Scores

Final

Illinois 27

(3-1, 1-0 Big Ten)

Indiana 14

(3-1, 0-1 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, September 22, 2007

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

1 2 3 4 T
ILL 6 14 0 727
IND 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: K. Lewis (IND) - 263 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Mendenhall (ILL) - 27 CAR, 214 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Means (IND) - 7 REC, 83 YDS

Illini trample Hoosiers to end losing streak in Big Ten openers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Rashard Mendenhall ran for a career-high 214 yards and one touchdown, scored on a reception and the Illinois defense forced four turnovers and blocked a punt in a 27-14 victory over Indiana on Saturday.

It was Illinois' first win in a Big Ten opener since 1993.

Indiana (3-1, 0-1) had won two straight in the series, but the nation's No. 7 rushing offense was limited to just 134 yards -- about half its previous average. The Hoosiers were led by Kellen Lewis, who was 26-of-51 for 263 yards and two touchdowns.

Juice Williams was 13-of-28 for 98 yards and two touchdowns to help Illinois (3-1, 1-0) put away the Hoosiers.

Mendenhall was even better, carrying 27 times and easily surpassing his previous career-best of 162 yards rushing last October against Penn State.

Illinois controlled the game from the start. Jason Reda kicked two early field goals and when Williams threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Hoomanawanui early in the second quarter, it was 13-0.

Lewis answered late in the half with a 7-yard TD pass to James Hardy to get Indiana within 13-7.

One problem: Williams had 2:04 left on the clock, enough time to methodically lead Illinois on a 68-yard scoring drive. The final play was a swing pass to Mendenhall, who made a nifty cut in the flat to get free for a 15-yard score and a 20-7 halftime lead.

Illinois sealed the win with 12:45 to go when Mendenhall powered in from 6 yards out, following an Indiana fumble, for a 27-7 lead.

Lewis threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to James Bailey, who slithered through the middle of the Illinois defense on his way the end zone, cutting the deficit to 27-14. But Lewis was picked off in the end zone with about 1 minute left to go, ending comeback hopes.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILL
IND
1st Downs2326
Total Yards386397
Passing98263
Rushing288134
Penalties3-294-40
3rd Down Conversions5-165-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-3
Turnovers34
Possession31:4828:12

Passing Leaders

IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams13/28983.522
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis26/512635.221

Rushing Leaders

IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mendenhall272147.9139
Williams11322.9015
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Payton5408.0020
Lewis17352.1020

Receiving Leaders

IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Benn55010.0018
Mendenhall3186.0115
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Means78311.9021
Hardy6427.0112

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILLIND
FG10:20Jason Reda 45 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 39 yds, 3:02
30
FG04:28Jason Reda 38 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 44 yds, 3:14
60
SECOND QUARTERILLIND
TD10:25Michael Hoomanawanui 2 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Jason Reda Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 80 yds, 4:27
130
TD02:04James Hardy 7 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 79 yds, 3:06
137
TD00:44Rashard Mendenhall 15 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Jason Reda Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 68 yds, 1:20
207
FOURTH QUARTERILLIND
TD12:45Rashard Mendenhall 5 Yd Run (Jason Reda Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 27 yds, 1:25
277
TD07:58James Bailey 30 Yd Pass From Kellen Lewis (Austin Starr Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 42 yds, 1:32
2714