Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio) - September 28, 2013


Sept. 28, 2013

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Illinois Postgame Notes
Illinois 50, Miami (Ohio) 14
Memorial Stadium // Sept. 28, 2013 // Attendance: 46,890

Team Notes

1. Illinois has scored a school-record 161 points over its first four games, eclipsing the previous record of 158 points in the first four games of 1914, a year when the Illini won Big Ten and national titles.

2. UI has now scored 40-plus points in three consecutive home games, doing so for the first in Memorial Stadium history.

3. The Illini posted 50 points in a game for the first time since scoring 56 points against South Dakota State on Sept. 10, 2011.

4. Illinois racked up 394 total yards (264 passing, 130 rushing) of offense in the first half, marking the fourth-highest total ever in a single half and third-most in a first half for Illinois.

5. The Illini finished with 601 yards of total offense, surpassing 600 yards for the first time since Nov. 3, 2007 when they tallied 655 yards.

6. Illinois' tight ends collected four touchdown receptions with two by Matt LaCosse and one each by Evan Wilson and Jon Davis. Last season, Illinois' tight ends caught three touchdowns all year with two by Eddie Viliunas and one by Jon Davis.

7. With the victory, Illinois snapped 10-game losing streak when coming off a bye. The Illini last won after a bye week on Oct. 26, 2002 when they topped Indiana, 45-14.

8. Illinois did not punt in a game for the first time since Sept. 14, 2002 in a 59-7 win over Arkansas State.

9. Entering the game, the Illini were tied for the Big Ten lead and 10th in FBS with 13 pass plays of 25-plus yards. They added four 25-plus yard pass plays in the first half to bring their season total to 17.

10. With the win, Illinois improved to 3-0 all-time against Miami (Ohio) and 10-2 against the MAC.

11. Illinois scored 36 points in the first half, marking the most points in a first half since notching 38 in a 44-17 win at California on Sept. 1, 2001. The 36 points in the opening stanza is more than the combined total of Illinois' final three games of 2012 (34 points: 3-17-14).

Individual Notes

1. Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase set a school-record with four touchdown passes in the second quarter on his way to career-high five touchdown tosses in the first half, which equaled the school record held by Dave Wilson (at Ohio State, 11/8/80) and Tom O'Connell (vs. Washington, 10/11/52).

2. Scheelhaase passed Jason Verduzco (42) and moved into fourth on the all-time list with 46 career touchdown passes. His five touchdown passes today were more than he had all of the 2012 season (4) and mark the first time an Illini quarterback has had five TD passes against an FBS opponent since Juice Williams against Missouri on Aug. 30, 2008.

3. Scheelhaase turned in four 20-plus yard pass plays, bringing his season total to 20 and surpassing his 2012 total of 18.

4. Junior tight end Matt LaCosse caught his first two career touchdowns, with a 2-yard TD grab in the first quarter and a career-long 45-yard TD catch in the second quarter. He finished with career highs for receiving yards (68) and receptions (3). He also hauled in a two-point conversion pass from holder Tim Russell for the second time this season and the third time in his career, and recovered an onside kick for the Illini in the second quarter.

5. As of the end of Illinois' game, sophomore running back Josh Ferguson led FBS in receiving yards by a running back with 262 yards after leading the Illini with five receptions for 77 yards.

6. Freshman quarterback Aaron Bailey rushed for his third career touchdown and set career highs for carries (6) and rushing yards (56).

7. Redshirt-freshman Devin Church earned his first career touchdown with a 12-yard TD run in the third quarter.

8. Senior linebacker Jonathan Brown, who entered the game third in FBS in tackles, led Illinois in tackles for the fourth-straight game with nine, bringing his season total to 47. Fellow linebacker Mason Monheim was second on the team with eight tackles, giving the duo of Brown and Monheim 85 combined tackles for the season. Brown and Monheim ranked 1-2 in the Big Ten in tackles entering today's game.