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(Saturday, October 30th)
Final Score: Illinois 44, Purdue 10
Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Nathan Scheelhaase completed 16-of-20 pass attempts for 195 yards and four touchdowns and carried the ball 21 times for 118 yards to lead the Illinois Fighting Illini to a 44-10 win over the Purdue Boilermakers in Big Ten Conference play.
Mikel Leshoure also pitched in on the ground and through the air for Illinois (5-3,3-2 Big 10), as he ran for two scores and had a receiving touchdown as well.
Purdue (4-4, 2-2) quarterback Sean Robinson struggled, completing just 7-of-20 pass attempts for 52 yards and a touchdown. Robinson also carried the ball 10 times for 24 yards.
Scheelhasse got off to a fast start, hooking up with A.J Jenkins for a 17-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter to five the Illini a 7-0 lead.
Leshoure made it a 14-0 game in the closing minute of the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown plunge.
Neither team could muster much offense in the second quarter, until Derek Dimke booted an 18-yard field goal as time expired, to give Illinois a 17-0 lead at the half.
Illinois extended its lead, midway through the third quarter with a 20- touchdown strike from Scheelhaase to Leshoure.
Leshoure made it 31-0 game just minutes later with a one-yard touchdown run.
The Illini got right back on the board with Scheelhaase's third touchdown pass of the day, this one a 10-yard hook up with Darius Millines. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, giving Illinois a 37-0 lead.
Purdue finally broke the shutout early in the fourth quarter with a 35-yard field goal by Carson Wiggs.
The Boilermakers made it a 37-10 game, in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Gary Bush.
Scheelhaase added his fourth touchdown of the day late in the fourth quarter when he connected with Chris James from 15 yards out to give his team a 44-10 victory.
The Illini defense controlled the line of scrimmage, limiting the Boilermakers to just 205 total yards on the day.
10/30 16:43:55 ET