Nov. 30, 2013
Illinois Postgame Notes
Northwestern 37, Illinois 34
Memorial Stadium // Nov. 30, 2013 // Attendance: 37,058
1. With 362 total yards on Saturday, senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase broke Juice Williams' (10,594 yards) career total offense record and closed his career as Illinois' all-time leader and seventh-best in the Big Ten with 10,634 yards (2,066 rushing, 8,568 passing).
2. Scheelhaase became the eighth Illini quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a season and finished in fourth place on the single-season list with 3,272 yards after his fifth 300-yard passing game this season (307 yards).
3. Scheelhaase threw for two touchdowns and tied Jack Trudeau for the third-most career passing touchdowns in school history with 55 TDs. His career-high 21 touchdown passes this year tied Jon Beutjer (2002) for the fifth-most in a single season by an Illini quarterback.
4. Scheelhaase also broke the Illinois season record for completion percentage at 66.74 percent (287-of-430) and finished his Illini career ranked in the following categories in the Illinois record book: second in career rushing yards by a quarterback and 15th in career rushing yardage (2,066 yards), third in career passing yardage (8,568 yards), second in career pass completions (775 completions), third in career pass attempts (1,231 attempts), second in career completion percentage (63.0 percentage), third in career passing efficiency (130.2), third in season pass completions (287 completions), fourth in season pass attempts (430 attempts).
5. Senior wide receiver Steve Hull continued his stellar play with his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game. He collected a career-high 13 receptions for 155 yards, moving him into eighth place in single-season receiving yards by an Illini with 993 yards.
6. Hull's 13 catches equaled the second-most receptions by an Illini in a game, tying Keith Jones (vs. Michigan State, 10/22/1988).
7. Sophomore running back Josh Ferguson eclipsed 100 yards on the ground for the second-straight game and third time this season with 110 rushing yards. He scampered for a career-long 55-yard TD run in the third quarter and rushed for a career-high two touchdowns.
8. Senior Jonathan Brown tied a career high with a game-high 17 tackles.
9. Sophomore Taylor Zalewski, who matched a career high with two made field goals, connected on the second 50-plus-yard field goal of his career with a 51-yarder in the second quarter. His career long FG was 54 yards against Purdue on Nov. 17, 2012.
10. Senior wide receiver Miles Osei wore number 12 instead of his usual number 8 on Saturday to honor injured senior and good friend Ryan Lankford, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Oct. 26. Osei responded with a career game, catching 8 passes for 93 years, both career-highs, and hauling in his first career touchdown, an 11-yard strike from Scheelhaase in the fourth quarter.
11. The 2013 Illinois offense will go down as one of the best in school history. Led by first-year offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, the Illini offense ranked third in school history in passing yards per game (287.7) and fourth in both points per game (29.7) and total yards per game (426.7).
12. Saturday's game marked the final game for 15 Illini seniors: Jonathan Brown, Jake Feldmeyer, Nick Forzley, Spencer Harris, Steve Hull, Brad Janitz, Tim Kynard, Ryan Lankford, Corey Lewis, Ben Mathis, Miles Osei, Daniel Quintana, Tim Russell, Nathan Scheelhaase and Evan Wilson.