Sep 7, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini offensive linesman Corey Lewis (70) and Illinois Fighting Illini tight end Evan Wilson (89) and Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Spencer Harris (80) celebrate with Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Ryan Lankford (12) after Lankford

Illinois Football: Nathan Scheelhaase and Illini Shock the World With Win Over Cincinnati


Okay. Maybe we are being a bit dramatic with the “shock the world,” but Illinois surprised many with their 45-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The Fighting Illini did it from the word “Go” for the second week in a row. They jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Munchie Legaux was able to lead the Bearcats to a touchdown drive to end the fist half.

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The second half started out close, but there were three plays that defined the half and the outcome.

First, Munchie Legaux ran the ball on a 4th-and-goal which looked like a touchdown to many. However, the officials reviewed the play and overturned the call. Instead of a 21-17 game, Illinois got the ball on their 1 yard line. The Illini would march down the field to score a touchdown on that drive.

Second, on that touchdown drive, Cincinnati looked to have taken the ball away from the Illini on a run play. Just like the Legaux run, officials reviewed the play and said there was no fumble.

Lastly, the one play that many will be remembering from this game is the one that sent Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux to a local hospital for X-Rays.

On a drop back pass, Legaux was hit legally and the helmet of an Illini defender looked to have hit Legaux’s knee. The stadium went to a dead silence, and the injury looked to have affected the Bearcats the rest of the game.

For Illinois, Nathan Scheelhaase looked good for the second straight week. He threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, but the most important stat is zero interceptions.

Both teams avoided turnovers with Cincinnati throwing the only interception, but this is exactly what Illini fans want to see from their offense. Bill Cubit’s offense was suppose to limit turnovers and it has.

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