E.B. Halsey's 66-yard kickoff return was a career-long as well as a season-long kick return for the Illini. Halsey's return was the 19th longest in school history and the longest since Travis Williams' and Eugene Wilson's 100-yard kickoff return against Purdue on October 12, 2002.
Halsey also set a career high in all-purpose yards with 271 yards. This marked the third time this season that Halsey surpassed the 200-yard mark in all-purpose yards. Halsey had 222 all-purpose yards against Missouri on August 30 and his previous career high of 239 all-purpose yards vs. California on September 20.
Halsey's four-yard rushing touchdown was the first rushing touchdown of his career and his two-touchdown game matched his career-high two touchdown performance last week against California. Halsey also matched his career high in receptions set last week versus California with seven receptions for 57 yards.
Jon Beutjer continued his climb up the Illinois record charts with his performance today. Beutjer moved past Scott Weaver into seventh place all-time in career passing completions with his 23 completions today, which gives him 324 completions for his career. Beutjer's 41 attempts vaulted him past Mike Wells and into eighth place on the career attempts list with 534 passing attempts.
Beutjer's 207 yards marked his seventh consecutive game with over 200 yards passing going back to last year's Wisconsin game on November 9, 2002.
Kelvin Hayden's nine receptions for 97 yards marked the second consecutive game he has led the Illini in both categories