Postgame Notes - Michigan 67, Illinois 65


Nov. 6, 2010

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ILLINOIS Postgame Notes
Michigan 67, Illinois 65 (3 OT)
Michigan Stadium // Nov. 6, 2010 // 111,441

Team Notes
1. Today's game was the longest in Illinois history, as no other game has lasted more than one overtime. The 132 combined points also are a Big Ten record for most combined points in a conference game (previous: 115, Minnesota [59] vs. Purdue [56], 10/9/93). It is the ninth-most points Illinois has ever scored in a game and most since 1944 (79 vs. Illinois-Normal).

2. Illinois' 65 points today are the most ever scored by an opponent in Michigan Stadium. The previous high was 51 points by Florida State in 1991, and 50 was the previous high by a Big Ten Team (Ohio State in 1961 and 1968.

3. The Illini held Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson to a season-low 62 yards rushing on 19 carries, an average of 3.3 yards per carry. Robinson entered today's game averaging 160.9 rushing yards per game and 7.8 yards per carry.

4. Mikel Leshoure rushed for 120 yards on 24 carries (5.0 ypc) and Nathan Scheelhaase recorded 101 yards on 21 carries (4.8 ypc), marking the second time this year that two Illini have rushed for over 100 yards in a game (also Leshoure & Scheelhaase vs. NIU, Sept. 18). Jason Ford also rushed for 91 yards on 10 carries (9.1 ypc), narrowly missing the 100-yard mark.

5. The Illini posted a season-high 561 yards of total offense, their most total yards since recording 500 against the Wolverines on Oct. 31, 2009. Illinois also pounded out 315 rushing yards, the second time this season the Illini have surpassed 300 yards on the ground (also 319 vs. Northern Illinois, Sept. 18). The Orange and Blue also recorded a season-high 246 yards passing, topping the 239 passing yards against Southern Illinois (Sept. 11).

6. Illinois forced three turnovers in the first quarter and converted them into 10 points. For the game, the Illini recorded five takeaways and created 17 points off those turnovers. It is the second time this year that Illinois has notched five turnovers in a game (also vs. Indiana, Oct. 23). The Illini have forced 12 turnovers in their last three games.

7. The Illini defense has been stingy after turnovers this year, and today was no different. After Michigan obtained the ball on a fumble in the first quarter, Illinois regained possession on an interception by Trulon Henry. The Illini have now allowed only 25 points (1 TD, 6 FG) on 16 turnovers this season.

8. Illinois' offense has been stellar in the red zone this year, coming into today's game tied for second in the nation in red zone scoring percentage. The Illini scored on 5-of-6 red-zone drives today, notching four touchdowns and one field goal. Illinois has now scored on 94 percent of its red-zone chances (34-of-36).

9. Today's crowd of 111,441 is the largest crowd that the Illini have ever played in front of, surpassing the 110,231 at Michigan in 2003.

Individual Notes
1. Leshoure's 120 yards represent his fifth 100-yard game this year and eighth in his career, moving him up to fourth on the single-season 100-yard games and seventh on the career list. Leshoure also moves up to 17th on the career rushing list, finishing the day with 1,760 yards.

2. Leshoure ended the day with a career-high five touchdowns, three rushing and two receiving. Leshoure scored on runs of 1, 1 and 3, and scored on receptions of 27 and 25 yards.

3. Scheelhaase moves up to fourth on the record list for season rushing yards by a quarterback, topping Juice Williams' 2009 season and how holding 552 rushing yards this year. He also now ranks second behind Williams in career rushing yards by a QB with 552.

4. Ford recorded 62 of his 91 yards on an option pitch from Scheelhaase on the first play of an Illini drive in the second quarter. That marks the second-straight year that Ford has reeled off a long run against Michigan, after he notched a 79-yarder against the Wolverines last year.

5. Martez Wilson snared his first career interception after Nate Bussey tipped a Robinson pass on third down in the first quarter. Wilson's interception was one of three by the Illini today, including another by Trulon Henry (his third of the year) and one by Patrick Nixon-Youman (his second of 2010).

6. True-freshman Ryan Lankford recorded his first career touchdown in the second quarter when he hauled in a 33-yard pass from Scheelhaase. He also scored on a two-point conversion early in the second quarter.

7. Kicker Derek Dimke had a strong day, nailing three field goals over 40 yards. He was true from 43, 43 and 44 yards today in a 3-for-4 effort. He moves up to fourth on the season field goals record list with 18, and his 23 career field goals put him in ninth on the career record list.