Illinois 42, Southern Illinois 34

Date - Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:00 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 42175

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern Illinois 7 0 17 10 34
Illinois 3 22 14 3 42

Recap


Illinois 42, Southern Illinois 34: Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career-high 416 yards and two scores, and the host Illini survived a furious second-half rally in the season opener.

Southern Illinois (0-1) trailed 39-17 with 5:30 remaining in the third quarter, but roared back to within 42-34 on Kory Faulkner's third touchdown pass of the game, a 1-yard strike to MyCole Pruitt with 4:14 to go. The Salukis reached the Illinois 3 yard line on their final possession, but Faulkner's fourth-down pass with 44 seconds remaining fell incomplete.

Faulkner completed 25-of-40 passes for 312 yards and three scores as the Salukis racked up 407 yards on Illinois (1-0). It was not enough, though, thanks to Scheelhaase’s big day and two separate 2-yard touchdown runs by Donovonn Young and Aaron Bailey.

Scheelhasse finished 28-for-36, connecting on touchdown passes with Josh Ferguson (53 yards) and Jon Davis (11 yards), both scores coming in the second quarter as the Illini built a 25-7 halftime advantage. Ryan Lankford finished with 115 yards receiving for Illinois, and Ferguson added 103 yards.

Southern Illinois started its rally after Illinois' V’Angelo Bentley returned a kickoff 100 yards to make it 39-17 Illinois. Faulkner threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to John Lantz and, after an Illinois field goal, the Salukis tallied the next 10 points on a Thomas Kinney 41-yard field goal and the touchdown pass to Pruitt to pull within eight points. 

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Backup quarterback Reilly O’Toole ran a series for Scheelhaase late in the fourth quarter only to complete a pass for minus 1 yard on second down before getting sacked for a 7-yard loss on third. …Ten Illinois players caught passes, totally 415 yards. … Scheelhaase's 416 yards are the third most by an Illinois quarterback in the last 10 seasons.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:38
Illinois   FG  Illinois 3 - Southern Illinois 0
1st Quarter - 8:01
Southern Illinois   TD  Illinois 3 - Southern Illinois 7
2nd Quarter - 9:31
Illinois   TD  Illinois 10 - Southern Illinois 7
2nd Quarter - 9:02
Illinois   TD  Illinois 17 - Southern Illinois 7
2nd Quarter - 0:17
Illinois   TD  Illinois 25 - Southern Illinois 7
3rd Quarter - 12:04
Southern Illinois   TD  Illinois 25 - Southern Illinois 14
3rd Quarter - 8:48
Illinois   TD  Illinois 32 - Southern Illinois 14
3rd Quarter - 5:47
Southern Illinois   FG  Illinois 32 - Southern Illinois 17
3rd Quarter - 5:30
Illinois   TD  Illinois 39 - Southern Illinois 17
3rd Quarter - 2:48
Southern Illinois   TD  Illinois 39 - Southern Illinois 24
4th Quarter - 12:05
Illinois   FG  Illinois 42 - Southern Illinois 24
4th Quarter - 7:08
Southern Illinois   FG  Illinois 42 - Southern Illinois 27
4th Quarter - 4:14
Southern Illinois   TD  Illinois 42 - Southern Illinois 34
TEAMS

Team Records

  Southern Illinois Illinois
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Southern Illinois Illinois
Score 34 42
First Downs 17 21
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-15
33%
6-for-14
43%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 407 464
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 26-66 30-49
Average/Rush 2.5 1.6
Passing
Comp-Att 26-41 29-37
Passing Yards 341 415
Average/Pass Play 8.3 9.9
Penalties-Yards 6-56 8-70
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 30:48 29:12

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Faulkner 25/40 312 3 0
J. Lantz 1/1 29 0 0
Illinois (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Scheelhaase 28/36 416 2 1
R. O'Toole 1/1 -1 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. McCall 7 24 3.4 1
K. Malcome 12 21 1.8 0
T. Willis 3 13 4.3 0
K. Faulkner 3 10 3.3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Ferguson 9 49 5.4 0
J. Davis 1 15 15.0 0
D. Church 1 9 9.0 0
D. Young 8 6 0.8 1
A. Bailey 2 6 3.0 1
R. O'Toole 1 -7 -7.0 0
N. Scheelhaase 7 -27 -3.9 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Lantz 4 99 24.8 1
M. Pruitt 5 83 16.6 1
L. McKinney 7 52 7.4 0
K. Faulkner 1 29 29.0 0
I. Lamprakes 1 24 24.0 0
T. Willis 4 21 5.2 0
J. Sullivan 2 15 7.5 0
M. McCall 1 15 15.0 0
R. Hicks 1 3 3.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Lankford 6 115 19.2 0
J. Ferguson 4 103 25.8 1
S. Hull 2 64 32.0 0
M. Barr 4 36 9.0 0
T. Clary 1 33 33.0 0
M. Osei 5 24 4.8 0
E. Wilson 2 15 7.5 0
J. Davis 2 14 7.0 1
J. Hardee 2 6 3.0 0
M. LaCosse 1 5 5.0 0