Illinois rushed for 324 yards today, marking the second time this season the Illini have topped 300 yards rushing and the sixth time over 200 yards.
Illinois had a total of 469 yards on the day, marking the fifth time this season that the Illini have topped 400 yards of total offense.
With Doak Walker Award candidate Rashard Mendenhall's two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He becomes Illinois' first 1,000-yard single-season rusher since the 2002 season (Antoineo Harris, 1,330).
Mendenhall had a total of 189 yards rushing today, moving into eighth place on the Illinois single-season top-10 rushers list with 1,113 yards on the year. This was Mendenhall's fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season, moving him into a tie for third on the UI list for single-season 100-yard rushing games.
With his 189 yards today, Mendenhall also moved into 13th place on the Illinois all-time rushing list. He now has 1,971 career rushing yards.
Mendenhall scored two touchdowns today to bring his season rushing TD total to 12, which is tied for third on the school's single-season rushing touchdown list. It also gives him 14 total touchdowns for the year, which moves him into second on the school's all-time single-season touchdowns list.
Freshman of the Year candidate Arrelious Benn broke the freshman receiving yardage record today with 97 yards against Ball State. He has now recorded 556 receiving yards on the season, breaking Brandon Lloyd's previous record of 511 yards set in 1999. Benn's 97 yards were also a career-high for him. His previous best was 87 yards at Iowa.
Already the school's all-time leading rusher at quarterback, Juice Williams eclipsed the career 1,000-yard rushing mark today. Williams had 99 yards rushing, giving him a total of 1,014 career-rushing yards. It also marks the third time this season he has posted 90 or more yards in a game.
Williams had two rushing touchdowns today, marking his first career game with multiple rushing TDs.
Butkus Award and Lombardi Award candidate J Leman had a game-high 11 tackles today, marking his seventh game this season reaching double figures on the season. Leman also moved into seventh place on the Illini career tackles list, now with 375 tackles.
Kevin Mitchell recorded his fourth interception of the season with his pick in the 4th quarter, Mitchell leads the team in INTs on the year.
Lou Groza Award candidate Jason Reda improved to third on Illinois' all-time scoring list with his four points today. He now has 233 points in his career.
Punter Anthony Santella had a career-high average of 42.2 yards today. His previous best was 41.0 at Indiana.
Ball State became only Illinois' fourth ever non-conference opponent for a Homecoming game as well as its first win. Illinois was previously 0-3 in Homecoming games vs. non-conference opponents: Stanford (3-6 in 1966), Notre Dame (7-13 in 1944 and 0-26 in 1940).
Illinois announced its fourth-consecutive sellout of the season with today's crowd of 55,578. This is the most sellouts since the 1986 season when all six home games were at capacity.