The Illinois Fighting Illini ended their 2013 season tonight with a heartbreaking loss to in-state rival Northwestern, 37-34.
Illinois entered the final quarter of play with a 27-24 lead, but the Wildcats scored on their first play of the quarter as Trevor Siemian threw a touchdown to Rashad Lawrence to put the Cats up 30-27.
The Illini looked like they were going to have a drive of their own, but then senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase made the biggest mistake for the Illini in the game as he threw the football right to Northwestern’s Tyler Scott who intercepted the ball.
The Wildcats capitalized on that turnover by Scheelhaase and scored on a touchdown pass from Siemian to Christian Jones to push the Northwestern lead to 10 points.
Illinois was able to score one more touchdown late in the quarter on a touchdown pass from Scheelhaase to senior wide receiver Miles Osei (Osei’s first career touchdown as an Illini).
Scheelhaase finished the game with 307 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception in his final game in the Orange & Blue. He even passed Juice Williams and own the school record for total offense.
Another senior that had a big day for the Illini in the loss was wide receiver Steve Hull. Hull recorded 155 yards and one touchdown on 13 receptions and had one hell of a catch in the game.
Lastly, Writing Illini would like to personal thank the senior class for everything that they have put into this season and their entire careers at Illinois. These seniors include: Nathan Scheelhaase, Steve Hull, Jonathan Brown, Miles Osei, Jake Feldmeyer, Nick Forzley, Brad Janitz, Tim Kynard, Ryan Lankford, Corey Lewis, Ben Mathis, Daniel Quintana, Tim Russell, and Evan Wilson.
Make sure to follow me on Twitter @RickyWidmer.