Scores

Final

Michigan State 24

(3-3, 2-1 Big Ten)

Illinois 14

(1-4, 0-3 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL), Champaign, IL

1 2 3 4 T
MSU 14 3 7 024
ILL 0 0 7 714

Top Performers

Passing: J. Williams (ILL) - 109 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Caper (MSU) - 16 CAR, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Leshoure (ILL) - 1 REC, 41 YDS, 1 TD

Michigan State tops Illinois in Nichol's first start

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Keith Nichol threw for 179 yards in his first start to lead Michigan State to a 24-14 win over Illinois on Saturday.

Larry Caper rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State (3-3, 2-1). Glenn Winston ran for 69 yards and a score in the first half before leaving with a knee injury.

Nichol, a sophomore, started in place of Kirk Cousins, who entered the game later. Nichol was 13-for-25 with an interception.

Illinois (1-4, 0-3) started its homecoming with Eddie McGee at quarterback in place of the benched Juice Williams. But McGee was pulled in the third quarter after completing two of his 11 passes.

Williams was 7-for-17 for 109 yards and a touchdown in relief.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSU
ILL
1st Downs1813
Total Yards372272
Passing179140
Rushing193132
Penalties5-506-58
3rd Down Conversions5-153-14
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers21
Possession36:0723:53

Passing Leaders

Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichol13/251797.201
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams7/171096.410

Rushing Leaders

Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Caper16955.9117
Winston14644.6123
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ford44010.0027
Williams12332.8012

Receiving Leaders

Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
White45012.5024
Caper24422.0030
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Duvalt34715.7021
LeShoure14141.0141

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSUILL
TD11:37Glenn Winston 2 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick) 70
TD03:44Larry Caper 17 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERMSUILL
FG00:00Brett Swenson 35 Yd 170
THIRD QUARTERMSUILL
TD13:32Danny Fortener 45 Yd Interception Return (Brett Swenson Kick) 240
TD03:33Mikel LeShoure 3 Yd Run (Matt Eller Kick) 247
FOURTH QUARTERMSUILL
TD01:24Mikel LeShoure 41 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Matt Eller Kick) 2414