12:00 PM ET, September 6, 2003
Memorial Stadium, CHAMPAIGN, IL
Beutjer connected with Mark Kornfeld for a 32-yard score, Kelvin Hayden for a 41-yard TD and Lonnie Hurst for a 30-yarder on successive Illinois drives in the first quarter after Illinois State marched down the field on the opening drive only to fumble at the end zone.
Despite the score, Division I-AA Illinois State was anything but a pushover for the Illini.
The Redbirds (1-1) rolled up 511 yards in total offense behind Mike Souza, who completed 33 of 56 passes for 385 yards. He also carried the ball 16 times for 71 yards.
Dwayne Smith, who transferred from Illinois before last season, caught 14 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, one a 74-yard play, against his former team.
Tailback Morris Virgil led the Illini with 84 yards on nine carries, one of them 35 yards for a score in the third quarter. Freshman E.B. Halsey ran the ball 20 times for 73 yards.
Illinois (1-1) built a 31-3 halftime lead after defensive end Derrick Strong blocked a field goal attempt and Williams ran it back for a touchdown as time ran out.
But the Redbirds outplayed the Illini in the third quarter and closed the gap to 38-19 going into the fourth quarter.
Beutjer's fourth TD pass of the game was a 4-yarder to Brad Haywood with 10:06 remaining.
Stephen Carroll kicked three field goals for the Redbirds. Jon Gockman kicked two for the Illini, who travel to UCLA next week.
Illinois State took the opening kickoff and marched from its own 34 to the Illinois 9 in six plays, with Souza completing four straight passes. But on a second-and-6 quarterback draw, Souza fumbled the ball into the end zone and Illini safety Marc Jackson recovered for a touchback.
The Redbirds scored on their first possession of the second half, with Souza's 10-yard TD pass to Smith capping a 13 play, 78-yard drive.
|3rd Down Conversions||7-17||7-12|
|4th Down Conversions||3-3||0-0|
|TD||7:23||MARK KORNFELD 32 YD PASS FROM JON BEUTJER (JOHN GOCKMAN KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||4:28||KELVIN HAYDEN 41 YD PASS FROM JON BEUTJER (JOHN GOCKMAN KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||2:03||LONNIE HURST 30 YD PASS FROM JON BEUTJER (JOHN GOCKMAN KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 41 yards.
|FG||7:35||STEPHEN CARROLL 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 59 yards.
|FG||1:18||JOHN GOCKMAN 40 YD FG|
Drive info: 15 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||0:00||TRAVIS WILLIAMS 66 YD BLOCKED FG RETURN (JOHN GOCKMAN KICK)||3||31|
|TD||7:28||DWAYNE SMITH 10 YD PASS FROM MIKE SOUZA (STEPHEN CARROLL KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 78 yards.
|FG||5:38||STEPHEN CARROLL 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 32 yards.
|TD||3:13||MORRIS VIRGIL 35 YD RUN (JOHN GOCKMAN KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||1:13||DWAYNE SMITH 74 YD PASS FROM MIKE SOUZA (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||10:06||BRAD HAYWOOD 4 YD PASS FROM JON BEUTJER (KELVIN HAYDEN 2PT PASS FROM JON BEUTJER)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yards.
|FG||1:58||JOHN GOCKMAN 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yards.
|FG||0:00||STEPHEN CARROLL 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 58 yards.