Scores

Final

W Illinois 0

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Illinois 21

(1-1, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL), Champaign, IL

1 2 3 4 T
WIU 0 0 0 00
ILL 0 7 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: M. Barr (WIU) - 71 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Mendenhall (ILL) - 23 CAR, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Sims (WIU) - 5 REC, 53 YDS

Illinois 21, W. Illinois 0

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 139 yards and Illinois pulled away in the second half for a 21-0 win over Western Illinois on Saturday.

Western Illinois held the Illini (1-1) to a scoreless draw in the first quarter and trailed just 7-0 at the half.

The Leathernecks (1-1) came into the game ranked No. 23 in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly I-AA.

A 9-yard touchdown run by quarterback Juice Williams put Illinois up 13-0 early in the third quarter. With a two-touchdown lead, Illinois rode Mendenhall in the second half. The junior running back carried the ball eight times for 48 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter.

Leatherneck running back Herb Donaldson provided most of his team's offense. He carried the ball 27 times for 59 yards.

Western Illinois had only 85 yards of offense in the first half, 54 coming on 17 tough carries by Donaldson. The Leathernecks were in Illinois territory just two times, and then only briefly.

But Illini mistakes, something coach Ron Zook complained about after the team's season-opening loss to Missouri, kept the game close.

The scoreless first quarter was largely the result of a fumble, a holding penalty, a sack and an overthrown pass. Those errors killed two promising Illinois drives.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIU
ILL
1st Downs421
Total Yards152400
Passing71123
Rushing81277
Penalties4-197-65
3rd Down Conversions3-176-17
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers12
Possession29:2230:33

Passing Leaders

Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barr11/21713.401
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams12/241235.101

Rushing Leaders

Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Donaldson27592.206
Barr5163.206
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mendenhall231396.0117
Dufrene9515.7132

Receiving Leaders

Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sims55310.6026
Warner199.009
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Benn45213.0028
Hudson22110.5017

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERWIUILL
TD09:14Daniel Dufrene 32 Yd Run (Jason Reda Kick) 07
THIRD QUARTERWIUILL
TD09:37Juice Williams 9 Yd Run (Jason Reda Kick) 014
FOURTH QUARTERWIUILL
TD11:04Rashard Mendenhall 16 Yd Run (Jason Reda Kick) 021