Scores

Final

W Michigan 27

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Illinois 30

(2-1, 2-1 home)

2:00 PM ET, September 18, 2004

Memorial Stadium, CHAMPAIGN, IL

1 2 3 4 T
WMU 7 6 7 727
ILL 14 6 3 730

Illinois 30, Western Michigan 27

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- E.B. Halsey's 40-yard punt return and a pass interference penalty in the end zone set up Illinois' winning touchdown with 1:02 remaining in a 30-27 win over Western Michigan on Saturday.

Halsey returned the punt to the Western Michigan 40 and Illinois (2-1) moved to the 19 in four plays. On second-and-3, Illini quarterback Brad Bower tried to hit Ade Adeyamo in the right corner of the end zone, but Adeyamo was hit before the ball arrived.

The penalty put the ball on the Western Michigan 4 and Halsey scored his second TD of the day on the next play. The Illinois defense kept the Broncos pinned back in the final minute.

Western Michigan (1-2) had taken a 27-23 lead with 6:56 remaining after Blake Sims ran an interception back 56 yards to the Illinois 44. Eight plays later, Ryan Cubit hit Greg Jennings from 3 yards out.

Bower, a redshirt freshman playing for injured starter Jon Beutjer, completed 10 of 19 passes for 177 yards. He was intercepted twice. Halsey rushed 20 times for 91 yards and Adeyamo caught 6 passes for 93 yards.

The Broncos moved the ball easily on the Illinois defense, rolling up 406 yards to Illinois' 353. Western Michigan running back Trovon Riley carried the ball 17 times for 75 yards and freshman Mark Bonds had 13 carries for 71 yards.

Cubit was 27-of-41 for 273 yards.

Western Michigan kicked its first two field goals of the season in the first half. Nate Meyer connected from 50 yards out and Robert Menchinger hit from 22 to break a string of four straight misses.

Illinois kicker Jason Reda connected on a 34-yard field goal, but missed an extra point -- breaking a string of 202 consecutive extra point kicks for Illinois.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WMU
ILL
1st Downs2323
Total Yards406353
Passing273177
Rushing133176
Penalties8-822-20
3rd Down Conversions8-165-12
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers23
Possession31:0828:52

Passing Leaders

Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Cubit27/412736.721-
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Bower10/191779.312-

Rushing Leaders

Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Riley17754.4114
Bonds13715.5018
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Halsey20914.6215
Thomas12786.5028

Receiving Leaders

Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings78412.0134
Walker6477.8012
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Adeyemo69315.5039
Jones35418.0128

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWMUILL
TD14:47PIERRE THOMAS 99 YD KICK RETURN (JASON REDA KICK)07
TD8:51TROVON RILEY 1 YD RUN (ROBERT MENCHINGER KICK)77
TD4:02E.B. HALSEY 3 YD RUN (JASON REDA KICK)714
SECOND QUARTERWMUILL
FG14:55NATE MEYER 50 YD FG1014
FG5:11ROBERT MENCHINGER 22 YD FG1314
TD3:41KENDRICK JONES 28 YD PASS FROM BRAD BOWER (MISSED KICK)1320
THIRD QUARTERWMUILL
TD5:59BRIAN JACKSON 8 YD PASS FROM RYAN CUBIT (ROBERT MENCHINGER KICK)2020
FG0:25JASON REDA 34 YD FG2023
FOURTH QUARTERWMUILL
TD6:56GREG JENNINGS 3 YD PASS FROM RYAN CUBIT (ROBERT MENCHINGER KICK)2723
TD1:02E.B. HALSEY 4 YD RUN (JASON REDA KICK)2730