Arrelious Benn had a career day against Minnesota, compiling a career-high 12 catches for 181 yards, which marked the fifth-most receiving yards in a game in Illinois history and the second time this season an Illini has topped 175 yards receiving (Will Judson's 177 vs. Missouri, 8/30/2008). His 181 yards are the most by an Illini since David Williams racked up a school-record 208 yards on Sept. 1, 1984.
This also was Benn's third-straight 100-yard receiving game, which is the first time that has happened since Brandon Lloyd had three straight in 2002.
Benn's 12 catches on the day marked the first double-digit reception performance by an Illini receiver since 2005 when Kyle Hudson had 10 receptions vs. Wisconsin. Benn's 12 catches are tied for the third-most in school history and were the most by an Illini since Lloyd caught three passes against Northwestern on Nov. 22, 2001.
Freshman receiver A.J. Jenkins also got in on the action today, catching three passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs. That marks the first time since 2002 that a pair of Illini each surpassed 100 yards receiving (Aaron Moorehead and Walter Young vs. San Jose State, 9/21/02).
Illinois'defense largely held Minnesota receiver Eric Decker, who entered the game leading the nation in receiving yards per game and third in receptions per game, in check. Decker caught nine balls for 86 yards today.
Juice Williams' 503 yards of total offense broke the Memorial Stadium record, previously held by Jon Beutjer, who posted 431 yards of offense against San Jose State on Sept. 21, 2002. In addition, Williams' total offense yardage is the second-best single-game total in school history behind only Dave Wilson's 585 yards at Ohio State on Nov. 8, 1980. Williams now has three of the top eight single-game total offense listings.
With 310 passing yards last week at Michigan and 462 today, Williams put together back-to-back 300-yard passing games for the first time since Jon Beutjer accomplished the feat in 2002. Williams also has passed for over 300 yards three times this season (also 451 yards vs. Missouri, 8/30), the first time an Illini quarterback has done so since Beutjer's four games of 300-plus yards passing in 2002. Williams' 54-yard touchdown pass to Jenkins marked his fifth TD pass of 50 or more yards this season.
Williams' 41 rushing yards today pushes him into 15th on the all-time rushing list, passing Lonnie Perrin. Williams now has 1,776 career rushing yards.
Matt Eller connected on two field goals, making tries from 33 and 28 yards, which ties a career high for the freshman kicker. He now has eight field goals on the season.
Martez Wilson had a career-high 13 tackles today, including a career-high eight solos.
Vontae Davis tied a career high with two passes broken up today.
The attendance for today's game was 62,870, the first sellout of the season.