NCAA Game Summary - Illinois at Syracuse|
(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: Illinois 41, Syracuse 20
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 150 yards and
three scores to lead the Illinois Fighting Illini to a 41-20 victory over the
Syracuse Orange in a non-conference bout from the Carrier Dome.
Troy Pollard added 92 yards on the ground on just 13 carries for Illinois
(2-1), and Juice Williams completed 13-of-18 passes for 97 yards and a
touchdown. Williams also amassed 90 yards on the ground and a touchdown for
Andrew Robinson was 17-of-26 for 208 yards for the Orange (0-3), and Curtis
Brinkley caught four passes for 89 yards in the loss.
Illinois completed its opening drive with a touchdown, as Williams completed a
22-yard pass to Jeff Cumberland and the Illini took an early 7-0 lead.
Illinois extended its lead late in the first, on a two-yard run by Mendenhall.
With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Jason Reda hit a 32-yard
field goal that gave the Illini a 17-0 advantage.
Syracuse finally got on the board early in the third frame, as Patrick Shadle
connected on a 44-yard field goal.
Illinois responded with a field goal of its own midway through the quarter, a
50-yard kick from Reda that extended the Illini lead, 20-3.
Minutes later, Jeremy Sellers gave Syracuse its first touchdown of the
afternoon on a two-yard run, making it a 20-10 game.
The Illini pulled away 27-10 late in the third frame thanks to a 10-yard
touchdown run by Williams.
With less than two minutes remaining in the quarter, Illinois scored again, as
Mendenhall broke free for a 50-yard score that improved the Illini advantage
Mendenhall found the end zone for the third time of the afternoon early in the
fourth frame on a one-yard run that gave Illinois a 41-10 lead.
Patrick Shadle made it 41-13 on a 42-yard field goal late in the fourth.
In the closing minute of the contest, Syracuse found the end zone for a second
time, as Cameron Dantley completed an eight-yard pass to Jawad Nesheiwat for
the final score, 41-20.
09/15 17:10:32 ET