Post-Game Notes


Oct. 31, 2009

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  1. Mikel LeShoure rushed for 150 yards, marking the second-straight week and second time this season that he has topped 100 yards. His 150 yards are a career best after rushing for 122 against Purdue last week. Leshoure's 70-yard touchdown run is the longest of his career, topping his 65-yard carry last week.

  2. Jason Ford rushed for 128 yards today, the second time this season and third time in his career that he has rushed for more than 100 yards. He also topped 100 against Illinois State (137) and last year against Indiana (172).

  3. Today marked the first time that Illinois had two rushers go over 100 yards since Nov. 17, 2007, when both Juice Williams (136) and Rashard Mendenhall (124) passed 100 against Northwestern.

  4. Ford had a 79-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, marking the longest run of his career and his second touchdown of the season. It was Illinois' longest play from scrimmage this season, topping Leshoure's 70-yard scamper from the third quarter, and was the longest play from scrimmage for Illinois since Daniel Dufrene's 80-yard run at Ohio State on Nov. 10, 2007.

  5. Illinois had its best rushing performance of the season with 377 yards against Michigan. It marked the first time this year the team rushed for over 300 yards. The Illini exploded on the ground in the third quarter, running the ball 12 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the period. Illinois compiled 312 rushing yards on 33 carries in the second half, an average of 9.5 yards per carry.

  6. The Illini also finished the day with 500 total yards, Illinois' best offensive output since posting 548 yards earlier this season against Illinois State and best against an FBS team since piling up 563 yards against Indiana on Oct. 18, 2008.

  7. Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn scored on a three-yard run on the first drive of the game vs. Michigan, marking his first touchdown since Oct. 18, 2008, against Indiana. Benn moved to fifth on the Illinois all-time receptions list with his catch today, tying Walter Young's 147 catches from 1999-2002.

  8. True freshman Terry Hawthorne got his first career start at cornerback against Michigan and recorded a career-high six tackles, including a touchdown-saving tackle on the first drive of the first quarter, on which the Illini eventually forced a turnover on downs at their own 1 yard line.

  9. Illinois' 99-yard scoring drive in the third quarter tied a school record for longest scoring drive, tying three other times in school history. Illinois compiled 99 yards on drives against Syracuse (9/162006), Ohio State (10/7/89) and Wisconsin (10/24/81).

  10. London Davis, playing in his first offensive action of the season, caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, the first reception and first touchdown of his career.

  11. Jeff Cumberland caught two passes for 51 yards, the most receiving yards for the senior since he racked up 60 yards on five catches against Northwestern in 2008.

  12. Walt Aikens led the Illini with a career-high 10 tackles.

  13. Derek Dimke had four touchbacks vs. the Wolverines, the most of his career. He now has recorded seven touchbacks in 11 kickoffs in the past three games.

  14. Chris James caught a 37-yard pass in the third quarter for his longest reception since hauling in a 47-yard pass against Northwestern on Nov. 18, 2006.

  15. Corey Liuget had a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss in addition to recovering a fumble in the second half.

  16. The Illini defense forced three turnovers on the day, the most this season for Illinois against an FBS team. The Orange and Blue also collected three turnovers against Illinois State on Sept. 12.

  17. Anthony Santella continued his strong work of late, punting four times for a career-best average of 47.8 yards with one downed inside the 20 and a career-long 65-yarder.

  18. The victory, combined with last year's 45-20 win in Ann Arbor, marked the first time Illinois has beaten Michigan in back-to-back seasons since 1957 and 1958. It also marks the first time Illinois has beaten the Wolverines at Memorial Stadium since 1983.