Scores

Final

Illinois 17

(5-5, 1-4 away)

W Michigan 23

(8-2, 5-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, November 8, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
ILL 7 0 3 717
WMU 3 17 0 323

Top Performers

Passing: T. Hiller (WMU) - 301 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Williams (ILL) - 12 CAR, 68 YDS

Receiving: J. Simmons (WMU) - 11 REC, 174 YDS, 1 TD

Western Michigan shakes up Illinois, QB Williams

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Tim Hiller threw two touchdowns and John Potter kicked three field goals to help Western Michigan beat Illinois 23-17 on Saturday.

The loss prevented Illinois (5-5, 3-3 Big Ten) from clinching bowl eligibility. The Illini will get two more shots to qualify for a bowl: next week against 11th-ranked Ohio State and on Nov. 22 at No. 24 Northwestern.

Hiller's touchdown passes came after Illinois quarterback Juice Williams was intercepted on consecutive possessions in the second quarter. Hiller completed 28-of-40 passes for 301 yards and surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the second consecutive year.

Western Michigan (8-2, 5-1 Mid-Amercan) already is bowl eligible. However, the Broncos trail No. 167 Ball State and Central Michigan in the MAC West standings and might not qualify for the MAC championship game. The winner of that contest receives an automatic bowl bid.

Williams completed 20-of-45 passes for 328 yards and a touchdown, but he was sacked twice in addition to the two interceptions. On their final possession, he led the Illini from their own 1-yard line to Western Michigan's 18, but a fourth-down pass to Arrelious Benn was incomplete.

The Broncos, hosting a game at Ford Field for the first time, gave up 443 total yards to an Illini offense ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILL
WMU
1st Downs2120
Total Yards443365
Passing328301
Rushing11564
Penalties3-304-30
3rd Down Conversions1-137-15
4th Down Conversions2-40-0
Turnovers21
Possession26:3533:25

Passing Leaders

IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams20/453287.312
Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hiller28/403017.520

Rushing Leaders

IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams12685.7019
Dufrene6366.0011
Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
West18573.2012
Winchester4194.8011

Receiving Leaders

IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Benn711115.9037
Cumberland37625.3161
Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simmons1117415.8127
Ledbetter5397.8019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILLWMU
FG10:48John Potter 31 Yd 03
TD02:20Jason Ford 1 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERILLWMU
FG12:04John Potter 22 Yd 76
TD09:06Robert Arnheim 10 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (John Potter Kick) 713
TD04:27Jamarko Simmons 15 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (John Potter Kick) 720
THIRD QUARTERILLWMU
FG04:08Matt Eller 20 Yd 1020
FOURTH QUARTERILLWMU
FG14:55John Potter 45 Yd 1023
TD12:30Jeff Cumberland 5 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Matt Eller Kick) 1723