NCAA Game Summary - Missouri vs. Illinois|
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: Missouri 40, Illinois 34
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Chase Daniel threw for 359 yards and three
touchdowns in leading the Missouri Tigers to an exciting 40-34 victory over
the Illinois Fighting Illini in non-conference action from the Edward Jones
Daniel connected on 37-of-54 passing for the Tigers (1-0) to make up for the
fact that the rushing attack accounted for a mere 70 yards on 33 attempts on
The Illini (0-1) was paced by running back Rashard Mendenhall who posted a
pair of scoring runs on 11 carries in the setback. Backup quarterback Eddie
McGee, who came in for Isiah Williams who exited in the second period with an
apparent head injury, completed 17-of-31 for 257 yards and a score, but was
sacked twice and intercepted two times.
Illinois scored the first points of the game in the first quarter when Vontae
Davis returned a blocked punt two yards for a touchdown at the 8:38 mark.
However, the PAT was blocked, leaving the Illini with a 6-0 advantage.
The Tigers then ran off 23 unanswered points to close out the first half,
beginning with a one-yard TD toss from Daniel to CHase Coffman. Late in the
second period Cornelius Brown made the first of his big plays on the day when
he returned a fumble 100 yards for a touchdown. Add to that a two-yard TD pass
from Daniel to William Franklin and a 27-yard field goal by Jeff Wolfert at
the end of the frame and Missouri had a 23-6 edge at the break.
In the third Mendenhall scored the first of his rushing scores on a 25-yard
scamper for Illinois, but the Tigers responded with two touchdowns by Jeremy
The first of Maclin's scores was a 25-yard TD catch from Daniel and then less
than four minutes later his 66-yard punt return for a score pushed the
Missouri advantage to 37-13.
Illinois made things interesting by scoring three straight touchdowns, the
first coming on a 16-yard run by McGee. The signal-caller then hit Kyle Hudson
with a 41-yard TD pass at the 2:47 mark of the third, making the score 34-27.
Barely a minute into the fourth Mendenhall closed the gap to three points on a
four-yard touchdown run, but a 32-yard field goal by Wolfert with 8:32 to play
ended up sealing the six-point decision.
The Illini had one last gasp late in the contest, but with 51 seconds to play
the team was stopped when Brown intercepted a McGee pass at the one-yard line.
Illinois rolled up 435 yards of offense on the afternoon, but the team
converted just 5-of-14 on third down and turned the ball over five times.
09/01 20:42:07 ET