After a very pedestrian first quarter, the Illinois Fighting Illini absolutely went bonkers offensively in the second quarter against Miami (OH). The Illini scored 29 unanswered points and lead the RedHawks 36-0 as the teams go into the halftime locker room.
The player of the game (so far) has to be Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Scheelhaase threw four touchdowns in the second quarter and now has five total in the game (Illinois team record). On top of the scores, he also has 256 passing yards to his name.
When it comes to Scheelhasse’s targets in this game, his favorite one seems to be running back Josh Ferguson. Ferguson has caught five passes out of the backfield (most on the team). As a dual threat, Ferguson has racked up 148 total yards (77 receiving/71 rushing).
However, Ferguson is not the only running back doing good things for the Illini. Donovonn Young also is running strong against Miami (OH).
Young has ran for 50 yards on eight carries. He scored a touchdown in the quarter, but it was called back after a holding penalty on the Fighting Illini.
The only dark spot on the Illini offense came on their last drive of the half. Illini got into the redzone and looked to be settling for a field goal, but they earned no points after kicker Taylor Zalewski missed a 27 yard field goal.
Illinois seems to have control of this game as the defense is completely suffocating this RedHawks offense. The biggest thing to watch for is whether or not Nathan Scheelhaase can break the FBS passing touchdowns single game record at 11 (set in 1990).
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