Scores

Final

Indiana 13

(2-5, 0-4 Big Ten)

Illinois 55

(4-3, 2-2 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

8:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL), Champaign, IL

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 0 3 313
ILL 14 14 13 1455

Top Performers

Passing: J. Williams (ILL) - 271 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Ford (ILL) - 19 CAR, 172 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: A. Benn (PSU) - 7 REC, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Ford, Williams power Illinois past hobbling Indiana

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Jason Ford rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns to lead Illinois to a 55-13 win over Indiana.

Ford, a true freshman starting in place of usual starter Daniel Dufrene, scored on touchdown runs of 41 and 5 yards as the Illini (4-3, 2-2) handed Indiana (2-5, 0-4) its fifth straight loss.

The Hoosiers played without quarterback Kellen Lewis, nursing a high-ankle sprain. Stand-in Ben Chappell threw for just 168 yards and was sacked three times.

The Illini bounced back from a 27-20 loss to Minnesota by scoring on their first possession. Juice Williams' 1-yard pass to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was set up by a 60-yarder to Will Judson.

By halftime the Illini had opened up a 28-7 lead that the Hoosiers, minus Lewis, were ill-equipped to overcome.

Williams finished 16-of-22 for 271 yards and three touchdowns. By recent standards he had a quiet night. He piled up a combined 934 yards the previous two weeks, in the Minnesota loss and a win at Michigan.

But Williams had his pick of targets against an out-manned Hoosier pass defense.

Judson flew past cornerback Chris Adkins for the 60-yard pass that set up the opening touchdown, and, similarly receiver Jeff Cumberland blew by linebacker Justin Carrington for a 20-yard TD late in the first quarter.

Indiana, which came into the game after a 45-9 home loss to Iowa, has given up 100 points and 971 yards in its past two games.

Bryan Payton led the Hoosiers with 66 yards rushing and a touchdown. He scored on a 25-yard run with just over a minute left in the first quarter that made the score 14-7.

The win kept the Illini in the hunt for a bowl, but the Hoosiers' hopes of making it to back-to-back bowls for the first time since 1990-91 are all but gone.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
ILL
1st Downs1827
Total Yards313563
Passing172271
Rushing141292
Penalties3-259-75
3rd Down Conversions3-166-10
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers21
Possession31:5528:05

Passing Leaders

IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Chappell12/291725.900
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams16/2227112.330

Rushing Leaders

IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thigpen17694.1027
Payton13685.2125
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ford191729.1341
McGee35518.3035

Receiving Leaders

IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Means46716.8027
Fisher44310.8031
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Benn713018.6137
Judson16060.0060

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDILL
TD12:15Michael Hoomanawanui 1 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Matt Eller Kick) 07
TD03:15Jeff Cumberland 20 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Matt Eller Kick) 014
TD01:16Bryan Payton 25 Yd Run (Austin Starr Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERINDILL
TD10:42Jason Ford 5 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 721
TD07:28Arrelious Benn 37 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Matt Eller Kick) 728
THIRD QUARTERINDILL
TD12:47Jason Ford 41 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 734
FG08:58Austin Starr 23 Yd 1034
TD04:34Juice Williams 8 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 1041
FOURTH QUARTERINDILL
TD14:57Jason Ford 1 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 1048
FG06:06Austin Starr 31 Yd 1348
TD05:52A.J. Jenkins 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Matt Eller Kick) 1355