Post-game Notes from Illinois' 55-13 win over Indiana


Oct. 18, 2008

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Oct. 18, 2008

  1. With his 130 receiving yards, Arrelious Benn went over 100 yards receiving for the fourth consecutive week. It is the first time in school history that an Illinois player has had four-straight 100-yard receiving games.

  2. Jason Ford ran for a career-high 172 yards, the second-most by an Illini freshman in school history, behind Rocky Harvey's 215 yards against Middle Tennessee in 1998. Ford also posted career highs in carries with 19, and touchdowns with three. His three rushing touchdowns are the most since Rashard Mendenhall had three against Syracuse last year.

  3. The Illini's 55 points mark the highest scoring game of the Zook era. It is the most points since Illinois defeated Arkansas State, 59-7, in 2002. Illinois' 42-point margin of victory tonight is also its highest since the Arkansas State game (52).

  4. This is the most points Illinois has ever scored in a Big Ten game at Memorial Stadium (previous high was 50 in a 50-0 shutout over Iowa in 1973) and the most points the UI has scored in a conference game since winning at Northwestern, 63-14, in 1989.

  5. Illinois finished the game with a season-high 563 yards of offense, the third straight game this season the Illini have topped 500 yards and the fifth time in seven games this season.

  6. Indiana's 13 points is the fewest points allowed by the Illini defense this year.

  7. Juice Williams has now thrown for more than 1,000 yards (1,043) in the past three games, the most in a three-game period since Jon Beutjer (1,073) in 2002. He also tossed his 16th touchdown pass of the year, which surpasses his previous career best of 13 of last season.

  8. Williams now has 38 career touchdown passes, moving him into a tie for fifth on the UI career TD passes list with Tony Eason.

  9. A.J. Jenkins' 96-yard kickoff return ties the 5th longest kick return in school history. It is Illinois' first kickoff return TD since Arrelious Benn's 90-yarder last year vs. Penn State.

  10. Derek Walker had a career-high two sacks against Indiana, topping his previous high of 1.5 at Michigan State in 2006. He brings his season total to 4.5 and gives him 13 career sacks, 0.5 away from the Illinois top-10 all-time sack list. He also had a career high with three tackles for loss.

  11. True freshman tight end Hubie Graham caught his first career pass on a 10-yarder in the second quarter.

  12. Two more true freshmen played for the Illini today, offensive tackle Corey Lewis and placekicker Derek Dimke. This brings the total of true freshmen to 14 this season.

  13. The attendance for today's game was 62,870, the second sellout of the season.