Scores

Final

Illinois State 17

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Illinois 45

(1-1, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Memorial Stadium, CHAMPAIGN, IL

1 2 3 4 T
ILST 0 0 10 717
ILL 14 10 7 1445

Top Performers

Passing: M. Brown (ILST) - 312 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Ford (ILL) - 10 CAR, 137 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Salem (ILST) - 7 REC, 103 YDS, 2 TD

McGee replaces injured QB Williams in Illini win

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Backup quarterback Eddie McGee replaced an injured Juice Williams and led Illinois to a comfortable 45-17 win over Illinois State Saturday night.

The Illini (1-1) came into their home opener looking to cure the ills left over by last week's 37-9 loss to Missouri. But they lost Williams, their leading rusher and the Big Ten's top passer a year ago, on the game's first series. He injured his right quadriceps on a 49-year run and fell to the turf a yard shy of the game's first TD.

After Jason Ford scored on the next play, Williams came out of the game and did not return.

Behind McGee, the Illini battered the Redbirds with a selective passing game and a heavy dose of running. Illinois had 384 rushing yards, 137 of them from Ford, a sophomore.

Illinois led 24-0 at halftime with McGee running for one touchdown and passing for another. He was 13 of 17 for 164 yards and an interception, and he ran for 55 yards and two touchdowns.

McGee kept the ball on the option for his first TD, a 1-yarder over right tackle that gave the Illini a 14-0 lead with 3:43 left in the first quarter.

McGee hit receiver Chris Duvalt for a 27-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

The Redbirds (0-2), who lost to Eastern Illinois 31-6 last week, got a strong performance from Matt Brown. The redshirt freshman, starting for the injured Drew Kiel, completed 27 of 45 passes for two touchdowns and one interception.

But Illinois State couldn't score until 8:42 remained in the third quarter, when Brown found Eyad Salem for a 3-yard TD, cutting Illinois' lead to 31-7. Salem caught seven passes for 103 yards and both Redbird touchdowns.

The Illini played without starting middle linebacker Martez Wilson. The junior was out with a neck injury.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILST
ILL
1st Downs2124
Total Yards398548
Passing354164
Rushing44384
Penalties7-6513-115
3rd Down Conversions7-163-9
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers32
Possession30:5929:01

Passing Leaders

Illinois StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown27/453126.921
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGee13/171649.611

Rushing Leaders

Illinois StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Blow9465.1013
Lancaster155.005
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ford1013713.7168
Dufrene56112.2124

Receiving Leaders

Illinois StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Salem710314.7227
Graves66510.8036
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hoomanawanui35117.0025
Fayson4399.8014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILSTILL
TD11:52Jason Ford 1 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 07
TD03:43Eddie McGee 1 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERILSTILL
TD12:01Chris Duvalt 27 Yd Pass From Eddie McGee (Matt Eller Kick) 021
FG07:44Matt Eller 38 Yd 024
THIRD QUARTERILSTILL
TD11:45Daniel Dufrene 24 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 031
TD08:42Eyad Salem 3 Yd Pass From Matt Brown (Zach Kutch Kick) 731
FG01:56Zach Kutch 45 Yd 1031
FOURTH QUARTERILSTILL
TD13:49Eddie McGee 11 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 1038
TD09:21Justin Green 22 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 1045
TD05:51Eyad Salem 15 Yd Pass From Matt Brown (Zach Kutch Kick) 1745