Nov. 16, 2013
Illinois Postgame Notes
Ohio State 60, Illinois 35
Memorial Stadium // Nov. 16, 2013 // Attendance: 44,095
1. Illinois posted 420 yards of offense against the Buckeyes in today's game, third straight game and sixth time this season that the Illini have topped the 400-yard mark.
2. The Illini held Ohio State to 4-of-13 third-down conversions on the day, the fewest conversions and worst percentage (30.7 percent) the Buckeyes have registered in a game this season.
3. Illinois kicked off to start the game for the first time since Minnesota came to Memorial Stadium on Nov. 11, 2012. The Illini had received the opening kickoff in 11 straight games prior to today, the third-longest streak in the nation.
1. With today's punt return touchdown and his 100-yard kickoff return touchdown against Southern Illinois in the season opener, V'Angelo Bentley became the first player in Illinois history to return both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in the same season.
2. Entering Saturday, only seven players nationally and one other player in the Big Ten (Marcus Jones, Minnesota) had recorded both a punt return TD and kick return TD.
3. Bentley returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown, becoming the first Illini player to return a punt for a touchdown since E.B. Halsey took one back 41 yards against Purdue on Oct. 4, 2003.
4. Bentley recorded 82 punt return yards on three returns (27.3 ypr) on the day, nearly doubling his season total. He entered the day with 95 punt return yards, giving him 177 for the season, the most by an Illini in a season since E.B. Halsey's 226 punt return yards in 2004.
5. Nathan Scheelhaase connected on a 19-yard touchdown strike to Steve Hull, Scheelhaase's 50th career touchdown pass. He is the fourth player in school history to record at least 50 career touchdown passes. After another touchdown pass in the second half, Scheelhaase has 51 career TD passes, good for fourth on Illinois' career list.
6. Scheelhaase recorded a 20-yard rush in the third quarter and a 35-yard rush in the fourth quarter, the first two 20+ yard rushes given up by the Ohio State defense this season.
7. Scheelhaase came up just short of two milestones today. He is four yards of total offense away from becoming the 10th player in Big Ten history and second player in school history with 10,000 career yards of total offense. He also is eight yards shy of becoming the second quarterback in school history with 2,000 career rushing yards (Juice Williams; 2,557 yards; 2006-09).
8. However, Scheelhaase did eclipse 8,000 career passing yards in today's game. With 288 yards today, Scheelhaase now has 8,004 career passing yards for his career. Scheelhaase needs 34 more passing yards to surpass Juice Williams for third on Illinois' all-time passing list.
9. Scheelhaase totaled 334 yard of total offense today (288 passing, 46 rushing). He needs to average 299 yards of total offense per game over the last two games to become Illinois' career total offense leader.
10. Steve Hull became the first Illini since A.J. Jenkins to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. Hull had 224 yards receiving last week at Indiana and 105 yards today. A.J. Jenkins had a school-record 268 yards against Northwestern (Oct. 1, 2011) and 182 yards at Indiana on Oct. 8, 2011.
11. Jonathan Brown recorded one TFL on the day and tied Fred Wakefield for third on Illinois' career TFL list with 42.0. Brown's TFL was for a two-yard loss on Buckeye tailback Carlos Hyde, Hyde's first negative rush this season. Hyde's first 104 carries this season reached at least the line of scrimmage before Brown stopped him behind the line in the second quarter.
12. Zane Petty led the team and set a new career high with 15 tackles. After recording 10 total tackles in the first five games of the season, Petty has recorded 10 or more tackles in three of the last five games.