Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17

Date - Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 43031

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Cincinnati 0 7 10 0 17
Illinois 7 14 7 17 45

Recap


Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17: Nathan Scheelhaase threw for four touchdowns and the host Illini benefited from a controversial replay overturn to match their win total from last season.

Munchie Legaux rushed for a team-high 52 yards and threw for 237 yards and a touchdown for the Bearcats (1-1) before he was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a serious left leg injury when he took a high-low hit from Houston Bates and Tim Kynard. Legaux was loaded into the ambulance and taken to a hospital for further observation.

Scheelhaase went 26-for-37 for 312 yards and tossed one TD pass in every quarter – all of which covered at least 22 yards – for Illinois, which went 2-10 a season ago. Donovonn Young rushed for a game-high 64 yards and a late touchdown to cap off 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points for the Illini (2-0).

Scheelhaase sandwiched first-half touchdown passes of 48 yards to Josh Ferguson and 23 yards to Evan Wilson around a 29-yard score on an end-around by Ryan Lankford as Illinois jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Legaux got Cincinnati on the board on a 1-yard TD pass to Max Morrison eight seconds before intermission.

The Bearcats trimmed the deficit to 21-10 on their first drive out of the break and Legaux appeared to score on a fourth-and-goal conversion on the next drive, but the initial touchdown call was overturned when it was ruled he fumbled the ball short of the goal line. Scheelhaase responded by leading a 12-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a 22-yard TD pass to Steve Hull on the ensuing drive.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ferguson’s TD catch gave Illinois its seventh play of at least 30 yards through two games, one more than it had all of last season. … The Bearcats collected at least three turnovers in each of their last three contests, but did not force a miscue on Saturday. … The Illini amassed 522 total yards, posting 400-yard games in back-to-back contests for the first time since three straight such games from Sept. 24 - Oct. 8. 2011.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 5:45
Illinois   TD  Illinois 7 - Cincinnati 0
2nd Quarter - 12:47
Illinois   TD  Illinois 14 - Cincinnati 0
2nd Quarter - 7:04
Illinois   TD  Illinois 21 - Cincinnati 0
2nd Quarter - 0:08
Cincinnati   TD  Illinois 21 - Cincinnati 7
3rd Quarter - 11:15
Cincinnati   FG  Illinois 21 - Cincinnati 10
3rd Quarter - 2:48
Illinois   TD  Illinois 28 - Cincinnati 10
3rd Quarter - 1:34
Cincinnati   TD  Illinois 28 - Cincinnati 17
4th Quarter - 9:57
Illinois   FG  Illinois 31 - Cincinnati 17
4th Quarter - 8:23
Illinois   TD  Illinois 38 - Cincinnati 17
4th Quarter - 2:11
Illinois   TD  Illinois 45 - Cincinnati 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  Cincinnati Illinois
W/L 1 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Cincinnati Illinois
Score 17 45
First Downs 24 27
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-13
23%
9-for-15
60%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 456 522
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 32-148 39-210
Average/Rush 4.6 5.4
Passing
Comp-Att 23-42 26-37
Passing Yards 308 312
Average/Pass Play 7.0 8.4
Penalties-Yards 7-48 5-24
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 23:32 36:28

PLAYER STATS

Cincinnati (1 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Legaux 17/31 237 1 1
B. Kay 6/11 71 0 0
Illinois (2 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Scheelhaase 26/37 312 4 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Legaux 11 52 4.7 0
R. Abernathy IV 12 47 3.9 1
H. Williams 5 43 8.6 0
B. Kay 3 3 1.0 0
M. Morrison 1 3 3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Young 14 64 4.6 1
J. Ferguson 9 47 5.2 0
R. Lankford 3 46 15.3 1
N. Scheelhaase 8 24 3.0 0
M. Barr 1 24 24.0 0
A. Bailey 3 4 1.3 0
D. Church 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. McClung 6 94 15.7 0
S. Washington 5 83 16.6 0
C. Moore 3 45 15.0 0
M. Morrison 4 45 11.2 1
M. McKay 2 17 8.5 0
J. Graves 1 10 10.0 0
R. Abernathy IV 1 8 8.0 0
B. Annen 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Barr 5 72 14.4 1
J. Ferguson 2 55 27.5 1
S. Hull 3 53 17.7 1
E. Wilson 2 43 21.5 1
M. Osei 3 30 10.0 0
J. Davis 4 25 6.2 0
S. Harris 3 16 5.3 0
J. Hardee 1 13 13.0 0
R. Lankford 1 10 10.0 0
D. Church 1 -1 -1.0 0
M. LaCosse 1 -4 -4.0 0