Boxscore
Illinois 23, Western Michigan 20
Saturday, September 24, 2011 3:30 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 43684

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Western Michigan 3 10 0 7 20
Illinois 7 3 10 3 23

Recap


With an injured quarterback facing a stiff pass defense, the Illinois rushing attack picked up the slack, edging Western Michigan 23-20 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Fighting Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase, playing with an injured shoulder, got a combined 233 rushing yards from Troy Pollard (133) and Donovonn Young. Scheelhaase ran for 40 more on his own, helping Illinois rack up 294 yards on the ground.

Derek Dimke’s 21-yard field goal was the difference-maker with just over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The mammoth Illini offensive line paved the road down the stretch, allowing Illinois to eat the clock and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1951 – the last time it won the national championship.

Western Michigan QB Alex Carder did his part by throwing for 308 yards against a chaotic Illinois pass rush. He tossed two touchdowns and was picked off once. Broncos stud receiver Jordan White had 134 yards and one touchdown, posting his third 100-yard game of the season for the Broncos (2-1).

Young, a heralded freshman, had a breakout game that included a 56-yard sprint in the second quarter to go along with a touchdown in the third quarter.

Scheelhaase finished the game with 133 yards passing.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 7:45
Illinois   TD  Illinois 7 - Western Michigan 0
1st Quarter - 0:41
Western Michigan   FG  Illinois 7 - Western Michigan 3
2nd Quarter - 8:12
Illinois   FG  Illinois 10 - Western Michigan 3
2nd Quarter - 3:26
Western Michigan   FG  Illinois 10 - Western Michigan 6
2nd Quarter - 1:42
Western Michigan   TD  Illinois 10 - Western Michigan 13
3rd Quarter - 10:27
Illinois   TD  Illinois 17 - Western Michigan 13
3rd Quarter - 1:37
Illinois   FG  Illinois 20 - Western Michigan 13
4th Quarter - 13:58
Western Michigan   TD  Illinois 20 - Western Michigan 20
4th Quarter - 8:14
Illinois   FG  Illinois 23 - Western Michigan 20
TEAMS

Team Records

  Western Michigan Illinois
W/L 2 - 2 - 0 4 - 0 - 0
Conference 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Western Michigan Illinois
Score 20 23
First Downs 17 21
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-15
27%
8-for-18
44%
4th Down Efficiency 3-for-3
100%
0-for-3
0%
Total Yards 341 463
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 21-35 52-296
Average/Rush 1.7 5.7
Passing
Comp-Att 30-48 17-26
Passing Yards 306 167
Average/Pass Play 6.1 5.8
Penalties-Yards 8-59 5-55
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 24:39 35:21

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Carder 30/48 306 2 1
Illinois (4 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Scheelhaase 14/20 133 1 1
R. O'Toole 3/6 34 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Fields 8 18 2.2 0
T. Drake 5 18 3.6 0
A. Scriven 2 0 0.0 0
A. Carder 6 -1 -0.2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Pollard 14 133 9.5 0
D. Young 12 100 8.3 1
N. Scheelhaase 17 40 2.4 0
J. Ford 8 23 2.9 0
J. Prosch 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. White 14 132 9.4 1
C. Ravenell 5 72 14.4 1
R. Arnheim 4 66 16.5 0
E. Monette 4 20 5.0 0
B. Hammond 1 11 11.0 0
C. Prom 1 10 10.0 0
B. Fields 1 -5 -5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Jenkins 6 43 7.2 0
E. Viliunas 1 39 39.0 0
E. Wilson 3 33 11.0 1
J. Ford 3 21 7.0 0
S. Harris 1 9 9.0 0
J. Davis 1 9 9.0 0
D. Millines 1 8 8.0 0
D. Young 1 5 5.0 0
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