Boxscore
Illinois 38, Baylor 14
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 6:00 PM
Location - Reliant Stadium
Attendance - 68211

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Illinois 6 10 8 14 38
Baylor 0 0 7 7 14

Recap


Mikel Leshoure rushed for three touchdowns, and the normally dormant Illinois passing game provided a spark in a 38-14 victory over Baylor Wednesday in the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Leshoure, who ranked eighth in the nation with 126.1 rushing yards per game, helped the Illini (7-6) pull away for their first bowl victory since 1999. He finished with 184 yards on 29 carries, including touchdown runs of 5, 13 and 5 yards.

Illinois, which ranked 115th in FBS in passing yards at 143.4 per game, got 242 yards passing from Nathan Scheelhaase. He also rushed for a 55-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Derek Dimke provided the early offense for the Illini, kicking first-quarter field goals of 38 and 28 yards. Dimke’s 43-yard field goal 1:09 into the second quarter made it 9-0.

Leshoure rushed for a 5-yard touchdown two minutes later, capping an 86-yard drive to give the Illini a 16-0 lead. Leshoure rushed for a 13-yard score with 11:40 left in the third quarter, adding the two-point conversion to push the Illini lead to 24-0.

Baylor (7-6), making its first bowl appearance since 1994, got on the board on Jay Finley’s 4-yard touchdown run with 8:03 left in the third quarter. Kendall Wright’s 39-yard touchdown reception from Robert Griffin III and Aaron Jones’ extra point pulled the Bears within 24-14 with 13:43 left.

Leshoure added a 5-yard touchdown run with 7:14 left.

Griffin finished 30-of-41 for 306 yards for Baylor.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:03
Illinois   FG  Baylor 0 - Illinois 3
1st Quarter - 3:45
Illinois   FG  Baylor 0 - Illinois 6
2nd Quarter - 13:51
Illinois   FG  Baylor 0 - Illinois 9
2nd Quarter - 9:42
Illinois   TD  Baylor 0 - Illinois 16
3rd Quarter - 11:40
Illinois   TD  Baylor 0 - Illinois 24
3rd Quarter - 8:03
Baylor   TD  Baylor 7 - Illinois 24
4th Quarter - 13:43
Baylor   TD  Baylor 14 - Illinois 24
4th Quarter - 7:14
Illinois   TD  Baylor 14 - Illinois 31
4th Quarter - 0:41
Illinois   TD  Baylor 14 - Illinois 38
TEAMS

Team Records

  Illinois Baylor
W/L 7 - 6 - 0 7 - 6 - 0
Conference 4 - 4 - 0 4 - 4 - 0

Team Stats

  Illinois Baylor
Score 38 14
First Downs 25 24
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-14
43%
2-for-10
20%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 533 437
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 50-291 29-124
Average/Rush 5.8 4.3
Passing
Comp-Att 18-23 31-43
Passing Yards 242 313
Average/Pass Play 9.7 6.8
Penalties-Yards 6-51 7-74
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 4-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 33:15 26:45

PLAYER STATS

Illinois (7 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Scheelhaase 18/23 242 0 0
Baylor (7 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Griffin III 30/41 306 1 0
N. Florence 1/1 7 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. LeShoure 29 184 6.3 3
J. Ford 12 54 4.5 0
N. Scheelhaase 9 53 5.9 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Finley 12 63 5.2 1
R. Griffin III 16 44 2.8 0
T. Reese 1 17 17.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Lankford 1 52 52.0 0
A. Jenkins 6 52 8.7 0
D. Milliness 1 32 32.0 0
J. Fayson 4 31 7.8 0
J. Ford 3 29 9.7 0
E. Wilson 1 25 25.0 0
M. LeShoure 2 21 10.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Wright 12 127 10.6 1
B. Taylor 5 81 16.2 0
J. Gordon 6 50 8.3 0
T. Reese 3 22 7.3 0
T. Williams 1 12 12.0 0
J. Monk 1 10 10.0 0
K. Buerck 1 8 8.0 0
L. Sampson 2 3 1.5 0
Advertisement