CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois to a surprise 45-17 win Saturday over Cincinnati.
The Illini (2-0) went up 21-0 in the second quarter and survived a Bearcat rally to stay undefeated.
For the Bearcats (1-1) the loss was made worse by quarterback Munchie Legaux's injury. He left in the fourth quarter on a cart with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. Details were not immediately available.
Scheelhaase threw to 11 different receivers. The biggest catch was Steve Hull's 22-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. It capped a 99-yard drive and put Illinois up 28-10.
That drive was set up by Legaux's fumble on a fourth-down play at the Illinois goal line. It was first ruled a touchdown but a review revealed Legaux fumbled after a hard hit by Earnest Thomas.
Legaux was 17-31 for 237 yards and a touchdown.
Nike Men's Illinois Fighting Illini Blue/Orange Team Issue Performance PoloShop
How the hardships of picking oranges and tomatoes in the fields of Florida delivered Clemson star Mackensie Alexander to the NFL's doorstep.
SEC Network's Maria Taylor, Marcus Spears and Kevin Weidl discuss the fit for QB Brandon Allen at Jacksonville and RB Jonathan Williams at Buffalo.
SEC Network's Maria Taylor, Marcus Spears and Kevin Weidl discuss the former Mississippi State QB's potential with the Cowboys.
SEC Network's Marcus Spears and Kevin Weidl discuss the SEC players that will have the biggest overall impact in the NFL.
SEC Network's Marcus Spears and Kevin Weidl break down the best fits for offense and defense, and players with the most upside from Day 3 of the Draft.
The Browns drafted former Arizona LB Scooby Wright III in the seventh round of the NFL draft, and he celebrated by jumping into the pool fully clothed.