Oct. 8, 2011
#19/16 Illinois 41, Indiana 20
Memorial Stadium // Oct. 8, 2011 // Attendance: 41,665
1. With the win today, Illinois improved to 6-0, continuing its best start since 1951 when the Illini started the season 7-0. Illinois has now won seven in a row dating back to their Texas Bowl victory to end 2010.
2. Illinois topped the 500-yard mark for the second time this season and the 400-yard mark for the fifth time in six games this season, racking up 518 total yards on the day. The Illini also rushed for 308 yards, the second time this season that they have eclipsed 300 rushing yards and fourth time they've topped 200.
3. Meanwhile, the Illini defense held Indiana to 302 total yards and 83 rushing yards, the fourth time this season Illinois has held its opponent under 100 rushing yards.
4. Illinois' defense held Indiana to a pair of field goals after two UI fumbles today, continuing a trend over the past season-and-a-half where the Illini minimized damage after turnovers. This season, Illinois has given up only 20 points on four scores after 11 turnovers, and the Illini have held opponents to 45 points (three TDs, eight FGs) on 27 turnovers since the beginning of the 2010 season.
5. Illinois scored its second touchdown of the day on a 66-yard fumble return for a touchdown by CB Tavon Wilson. The fumble was forced when DE Whitney Mercilus sacked Indiana QB Dusty Kiel, increasing Illinois' streak of consecutive games with a turnover forced to 21.
6. Illinois totaled five sacks in today's game, giving them 22 on the season. it is the second time this year that the Illini have had five or more sacks in a game (6 vs. Arizona State, 9/17)
1. Biletnikoff Award candidate A.J. Jenkins caught six passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns today, marking his fourth 100-yard receiving game this season and the seventh of his career. He now stands tied with Walter Young for fifth on the career 100-yard receiving games record list and he is tied for seventh on the single-season record list for 100-yard receiving games.
2. With his 182 yards today, Jenkins has 450 yards over the past two games, the most by an Illinois receiver in consecutive games. David Williams previously held that record with 344 yards on Sept. 1 and 8, 1984.
3. Jenkins scored on a 77-yard touchdown pass-and-run from QB Nathan Scheelhaase in the first quarter, career longs for both players and Illinois' longest pass play since a 77-yard strike from Juice Williams to Jeff Cumberland at Michigan on Oct. 4, 2008.
4. Jenkins later scored on a 67-yard pass from Scheelhaase in the second quarter, giving the duo three touchdown passes of 65-plus yards, the first time in school history that a quarterback and receiver have combined for multiple TD passes of 65-plus yards in their careers.
5. Jenkins' three 65-plus yard TD catches this season also is a record, eclipsing the previous mark of two set by Rich Kreitling in 1958. Mike Martin also caught two 65-plus yard TD passes in his career, grabbing one in 1980 and one in 1982.
6. Scheelhaase entered today second in the nation in yards per completion (15.12) and proceeded to complete 12 passes for 210 yards, an average of 17.5 yards per completion. He now is averaging 15.48 yards per completion this year.
7. Scheelhaase now has three TD passes of 65-plus yards this year, equaling Juice Williams' total from 2006, the school record for a single season.
8. Wilson had a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss today after entering the game with 7.0 career TFLs.
9. Mercilus recorded a career-high 3.0 sacks against the Hoosiers, besting his previous career high of 2.0 against Arizona State on Sept. 17. He now has 8.5 sacks on the season.