Boxscore
Illinois 24, Western Michigan 7
Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 43441

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Western Michigan 0 0 7 0 7
Illinois 10 7 0 7 24

Recap


Illinois 24, Western Michigan 7: Junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw for one touchdown and ran in another as Illinois raced to a big early lead, then used its dominating defense to overpower visiting Western Michigan in the season opener for both teams.

The win marked the seventh straight home opening victory for the Fighting Illini, while WMU dropped its eighth straight season opener.

Scheelhaase, who left in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return, had both his scores in the first half as Illinois led 17-0 at the break.

The Fighting Illini wasted little time getting started as Scheelhaase threw a 64-yard TD pass to Ryan Lankford on the fourth play of the game.

Illinois forced four WMU turnovers and held Broncos quarterback Alex Carder to just 239 yards passing while intercepting him three times, including a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ashante Williams in the fourth quarter to give Illinois a 24-7 lead. 
 
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Illinois defense held WMU to minus-6 yards rushing. ... Reilly O'Toole relieved Scheelhaase and completed 2 of 3 passes for just 7 yards. ... The Illini won the time of possession 35:02 to 24:58. ... Of the eight straight losses in season openers by Western Michigan, six have come against teams from the Big Ten. 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 13:20
Illinois   TD  Illinois 7 - Western Michigan 0
1st Quarter - 5:51
Illinois   FG  Illinois 10 - Western Michigan 0
2nd Quarter - 7:40
Illinois   TD  Illinois 17 - Western Michigan 0
3rd Quarter - 0:32
Western Michigan   TD  Illinois 17 - Western Michigan 7
4th Quarter - 9:06
Illinois   TD  Illinois 24 - Western Michigan 7
TEAMS

Team Records

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

Team Stats

  Western Michigan Illinois
Score 7 24
First Downs 13 13
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-17
35%
5-for-16
31%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 259 248
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 19--6 41-115
Average/Rush -0.3 2.8
Passing
Comp-Att 28-47 13-21
Passing Yards 265 133
Average/Pass Play 5.4 6.3
Penalties-Yards 6-39 5-30
Fumbles-Lost 6-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Time of Possession 24:58 35:02

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Carder 26/43 239 1 3
T. VanTubbergen 2/3 26 0 0
J. Wilson 0/1 0 0 0
Illinois (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Scheelhaase 11/18 126 1 1
R. O'Toole 2/3 7 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Drake 8 29 3.6 0
D. Chance 5 7 1.4 0
A. Scriven 1 1 1.0 0
T. VanTubbergen 2 -12 -6.0 0
A. Carder 3 -31 -10.3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Davis 6 54 9.0 0
J. Ferguson 11 38 3.5 0
N. Scheelhaase 7 21 3.0 1
M. Osei 3 8 2.7 0
R. O'Toole 2 3 1.5 0
D. Young 11 2 0.2 0
R. Lankford 1 -11 -11.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Wilson 8 59 7.4 1
E. Monette 4 53 13.2 0
J. Collins 3 50 16.7 0
J. Schaffer 4 49 12.2 0
B. Hammond 1 23 23.0 0
D. Duncan 3 16 5.3 0
M. Cutler 3 13 4.3 0
D. Chance 1 4 4.0 0
A. Scriven 1 -2 -2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Lankford 1 64 64.0 1
D. Young 6 24 4.0 0
S. Harris 3 19 6.3 0
E. Viliunas 1 12 12.0 0
D. Millines 1 9 9.0 0
J. Ferguson 1 5 5.0 0
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