Oct. 2, 2010
ILLINOIS Postgame Notes
No. 2 Ohio State 24, Illinois 13
Memorial Stadium // Oct. 2, 2010 // 62,870
- Ohio State entered today's game with the NCAA's third-ranked scoring offense (49.2 points per game) and the nation's eighth-ranked total offense unit (506.8 yards per game). The Illini defense, however, held the Buckeyes significantly below those figures, allowing totals of 24 points and 290 yards.
- This is the first time Ohio State has been held to under 300 yards since Oct. 17, 2009, at Purdue, when the Buckeyes finished with 287 yards.
- The Buckeyes, meanwhile, managed just 77 yards passing after entering the game with an average of 266.5 passing yards. OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor had season-low totals of nine completions and 76 yards. It was Pryor's fewest completions and yards since Nov. 21, 2009, at Michigan, when he completed nine passes for 67 yards.
- Trulon Henry recorded a pair of interceptions today, the first INTs of the season for the Fighting Illini. He intercepted a Terrelle Pryor pass in the second quarter and picked off a Joe Bauserman pass in the third quarter. Henry is the first Illini defender in six years to tally two interceptions in a game, since Kelvin Hayden against Florida A&M in 2004.
- Jarred Fayson had a breakout game for the Illini. He caught eight passes for 83 yards, setting career highs in both categories. Fayson also completed the first pass of his career, throwing a 23-yarder to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in the first quarter.
- Mikel Leshoure had 80 yards rushing today, giving him 1,338 for his career. He is the 24th player in school history to surpass 1,300 career yards rushing, moving up three spots from his No. 27 ranking coming into today's game.
- Martez Wilson was the Illini's leading tackler for the second straight game, registering nine tackles today, including two TFLs.
- Anthony Santella, the nation's second-ranked punter, had another impressive performance today. He averaged 47 yards on six punts, booting two more than 50 yards. Santella also had three punts downed inside the 20, doubling his season total to six.
- Michael Buchanan posted a career-high seven tackles, more than doubling his previous high of three tackles set in the opener vs. Missouri.
- In the first four games last season, the Illini allowed 1,671 total yards (417.8 ypg) and 119 points (29.8 ppg). In four games this season, the Illini have allowed 1,289 yards (322.3 ypg) and 72 points (18.0 ppg).
- Today's attendance was 62,870, the first sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium since last season's Michigan State game (Oct. 10).