Postgame Notes


Nov. 28, 2009

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1. On the first offensive drive of the game, senior quarterback Juice Williams became the first Illini player only the sixth in Big Ten history to surpass 10,000 yards of total offense. Williams had 349 total yards (season-high 282 passing and 67 rushing) in the game and now has 10,327 yards in his career.

2. Williams had his best game of the season, completing 21-of-24 passes (61.7 percent) for 282 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, plus he ran for 67 yards and another touchdown on the ground. With his 349 total yards today, Williams moved up to fifth on the Big Ten's career total yardage list, passing Iowa's Chuck long (10,254).

3. Williams threw the 51st, 52nd and 53rd touchdown passes of his career against the Bearcats. He threw two to sophomore wide receiver Fred Sykes, a 21-yarder in the first quarter and a seven-yarder in the fourth quarter, and 19-yarder to senior receiver Chris Duvalt in the second quarter. With one game remaining, Williams is two touchdown passes behind Jack Trudeau for second on the UI career list.

4. Williams' 67 rushing yards moved him past 2,500 yards for his career. He finished the game with 2,501 career yards on the ground and moved past Howard Griffith (2,485) for eighth on the UI career-rushing list. Williams is within striking distance of both Rashard Mendenhall (2,539) and Pierre Thomas (2,545) for sixth on the list with one game remaining.

5. Illinois outgained the Cincinnati offense 476-420, marking just the second time this season the Bearcats were outgained (Fresno State on 9/26). UC entered the game with the third-best offense in the nation in terms of total yards (478 ypg). <,p> 6. Junior wide receiver Arrelious Benn had 64 all-purpose yards (59 receiving, five rushing) to move past Thomas Rooks and into fourth on the UI career all-purpose yardage list. Benn now has 3,526 career yards, to move past Rooks' total of 3,501.

7. Sophomore kicker Derek Dimke was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goals with makes of 39, 48 and 30. He is now 4-of-4 since earning the job against Northwestern.

8. The Illinois defense held Cincinnati to just 21 yards rushing, the Bearcat's lowest total on the ground this season. It marks the lowest rushing total by an Illini opponent since allowing 15 yards to San Jose State on Sept. 10, 2005.

9. Senior wide receiver Chris Duvalt caught a career best six passes for a career-high 94 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown, his third of the year and seventh of his career.

10. Junior receiver Jarred Fayson had a career-high 67 receiving yards on two catches. He had a career-long 55-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

11. Freshman cornerback Terry Hawthorne had a career-best three passes broken-up.