Postgame Notes - Illinois 38, Baylor 14


Dec. 29, 2010

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ILLINOIS' Texas Bowl Postgame Notes
Illinois 38, Baylor 14
Reliant Stadium // Dec. 29, 2010 // 68,211

Team Notes
1. With the second field goal in the first quarter tonight, the Illini broke the school record for points scored in a season, previously 390 points scored by the 2001 squad. Illinois finished the 2010 season with 423 points. The Illini also narrowly bested the school record for points per game in a season, finishing with 32.53 points per game this year compared to the previous record of 32.50 by the 2001 squad.

2. Illinois averaged 42.1 points per game over its last seven games this year, while averaging 448.9 yards per game during that time. That compares to 21.3 points per game and 320 yards per game over the first six games of the year.

3. The Illini racked up 533 total yards of offense, the third time in the last five games that Illinois has gone over 500 yards of offense. The Orange and Blue also recorded 242 passing yards today, the team's most in a regulation game this season (246 vs. Michigan required three overtimes).

4. The Illini defense continued to come up with turnovers, recovering two Baylor fumbles in the first half. Illinois scored a field goal off the first fumble, giving the Illini 72 points (nine touchdowns and three field goals) on 19 turnovers in the last seven games.

5. Illinois' defense also racked up a season-high 11 tackles for loss tonight, the first time the Illini have notched more than 10 TFLs in a game since recording 10 against Iowa on Nov. 1, 2008.

6. Illinois scored on all four of its red-zone drives today, notching three touchdowns and a field goal. The Illini finish the 2010 season 49-of-52 (94.2 percent) on trips inside the red zone with 33 touchdowns and 16 field goals, third-best in the nation.

Individual Notes
1. Junior RB Mikel Leshoure broke five records and tied a sixth tonight, topping the Illinois records for single-season rushing (1,697 yards), single-season scoring (122), total touchdowns in a season (20), 100-yard rushing games in a season (9) and consecutive 100-yard rushing games (5). He also tied Rashard Mendenhall's school record for single-season rushing touchdowns with 17. Leshoure finished the game with 184 yards on 29 carries (5.6 ypc) and a career-high three touchdowns, finishing this season with 2,557 yards - tied with former Illini Juice Williams for sixth on the career rushing list.

2. Leshoure finished the 2010 season with a bang, recording 184 rushing yards and 21 receiving yards for a total of 205 all-purpose yards. In Illinois' last five games, he racked up 1,011 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns. He finishes second on Illinois' single-season all-purpose yardage record list with 1,893 yards, behind only Mendenhall's 1,999 yards in 2007. Leshoure's 29 carries also give him 281 carries this season, second-most in school history behind Robert Holcombe's 294 rushes in 1997.

A list of Leshoure's standing in Illinois' records:
First (alone):
season rushing (1,697), season scoring (122), season touchdowns (20), season 100-yard rushing games (9), consecutive 100-yard rushing games (5)
First (tied): season rushing touchdowns (17)
Second: all-purpose yards (1,893), season carries (281)

3. Redshirt-freshman QB Nathan Scheelhaase completed his first 13 passes today, going 13-for-13 for 170 yards in the first half. It is the longest completion streak to start a game and third-longest completion streak in school history behind the 14 consecutive completions by Tony Eason (10/30/82) and Jason Verduzco (9/15-22/90).

4. Scheelhaase had a very efficient day, finishing 18-for-23 for 242 passing yards and rushing nine times for 53 yards and a touchdown. His 78.2 completion percentage is his third-highest mark in a game this season, and his 55-yard rushing touchdown to cap the scoring was his longest run of the season.

5. Freshman WR Ryan Lankford caught a 52-yard pass in the second quarter, the longest catch of his career.

6. Junior PK Derek Dimke was 3-for-3 on field goals today, breaking the Illinois bowl game record for field goals. Illinois had never had a player make more than one field goal in a bowl game prior to today. It is the ninth time this year that Dimke has made multiple field goals in a game and third time he has made three or more in a game.

7. Sophomore CB Terry Hawthorne led the Illini with a career-high nine tackles and a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss. He also started the game, his first start this year after battling a foot injury throughout the year.

8. Junior DT Corey Liuget caused problems all night, finishing with five tackles, 2.5 TFLs and a sack.