3:30 PM ET, October 4, 2008
Michigan Stadium, ANN ARBOR, MI
Illinois QB Williams sets Michigan Stadium record with 431 yards of total offense
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Juice Williams beat Michigan with an accurate arm, quick feet and a cool head.
Williams threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 121 yards and two scores without making a mistake, leading Illinois to a 45-20 win over the Wolverines on Saturday.
• Illinois QB Juice Williams set a Michigan Stadium record with 431 yards of total offense (passing: 310 yards, 2 TDs; rushing: 121 yards/2 TDs), which also tied the most ever by a Michigan opponent anywhere.
• It was the most points the Illini have ever scored against the Wolverines and matches the famed Red Grange game in 1924 as Illinois' most lopsided victory against Michigan.
• The 45 points were the most by an opponent in Ann Arbor since Florida State scored 51 in 1991.
• At 2-3, Michigan is off to its worst five-game start since 1967 (1-4).
-- ESPN research
The quarterback's 431 yards of total offense for the Fighting Illini (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) were the most any player has had at Michigan Stadium and it matched an opponent record against the Wolverines.
The Illini set a school record for points against Michigan, surpassing the 39 points Red Grange helped them score in 1924 as Memorial Stadium was dedicated, and they scored the most any team has at the Big House since Florida State had 51 in 1991.
Michigan (2-3, 1-1) has its worst record after five games since starting 1-4 in 1967, two years before Bo Schembechler arrived.
The Wolverines got off to a good start for a change, scoring a season-high 14 points in the first quarter, then they gave up 28 unanswered points and then some more to turn the game into a rout.
Williams completed 13 of 26 passes and many of his incomplete passes were intentional after he eluded sacks and threw the ball away to avoid big losses. He ran the ball 19 times, including a 50-yard run that set up a score in the fourth quarter.
Arrelious Benn had six catches for 122 yards for the Illini, who fell out of The Associated Press poll this week for the first time this season following a loss at Penn State.
Michigan's Steven Threet was 18-of-35 for 250 yards and two TDs. Sam McGuffie ran for 70 yards and a touchdown and freshman Martavious Odoums set season highs with seven receptions and 129 yards receiving.
Thanks to Williams' sensational performance, Illinois won at Michigan Stadium for the first time since 1999. That victory helped the Illini go from 3-3 to 8-4, including a bowl win over Virginia, in what was their best season before winning nine games last season and playing in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1984.
Michigan has some work to do to win enough games to play in a 34th straight bowl in Rich Rodriguez's debut season with college football's winningest program.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-15||5-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|TD||08:29||Sam Mcguffie 4 Yd Run (K.C. Lopata Kick)||0||7|
|FG||05:21||Matt Eller 48 Yd||3||7|
|TD||00:49||Greg Mathews 11 Yd Pass From Steven Threet (K.C. Lopata Kick)||3||14|
|TD||14:55||Juice Williams 6 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick)||10||14|
|TD||10:49||Daniel Dufrene 57 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Matt Eller Kick)||17||14|
|TD||13:34||Jeff Cumberland 77 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Matt Eller Kick)||24||14|
|TD||14:23||Jason Ford 2 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick)||31||14|
|TD||11:54||Mark Moundros 2 Yd Pass From Steven Threet (Pat Failed)||31||20|
|TD||07:25||Mikel Leshoure 1 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick)||38||20|
|TD||06:01||Juice Williams 2 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick)||45||20|