Nov. 23, 2013
Illinois Postgame Notes
Illinois 20, Purdue 16
Ross-Ade Stadium // Nov. 23, 2013 // Attendance: 37,459
1. Illinois snapped its 20-game Big Ten losing streak and won a conference game for the first Big Ten win since a 41-20 win over Indiana on Oct. 8, 2011.
2. The Illini defense took the field after four Illini turnovers but held Purdue to zero points on those four possessions. Purdue twice took over inside the Illinois 30 yard line, and the Illini defense held the Boilers to a missed field goal and a turnover on downs.
3. Purdue piled up 150 yards and two touchdowns on its first two drives, but the Illini defense stiffened thereafter. Illinois held the Boilers to just 133 yards and five first downs over the game's final 48:19. Purdue recorded only three first downs in the second half and Illinois recorded twice as many first downs (22-11) as Purdue for the game.
1. Nathan Scheelhaase became the 10th player in Big Ten history to amass 10,000 career yards of total offense. With 276 yards today (257 passing, 19 rushing), Scheelhaase now has 10,272 career yards, which ranks eighth in Big Ten history.
2. Scheelhaase totaled 276 yards of total offense, meaning he has 10,272 yards and will need 323 yards against Northwestern in the season finale to pass Juice Williams' Illinois career total offense record of 10,594.
3. Scheelhaase rushed for 19 yards and now has 2,011 rushing yards in his career. He became the second Illinois quarterback to rush for 2,000 career yards (Juice Williams, 2,557 yards, 2006-09) and the ninth quarterback in Big Ten history to rush for 2,000 career yards.
4. Josh Ferguson caught four passes for 11 yards, breaking Kameno Bell's Illinois record of single-season receiving yards by a running back. Ferguson now has 509 receiving yards this season, surpassing Bell's total of 503 yards from the 1991 season.
5. Ferguson also moved up to second place on Illinois' career receiving yardage list for a running back. He has 774 career receiving yards, which surpassed Keith Jones (1984-88) total of 771. Ty Douthanrd (1993-96) owns the Illinois record with 1,250.
6. Ferguson passed 1,000 career rushing yards, becoming the third active Illini in the 1,000-yard club (Nathan Scheelhaase, Donovonn Young). With 115 yards today, Ferguson now has 1,033 career rushing yards.
7. Ferguson picked up his third career 100-yard rushing game. He carried the ball 20 times for 115 yards, both of which were career highs.
8. Steve Hull caught 10 passes for 169 yards, this third-straight 100-yard receiving game. After totaling 19 receptions for 340 yards and one touchdown in the first eight games of the season, Hull has recorded 26 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns in the last three games, the nation's most prolific receiver by yards during that span.
9. Hull needs 162 yards in the season finale against Northwestern to become the eighth player in UI history to have a 1,000-yard receiving season.
10. Jonathan Brown had 2.0 tackles for loss, marking the 14th time in his career Brown has recorded more than 1.0 TFL in a game. Brown moved into sole possession of third place in UI history with 44.0 career tackles for loss.