Postgame Notes - Illinois 44, Purdue 10


Oct. 30, 2010

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ILLINOIS Postgame Notes
Illinois 44, Purdue 10
Memorial Stadium // Oct. 30, 2010 // 50,371

Team Notes
1. With today's win, Illinois snapped a five-game skid vs. Purdue and claimed the "Cannon" rivalry trophy for the first time since 2002.

2. Illinois allowed its fewest points in a Big Ten game since giving up 10 points in a 10-6 loss at Iowa on Oct. 6, 2007.

3. Today's 34-point margin of victory over Purdue followed last week's 30-point win over Indiana (43-13). The last time Illinois registered consecutive 30-point wins was in 1944, when the Illini downed Iowa 40-6 on Oct. 14 and Pittsburgh 39-5 on Oct. 21. The last time Illinois won consecutive Big Ten games by 30 or more points was in 1914, when the Illini defeated Ohio State 37-0 on Oct. 17 and Northwestern 33-0 on Oct. 24.

4. Illinois scored more than 40 points in a victory for the second-straight week. This marks the first time the Illini have tallied 40 or more points in back-to-back wins since 1999, when the Illini won at Iowa, 40-24, on Nov. 6, followed by a 46-20 win at Ohio State on Nov. 13.

5. The Illini were 7-of-7 in the red zone today, totaling six touchdowns and one field goal. Illinois entered today's game ranked third nationally in red zone offense and now has 29 scores in 30 chances on the season with 17 TDs and 12 FGs.

6. The Illini held Purdue to 205 yards total offense, marking the third opponent this season and second Big Ten team Illinois has held to less than 250 yards total offense.

7. The Illini also limited the Boilermakers to only 52 passing yards, marking the second time Illinois has held an opponent under 100 yards passing this season.

8. Illinois won the turnover battle again today, 2-0. The Illini converted 14 points off Purdue's two turnovers.

9. Illinois dominated time of possession, 38:17-to-21:43. Included in that TOP was a first quarter when Illinois held the ball for 13:25 while playing into the wind. Purdue, meanwhile, ran just four plays for three yards over 1:35 with the wind.

10. This is the third-straight year the Illini have won on Halloween weekend at Memorial Stadium while wearing orange jerseys. The Illini previously defeated Iowa 27-24 on Nov. 1, 2008, and defeated Michigan 38-13 on Oct. 31, 2009, while wearing orange.

Individual Notes
1. Freshman Nathan Scheelhaase posted career-highs in five categories today with four touchdowns passes, 313 yards total offense, 118 yards rushing, 80 percent completion percentage (16-of-20) and a quarterback rating of 227.9.

2. Scheelhaase improved to fifth on the Illinois all-time list for season rushing yards by a quarterback, now with 451 yards rushing on the season.

3. While junior Mikel Leshoure was held to 23 yards rushing, he registered a career-high 46 receiving yards. Leshoure scored three touchdowns on the day - two rushing and one receiving - to equal his career high of three TDs set last season vs. Fresno State.

4. A season-high 11 Illini players caught passes today. A pair of receivers, meanwhile, registered their first career touchdown receptions in freshman Darius Millines and senior Chris James.

5. A pair of defenders set career highs in tackles while leading the Illini today: freshmen Akeem Spence and Jonathan Brown registering eight apiece.