CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois to a surprise 45-17 win Saturday over Cincinnati.
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Illinois blasted Cincinnati 45-17 at home in a result almost nobody saw coming. The Illini are no longer a laughingstock, writes Brian Bennett. Blog
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.
Illinois has 240 yards offense so far vs Cincinnati after recording 464 last week vs Southern Illinois. Illinois did not have back-to-back games of over 400 yds offense all of last season (last time they had cons. games with 400 yds offense was a stretch of 3 straight such games Sept. 24-Oct. 8. 2011).