Cincinnati at Illinois

Illinois stuns Cincinnati, 45-17

By DAVID MERCER
Associated Press
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois to a surprise 45-17 win Saturday over Cincinnati.

The Illini (2-0) went up 21-0 in the second quarter and survived a Bearcat rally to stay undefeated.

For the Bearcats (1-1) the loss was made worse by quarterback Munchie Legaux's injury. He left in the fourth quarter on a cart with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. Details were not immediately available.

Scheelhaase threw to 11 different receivers. The biggest catch was Steve Hull's 22-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. It capped a 99-yard drive and put Illinois up 28-10.

That drive was set up by Legaux's fumble on a fourth-down play at the Illinois goal line. It was first ruled a touchdown but a review revealed Legaux fumbled after a hard hit by Earnest Thomas.

Legaux was 17-31 for 237 yards and a touchdown.

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Scoring Summary
ILLJosh Ferguson 48 yd pass from Nathan Scheelhaase (Taylor Zalewski kick)
ILLRyan Lankford 29 yd run (Taylor Zalewski kick)
ILLEvan Wilson 23 yd pass from Nathan Scheelhaase (Taylor Zalewski kick)
CINCYMax Morrison 1 yd pass from Munchie Legaux (Tony Miliano kick)
CINCYTony Miliano 37 yd FG
ILLSteve Hull 22 yd pass from Nathan Scheelhaase (Taylor Zalewski kick)
CINCYRalph Abernathy 13 yd run (Tony Miliano kick)
ILLTaylor Zalewski 19 yd FG
ILLMartize Barr 26 yd pass from Nathan Scheelhaase (Taylor Zalewski kick)
ILLDonovonn Young 8 yd run (Taylor Zalewski kick)
 
Team Stats
 CINCYILL
First Downs2427
Third Down Efficiency3-139-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-20-0
Plays-Net Yards74-45676-522
Rushes-Yds32-14839-210
Passing Yds308312
Kick Return Yds9110
Punt Return Yds2666
Passes23-42-126-37-0
Punts6-2205-194
Fumbles-Lost1-01-0
Penalties-Yds7-485-24
Time of Poss.23:3236:28
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
CINCY: Munchie Legaux 11-52, Ralph Abernathy 12-47, Hosey Williams 5-43, Brendon Kay 3-3, Max Morrison 1-3
ILL: Donovonn Young 14-64, Josh Ferguson 9-47, Ryan Lankford 3-46, Nathan Scheelhaase 8-24, Martize Barr 1-24, Aaron Bailey 3-4, Devin Church 1-1
PASSING
CINCY: Munchie Legaux 17-31-237-1, Brendon Kay 6-11-71-0
ILL: Nathan Scheelhaase 26-37-312-0
RECEIVING
CINCY: Anthony McClung 6-94, Shaq Washington 5-83, Max Morrison 4-45, Chris Moore 3-45, Mekale McKay 2-17, Jeremy Graves 1-10, Ralph Abernathy 1-8, Blake Annen 1-6
ILL: Martize Barr 5-72, Jon Davis 4-25, Steve Hull 3-53, Miles Osei 3-30, Spencer Harris 3-16, Josh Ferguson 2-55, Evan Wilson 2-43, Justin Hardee 1-13, Ryan Lankford 1-10, Devin Church 1--1, Matt LaCosse 1--4
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Cincinnati1st American Athletic 7-19-4
Illinois5th Big Ten West3-56-7