Mikel LeShoure accounted for both of Illinois' touchdowns today, registering his second and third TDs of the season. He scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter and a 41-yard reception in the fourth quarter.
Juice Williams had 142 yards of total offense to improve his career numbers to 9,268 yards, which ranks eighth on the Big Ten all-time list.
Illinois' defense held Michigan State scoreless in the second half, as MSU's only points came via an interception return on the first series of the half.
The Illini defense also held MSU to just three first downs and 91 total yards in the second half.
Tavon Wilson set a career high in tackles with 13 stops (previous career best, seven tackles vs. Missouri). That equals the most tackles by an Illini player this season. Ian Thomas also had 13 tackles in the season opener vs. Missouri..
Wilson also recorded his first career interception with a pick in the third quarter. The Illinois offense then capitalized off Wilson's interception by scoring a touchdown.
In just his third game, true-freshman Walter Aikens also set a career high with six tackles.
Daniel Dufrene moved up the Illinois all-time rushing list with his 26 yards vs. Michigan State today. He now has rushed for 1,112 career yards, good for 29th in the Illini record books.
Chris Duvalt tied his career high with three receptions and set a career high with 47 yards receiving.
Donsay Hardeman caused a goal-line fumble in the second quarter and recovered the ball. It was Illinois' fifth fumble recovery out of eight fumbles forced on the season.
Anthony Santella averaged 44.8 yards per punt on the day, with four 50-yard punts and two downed inside the 20.