Scores

Final

S Illinois 3

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Illinois 35

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

7:30 PM ET, September 11, 2010

Memorial Stadium, CHAMPAIGN, IL

1 2 3 4 T
SIU 0 3 0 03
ILL 14 7 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: N. Scheelhaase (ILL) - 229 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Leshoure (ILL) - 14 CAR, 106 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Jenkins (ILL) - 5 REC, 114 YDS, 1 TD

Illinois stomps S. Illinois thanks to consistent, balanced attack

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Mikel LeShoure ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and A.J. Jenkins had 114 receiving yards and a score Saturday night to lead Illinois past Southern Illinois 35-3.

The Illini (1-1) held the Salukis to a first-half field goal a week after Southern Illinois (1-1), of the FCS, defeated Quincy 70-7.

Illinois broke on top early on a 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to Jenkins, who caught the ball deep over the middle, just behind the last Saluki defender, and ran to the end zone untouched for a 7-0 lead.

LeShoure's touchdowns followed -- a 1-yard run late in the first quarter and an 8-yard run with 2:48 left in the half -- and led to a 21-3 halftime lead for Illinois.

LeShoure's first touchdown was set up by a stiff Illini defensive stand that forced the Salukis' Austin Pucylowski to punt out of his end zone, giving Illini the ball at the SIU 36.

From there, Scheelhaase found Evan Wilson for a 34-yard completion. After a Saluki penalty moved the ball to the 1-yard line, LeShoure punched it for a 14-0 lead.

On his next touchdown LeShoure showed part of the reason, in spite of Illinois coach Ron Zook's preseason talk about his preference to use a running back platoon, he's been the featured back so far.

The 6-foot, 230-pound junior stopped, tiptoed over the outstretched hand of a defender who would have had stopped him for a loss, cut hard left and finally pushed the ball just over the cone with two hands for the score.

After throwing three interceptions in Illinois' season-opening loss to Missouri, Scheelhaase, a redshirt freshman, finished with 229 yards on 14 of 18 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Southern Illinois had its chances, starting drives at the Illinois 40, 20 and 17 after a pair of interceptions thrown by Illini backup quarterback Eddie McGee -- who occasionally spells Scheelhaase -- and a fumbled punt return by Jack Ramsey.

The Salukis turned those three breaks into just three points, on a 30-yard field goal by Kyle Dougherty with 4:48 left in the first half that cut Illinois' lead to 14-3.

The Salukis' Chris Dieker finished 19 of 35 passing for 168 yards. The Illini defense smothered SIU's other primary offensive threat, running back Lucien Walker, holding him to 30 yards on 11 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SIU
ILL
1st Downs1419
Total Yards230407
Passing184239
Rushing46168
Penalties5-384-55
3rd Down Conversions3-168-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers23
Possession31:0828:52

Passing Leaders

Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dieker19/351684.800
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scheelhaase14/1822912.720

Rushing Leaders

Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker11302.7010
Harris5112.206
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Leshoure141067.6235
Ford12342.817

Receiving Leaders

Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allaria99410.4024
Harruff4379.3012
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jenkins511422.8154
Wilson13434.0034

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSIUILL
TD09:38A.J. Jenkins 54 Yd Pass From Nathan Scheelhaase (Derek Dimke Kick) 07
TD02:50Mikel Leshoure 1 Yd Run (Derek Dimke Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERSIUILL
FG04:58Kyle Dougherty 30 Yd 314
TD02:48Mikel Leshoure 8 Yd Run (Derek Dimke Kick) 321
THIRD QUARTERSIUILL
TD07:08Justin Lattimore 33 Yd Pass From Nathan Scheelhaase (Derek Dimke Kick) 328
FOURTH QUARTERSIUILL
TD08:26Jason Ford 1 Yd Run (Derek Dimke Kick) 335