Boxscore
Illinois 38, Northwestern 35
Saturday, October 1, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 53243

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Northwestern 0 14 14 7 35
Illinois 7 3 7 21 38

Recap


Nathan Scheelhaase had a 2-yard rushing touchdown with 13 seconds left as No. 22 Illinois completed an 18-point second-half comeback to defeat Northwestern 38-35 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

A.J. Jenkins finished with a school-record 268 yards receiving and three touchdowns for Illinois, which outgained Northwestern 473-332.

Illinois (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) had taken a three-point lead on Donovonn Young’s 1-yard touchdown run with 6:53 left, but Northwestern, after recovering a fumble near midfield, responded on Jason Schmidt’s 6-yard touchdown run with 1:15 left to put the Wildcats up 35-31.

With a chance for a go-ahead score, the Illini took over at its own 31-yard line and moved 69 yards on six plays to set up the winning touchdown.

The victory was the third for Illinois against its cross-town rivals in the last nine meetings, which includes last year’s 48-27 win. The Wildcats, who were without senior quarterback Dan Persa in last year’s meeting, lost him once again to injury late in this one.

Persa suffered a leg injury early in the fourth quarter, but not before throwing for a career-high four touchdown passes for the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten).

Illinois won its Big Ten opener for the first time since 2007 when the Illini beat Indiana 27-14.

Northwestern led 14-10 at the half. 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 2:28
Illinois   TD  Illinois 7 - Northwestern 0
2nd Quarter - 12:31
Northwestern   TD  Illinois 7 - Northwestern 7
2nd Quarter - 2:08
Northwestern   TD  Illinois 7 - Northwestern 14
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Illinois   FG  Illinois 10 - Northwestern 14
3rd Quarter - 11:42
Northwestern   TD  Illinois 10 - Northwestern 21
3rd Quarter - 7:11
Northwestern   TD  Illinois 10 - Northwestern 28
3rd Quarter - 3:51
Illinois   TD  Illinois 17 - Northwestern 28
4th Quarter - 14:53
Illinois   TD  Illinois 23 - Northwestern 28
4th Quarter - 6:53
Illinois   TD  Illinois 31 - Northwestern 28
4th Quarter - 1:15
Northwestern   TD  Illinois 31 - Northwestern 35
4th Quarter - 0:13
Illinois   TD  Illinois 38 - Northwestern 35
TEAMS

Team Records

  Northwestern Illinois
W/L 2 - 2 - 0 5 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Northwestern Illinois
Score 35 38
First Downs 21 23
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-13
38%
7-for-13
54%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 329 473
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 51-169 38-82
Average/Rush 3.3 2.2
Passing
Comp-Att 12-16 21-32
Passing Yards 160 391
Average/Pass Play 8.0 10.9
Penalties-Yards 4-48 8-70
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 30:29 29:31

PLAYER STATS

Northwestern (2 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Persa 10/14 123 4 0
K. Colter 2/2 37 0 0
Illinois (5 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Scheelhaase 21/32 391 3 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Green 17 67 3.9 0
M. Trumpy 12 63 5.2 0
K. Colter 6 29 4.8 0
J. Schmidt 6 14 2.3 1
A. Smith 1 -1 -1.0 0
D. Persa 9 -3 -0.3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
N. Scheelhaase 20 35 1.8 1
D. Young 8 29 3.6 1
J. Ford 7 9 1.3 0
T. Pollard 3 9 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Ebert 5 76 15.2 3
J. Schmidt 3 40 13.3 0
D. Dunsmore 3 26 8.7 1
K. Colter 0 13 0.0 0
D. Fields 1 5 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Jenkins 12 268 22.3 3
S. Harris 6 63 10.5 0
E. Wilson 1 36 36.0 0
J. Ford 2 24 12.0 0
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