 96 total offensive yards today, the first time since 1998 that the Illini defense kept an opponent under 100 total offensive yards. In 1998, the Illini limited Middle Tennessee State to 69 yards of offense on the game (Sept. 12).

10. Illinois held an opponent without points during the second half for the first time since defeating Penn State in Happy Valley, 33-13, on Oct. 9, 2010.

11. Of Illinois' 12 drives, the Orange and Blue scored touchdowns on eight of them, including seven of eight drives from the first quarter to the third. The only drive in that span without a touchdown was when Illinois regained possession with 16 seconds remaining in the first half. Illinois only punted twice in the game and didn't have any turnovers, with their other two drives being stopped by the end of the first half and end of game.

Individual Notes
1. Troy Pollard had a career day rushing against South Dakota State, totaling 101 yards on eight attempts (12.6 ypr), including a touchdown, to mark Illinois' eighth-straight game with a 100-yard rusher. Pollard's previous career high was 92 yards, achieved against Syracuse on Sept. 15, 2007.

2. Pollard also achieved his career-long run with a 61-yard burst in the first quarter. Pollard's previous best was 31 yards vs. Syracuse in 2007.

3. Nathan Scheelhaase rushed for 93 yards on nine attempts (10.3 ypr) against the Jackrabbits, including a career-high two rushing touchdowns.

4. Scheelhaase's day gives him 985 career rushing yards, 15 shy of making him only the second QB in program history with more than 1,000 yards rushing.

5. True-freshman quarterback Reilly O'Toole finished a perfect 9-for-9 passing with 50 yards and his first career touchdown in his second collegiate game.

6. True-freshman Donovonn Young also tallied two rushing scores on the day, his first touchdowns as an Illini.