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ThE 2010 TExas Bowl TaBlE oF ConTEnTs.pdf

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                                                     TaBlE oF ConTEnTs
      ThE 2010 TExas Bowl
                                                     GaME noTEs                         2010 in rEViEw
    illinois (6-6, 4-4 / T-4th Big Ten)              2        Quick Facts               54        Team Statistics
                                                     3        Media Services            54        All-Big Ten Teams
                       vs.
                                                     3        Bowl Itinerary            55-57     Individual Statistics
     Baylor (7-5, 4-4 / 4th Big 12 South)            4-5      2010 Illini Roster        57        Defensive Statistics
                                                     6        Depth Chart               58        Game-By-Game Statistics
Dec. 29, 2010 // Reliant Stadium (71,500)            7        Probable Starters Notes   58        Game-By-Game Starters
  5 p.m. CT // Houston, Texas // ESPN                8-17     Game Notes                59        The Last Time
                                                     18       Scoring Drives            60-71     Game Summaries
TElEVision BroadCasT                                 18       Big Plays                 72        Superlative Statistics
The 2010 Texas Bowl game will be nationally                                             73        Big Ten Team Statistics
televised on EsPn with an air time of 5 p.m. CT      ThE CoaChinG sTaFF                 74        Big Ten Individual Statistics
and a kick-off time of 5:04 p.m. CT. The game will   20-23    Head Coach Ron Zook
also be streamed live at EsPn3.com.                  24       Joe Gilbert               ThE rECord BooK
     Play-by-Play: Dave Pasch                        25       Vic Koenning              76-77     Individual Records
     analysts: Bob Griese, Chris Spielman            26       Paul Petrino              78-79     Team Records
     sideline: Holly Rowe                            27       Jeff Brohm                80-82     Rushing Records
     Producer: Bart Fox                              28       Dan Disch                 82-83     Total Offense Records
                                                     29       Keith Gilmore             83-84     All-Purpose Records
radio BroadCasT                                      30       Chip Long                 83-85     Passing Records
The illini sports network will carry the radio       31       DeAndre Smith             85-87     Receiving Records
broadcast with its pregame show beginning at         32       Ron West                  87-89     Scoring Records
4:30 p.m. CT. The broadcast can be heard on the      33       Jon Carvin                89-90     Punting Records
41 stations on the Illini Sports Network.            33       Bam Hardmon               90-91     Punt Return Records
     Play-by-Play: Brian Barnhart                    34       Lou Hernandez             91-92     Kick Return Records
     analyst: Kurt Kittner                           34       Adrian Melendez           92-93     Interception Records
     Pregame/halftime/Postgame: Steve Kelly          35-36    Football Support Staff    93-94     Defense Records
                                                                                        95        Attendance Records
The broadcast can also be heard on EsPn national     ThE FiGhTinG illini                96-97     Longest Plays of the Year
radio and on sirius & xM Satellite Radio.            38-52    Player Profiles           96-97     Opponent Long Plays
     Play-by-Play: Todd Harris                                                          98-99     Annual Team Statistics
     analyst: David Diaz-Infante                                                        100-103   Postseason Bowl Recaps
     sideline: Jon Berger                                                               104       Postseason Bowl Records


                                                                                                         2010 TExas Bowl GuidE // 1
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quiCK FaCTs
TExas Bowl inForMaTion                             illinois sCorEBoard                                                                        quiCK FaCTs
LOCATION: Houston, Texas                           Sept. 4 . . vs. Missouri (@St. Louis) . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . 13-23
DATE: Dec. 29, 2010                                Sept. 11 . Southern Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . 35-3        uniVErsiTy inForMaTion
                                                   Sept. 18 . Northern Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . 28-22
STADIUM: Reliant Stadium                                                                                                                      location: Urbana-Champaign
                                                   Oct. 2 . . . #2/2 Ohio State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . 13-24
                                                                                                                                              Founded: 1867
CAPACITY: 71,500                                   Oct. 9 . . . @ Penn State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . 33-13
                                                                                                                                              Enrollment: 41,298
                                                   Oct. 16 . . @ #13/11 Michigan State . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . 6-26
KICK-OFF: 5:04 p.m. (CST)                                                                                                                     Colors: Orange & Blue
                                                   Oct. 23 . . Indiana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . 43-13
                                                                                                                                              nickname: Fighting Illini
TELEVISION: ESPN                                   Oct. 30 . . Purdue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . 44-10
                                                                                                                                              Conference: Big Ten
RADIO: Illini Sports Network and ESPN Radio        Nov. 6 . . . @ Michigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . 65-67 (3OT)
                                                                                                                                              President: Michael J. Hogan
                                                   Nov. 13 . . Minnesota. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . 34-38
FIRST GAME: 2006                                                                                                                              Chancellor: Robert A. Easter
                                                   Nov. 20 . . @ RV/#25 Northwestern (@Wrigley) . W . . . . . . . 48-27
                                                                                                                                              director of athletics: Ron Guenther
CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS: Big Ten, Big 12           Dec. 3 . . . @ Fresno State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . 23-25
                                                                                                                                              stadium: Memorial Stadium (62,870)
TExAS BOWL MEDIA DIRECTOR:                         Dec. 29 . . vs. Baylor (Texas Bowl) . . . . . . . . . . . 5 pm CT (ESPN)
                                                                                                                                                       Surface: Field Turf
     Zac Emmons                                    * all times Central … rankings are AP/Coaches Poll
     Cell: (832) 667-2220
                                                                                                                                              CoaChinG sTaFF
     Email: zemmons@houstontexans.com
                                                   Baylor sCorEBoard                                                                          head Coach: Ron Zook
                                                   Sept. 4 . . . . . Sam Houston State . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . . .34-3               Alma Mater: Miami (OH), 1976
                                                   Sept. 11 . . . . Buffalo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . . .34-6       Record at Illinois: 27-45 (Six Seasons)
                                                   Sept. 18 . . . . @ #4/5 TCU . . . . . . . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . .10-45            Overall Record: 50-59 (Nine Seasons)
                                                   Sept. 25 . . . . @ Rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .30-13      assistant Coaches:
                                                   Oct. 2 . . . . . . Kansas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . . .55-7      Joe Gilbert: Asst. Head Coach / Offensive Line
                                                   Oct. 9 . . . . . . Texas Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . .38-45
                                                                                                                                                 Vic Koenning: Defensive Coordinator / Secondary
                                                   Oct. 16 . . . . . @ Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .31-25
                                                                                                                                                 Paul Petrino: Offensive Coordinator / Receivers
                                                   Oct. 23 . . . . . RV/RV Kansas State. . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .47-42
                                                   Oct. 30 . . . . . @ RV/RV Texas . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .30-22              Jeff Brohm: Quarterbacks
                                                   Nov. 6 . . . . . . @ #19/18 Oklahoma State . L . . . . . . . . . . .28-55                     dan disch: Inside Linebackers
                                                   Nov. 13 . . . . . #23/25 Texas A&M. . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . .30-42                Keith Gilmore: Defensive Line
                                                   Nov. 20 . . . . . #16/14 Oklahoma . . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . .24-53                Chip long: Tight Ends / Fullbacks
                                                   Dec. 29 . . . . . vs. Illinois (Texas Bowl) . . . . . . . . . 5 pm CT (ESPN)                  deandre smith: Running Backs
                                                   * all times Central … rankings are AP/Coaches Poll                                            ron west: Outside Linebackers
       FIGHTINGillini.COM                                                                                                                        Jon Carvin: Offensive Graduate Assistant
                                                                                                                                                 Bam hardmon: Defensive Graduate Assistant


                                                                                                                                              suPPorT sTaFF
                                                                                                                                              strength Coach: Lou Hernandez
                                                                                                                                              Football operations: Adrian Melendez
                                                                                                                                              sports Medicine: Nick Richey
                                                                                                                                              Equipment Manager: Trent Chesnut
                                                                                                                                              Video Coordinator: Greg Bruner

                                                  Fighting Illini fans and media can get all the latest
                                                  news on the football team on facebook and twitter.                                          FooTBall inForMaTion
                                                                                                                                              2010 record: 6-6, 4-4 (T-4th Big Ten)
                                                  http://www.facebook.com/illiniFootball                                                      offensive Formation: Pro Style
                                                  http://www.twitter.com/illiniFootball                                                       defensive Formation: Multiple
      COACHronZooK.COM                                                                                                                        Bowl appearances (last): 16 (2008 Rose Bowl)
                                                                                                                                              all-Time Bowl record: 6-9 (.400)

                                                                                                                                              sPorTs inForMaTion
 CrEdiTs                                                                                         CoVErs                                       sports information director (FB sid): Kent Brown
 Executive Editor: Kent Brown                                                                    FronT: Illinois’ All-American                      Office: 217-244-6533
 Cover design: Victor Cortez                                                                     Mikel Leshoure and First-                          Cell: 217-493-9795
 Editors: Derek Neal & Ben Taylor                                                                Team All-Big Ten selection                         Email: kwbrown3@illinois.edu
 interior design: Derek Neal & Ben Taylor                                                        Martez Wilson.
 Contributing Editorial: Amy Hyerczyk                                                                                                         assistant Football sid Contact: derek neal
                                                                                 BaCK: Illinois All-Big Ten                                         Office: 217-244-3707
 Photography: Mark Jones, Mark Cowan, Cary Frye                                  honorees and award winners                                         Cell: 309-241-0804
 Printing: Martin Graphics, Champaign, Ill.                                      Derek Dimke, Corey Liuget,                                         Email: drneal@illinois.edu
                                                                                 Anthony Santella, Jeff Allen,
                                                                                 Nathan Scheelhaase, Nate                                     assistant Football sid Contact: Ben Taylor
                                                    Bussey, Trulon Henry, Grahan Pocic and Tavon Wilson.                                            Office: 217-244-5045
                                                    insidE FronT: Illinois numerical roster and pronunciation                                       Cell: 217-714-3555
                                                    guide.                                                                                          Email: bktaylor@illinois.edu

                                                    insidE BaCK: Highlights from Illinois’ season.                                                      www.fightingillini.com

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                                                                                                                                        FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs

Bowl iTinErary / MEdia sErViCEs
MEdia PoliCiEs                                                            TExas Bowl EVEnT / MEdia sChEdulE

PraCTiCE PoliCiEs: Illinois will practice at Rice University (2176        saturday, dec. 25
University Blvd, Houston, Tx). The individual period of practices on      1:30 p.m.       Illinois departs from Champaign
Dec. 26 and 27 will be open to the media. Photographers can shoot         Appx. 4:30 p.m. Illinois arrives at Hyatt Regency in Houston (1200 Louisiana St.)
during that time. Once the individual period has ended, all media                             Players and coaches available to media
will be escorted out of the facility until the conclusion of practice,
when interviews will be conducted. Interviews can be conducted            sunday, dec. 26
with the entire team and coaching staff on Dec. 26. Coach Zook and        11:30-1:15 pm Illinois Practice at Rice Stadium (2176 University Blvd.)
assistant coaches will be available after practice on Dec. 27.                              Players and coaches available to media
                                                                          4-6 p.m.      Texas Bowl Team Bowling Tournament (Lucky Strike Lanes, 1201 San Jacinto St.)
hEad CoaCh ron ZooK: Illinois head coach Ron Zook will be                                   Players available to media
available to the media upon arrival at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
Houston on Dec. 25, after practices on Dec. 26-27 and at the Texas        Monday, dec. 27
Bowl Press Conference on Dec. 28.                                         10-1 p.m.     Family Event – Houston Zoo
                                                                          11:30-1:15 pm Illinois Practice at Rice Stadium
illinois PlayErs and assisTanT CoaChEs: Illinois players and                                Coaches available to media
coaches will be available upon arrival at the Hyatt Regency Hotel         11:30 am      High School Coaches Hospitality at practice field
in Houston on Dec. 25. Players and coaches will be available after        11-2:30 p.m. Spouses Luncheon & Shopping at Galleria (Nordstrom, 5085 Westheimer Road)
practice on Dec. 26. Only the coaching staff will be available for        5-8 p.m.      Rodeo Bowl, George Ranch Historical Park (10215 FM 763 Rd #1, Richmond, Tx)
media after practice on Dec. 27. Selected players and Coach Zook                            Players available to media
will be available to the media at the Texas Bowl Press Conference
on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Westin Galleria. Illinois players   Tuesday, dec. 28
will also be available at the team events (Dec. 26 - Team Bowling;        11:30-1 p.m. Texas Bowl Team Luncheon (Westin Galleria Hotel, 5060 West Alabama)
Dec. 27 - Rodeo Bowl; Dec. 28 - DePelchin Children’s Center).             2 p.m.         Texas Bowl Press Conference at Westin Galleria
                                                                                             Coach Zook and 3 players available
CrEdEnTial rEquEsTs: Credential requests should be made online            3:30 p.m.      Illinois walk-through at Reliant Stadium (Closed to the media)
at http://www.sportssystems.com/clients/texasbowl/ by 7 pm CT             4:45-5:30      DePelchin Children’s Center Visit (4950 Memorial Drive)
on Dec. 21.                                                                                  10 players, 2 coaches and cheerleading squad available

MEdia hEadquarTErs                                                        wednesday, dec. 29
Hotel ZaZa                                                                2-5 p.m.     TexFest Pregame Festival at Reliant Stadium Blue Lot
5701 Main Street                                                          5 p.m.       Texas Bowl Game - Illinois vs. Baylor (ESPN)
Houston, Texas 77005
Tel: 713-526-1991                                                         Thursday, dec. 30
                                                                          11 a.m.        Illinois team departs Houston
illinois TEaM hoTEl                                                       Appx. 1 p.m. Illinois arrives in Champaign
Hyatt Regency
1200 Louisiana Street                                                     * Practice and event times subject to change. All times CST
Houston, Texas 77002
Tel: 713-654-1234



FooTBall MEdia rElaTions sTaFF




                            Kent Brown                                            derek neal                                        Ben Taylor
                  Assistant A.D./Communications                                  Assistant SID                                     Assistant SID
                      217-244-6533 (office)                                  217-244-3707 (office)                            217-244-5045 (office)
                        217-493-9795 (cell)                                   309-241-0804 (cell)                              217-714-3555 (cell)
                      kwbrown3@illinois.edu                                   drneal@illinois.edu                              bktaylor@illinois.edu

                                                                                                                                                   2010 TExas Bowl GuidE // 3
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2010 illinois FooTBall rosTEr (updated 12/15/10)
no      naME                  Pos     hT    wT     yr     EliG.   hoMETown/PrEVious sChool                            no   naME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pos
56      Shawn Afryl            OL     6-3   310    Fr.     5-4    Skokie, Ill./NIles West                             1    Terry Hawthorne. . . . . . . . . . DB
71      Jeff Allen             OL     6-5   305    Jr.     3-2    Chicago, Ill./King                                  2    Nathan Scheelhaase . . . . . . QB
14      Sean Anderson         QB      6-4   200    Jr.     2-2    Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew                            2    Martez Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . LB
98      Daryle Ballew          DL     6-1   310    Jr.     2-2    Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow                            3    Tavon Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
30      Houston Bates          LB     6-3   245    Fr.     5-4    Covington, La./St. Paul’s                           4    Patrick Nixon-Youman . . . . . DB
41      Zach Becker          FB/TE    6-3   250    Jr.     3-2    Homer, Ill./St. Joseph-Ogden                        5    Mikel Leshoure. . . . . . . . . . . RB
31      Travon Bellamy        DB      6-0   205    Sr.     1-1    Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt                    5    Steve Hull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
45      Jonathan Brown         LB     6-1   235    Fr.     5-4    Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers                   6    Chris James . . . . . . . . . . . . . WR
99      Michael Buchanan       DL     6-6   225    So.     4-3    Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor                   6    Joelil Thrash. . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
18      Nate Bussey            LB     6-2   220    Sr.     2-1    Washington, D.C./Dunbar                             7    Supo Sanni . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
58      Andrew Carter          OL     6-4   290   r-Fr.    4-4    Tallahassee, Fla./Leon                              7    Chandler Whitmer . . . . . . . . QB
73      Jack Cornell           OL     6-5   315    Jr.     2-2    Quincy, Ill./Quincy Notre Dame                      8    Brandon Denmark . . . . . . . . LB
68      Simon Cvijanovic       OL     6-5   280    Fr.     5-4    Cleveland, Ohio/Benedictine                         8    A.J. Jenkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . WR
32      Ean Days              DB     5-11   200    Fr.     5-4    Kingsland, Ga./Camden County                        9    Trulon Henry. . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
8       Brandon Denmark        LB     6-3   220    Fr.     5-4    Tallahassee, Fla./James Rickards                    10   Eddie McGee . . . . . . . . . . . . WR
13      Derek Dimke            PK     6-0   180    Jr.     3-2    Rockford, Ill./Rockford Boylan                      11   Jarred Fayson. . . . . . . . . . . . WR
12      Patrick Dunn            P     5-9   175    Fr.     5-4    Chicago, Ill./Nazareth Academy                      12   Patrick Dunn . . . . . . . . . . . . . P
84      Matt Eller             PK     6-2   205    Jr.     2-2    Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny                     12   Ryan Lankford . . . . . . . . . . . WR
11      Jarred Fayson         WR      6-0   215    Sr.     1-1    Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough/University of Florida      13   Derek Dimke. . . . . . . . . . . . . PK
67      Jake Feldmeyer         OL     6-4   280   r-Fr.    4-4    Centerville, Ohio/Centerville                       13   Sean McGushin . . . . . . . . . . QB
21      Jason Ford            RB      6-0   235    Jr.     3-2    Belleville, Ill./Althoff                            14   Miami Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . DB
22      Nick Forzley          DB     5-10   185    Fr.     5-4    Lemont, Ill./Lemont                                 14   Sean Anderson. . . . . . . . . . . QB
47      Glenn Foster           DL     6-4   260    So.     3-3    Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel                            15   Darius Millines. . . . . . . . . . . WR
23      Bud Golden            RB      6-0   205   r-Fr.    4-4    Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore                           16   Miles Osei . . . . . . . . . . . . . . QB
26      Justin Green          DB     5-11   195    So.     4-3    Louisville, Ky./Male                                17   Fred Sykes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WR
42      Aaron Gress            LB     6-0   220    Sr.     2-1    Exeter, Calif./Exeter/College of the Sequoias       18   Nate Bussey. . . . . . . . . . . . . LB
27      Antonio Gully         DB      6-1   190    Sr.     1-1    St. Louis, Mo./Cardinal Ritter                      19   Jack Ramsey . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
80      Spencer Harris        WR      6-3   180    Fr.     5-4    Greenwood, Ark./Greenwood                           20   Fritz Rock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
1       Terry Hawthorne       DB      6-0   185    So.     4-3    East St. Louis, Ill./East St. Louis                 21   Jason Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RB
74      Michael Heitz         OL      6-5   260    Fr.     5-4    Vermont, Ill./VIT                                   22   Nick Forzley . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
9       Trulon Henry          DB      6-2   225    Jr.     3-2    Washington, D.C./Woodrow Wilson/College of DuPage   23   Bud Golden . . . . . . . . . . . . . RB
52      Alex Hill             OL      6-3   340    Fr.     5-4    Slidell, La./Slidell                                23   Ben Mathis . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
43      James Hallendorff      TE     6-2   200    So.     3-3    Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills                     24   Earnest Thomas. . . . . . . . . . DB
95      Jake Howe             DL      6-1   270    Fr.     5-4    McHenry, Ill./McHenry                               25   Ashante Williams. . . . . . . . . DB
5       Steve Hull            DB      6-2   195   r-Fr.    4-4    Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore                           26   Justin Green. . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
66      Randall Hunt          OL      6-6   315    Sr.     1-1    Hightstown, N.J./Hightstown/Valley Forge            27   Antonio Gully . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
37      Nick Immekus          PK      6-0   235    Fr.     5-4    Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South             27   Ronald Stewart . . . . . . . . . . RB
55      Anterio Jackson       OL      6-2   300    Sr.     1-1    Chicago, Ill./Fenger                                28   Troy Pollard . . . . . . . . . . . . . RB
6       Chris James           WR      6-0   195    Sr.     1-1    Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park                           28   Tisunge Mkwezalamba. . . . . DB
36      Brad Janitz             P     6-5   215    Fr.     5-4    Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills                       29   Kaeman Mitchell . . . . . . . . . DB
53      Dustin Jefferson      LB      6-0   240    Sr.     1-1    Kankakee, Ill./Kankakee                             30   Houston Bates . . . . . . . . . . . LB
8       A.J. Jenkins          WR      6-0   185    Jr.     3-2    Jacksonville, Fla./Terry Parker                     31   Travon Bellamy . . . . . . . . . . DB
81      Jake Kumerow          WR      6-4   180    Fr.     5-4    Bartlett, Ill./South Elgin                          32   Ean Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB
59      Tim Kynard            DL      6-3   255   r-Fr.    4-4    Toledo, Ohio/St. John’s                             34   Alex Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LB
12      Ryan Lankford         WR     5-11   160    Fr.     5-4    Jacksonville, Fla./Paxon                            35   Jay Prosch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FB
88      Justin Lattimore       TE     6-3   220   r-Fr.    4-4    Tampa, Fla./Gaither                                 36   Brad Janitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P
5       Mikel Leshoure        RB      6-0   230    Jr.     3-2    Champaign, Ill./Centennial                          37   Nick Immekus . . . . . . . . . . . PK
70      Corey Lewis           OL      6-6   305    Jr.     3-2    Cresco, Pa./East Stroudsburg South                  38   Ian Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . LB
93      Corey Liuget          DL      6-3   285    Jr.     3-2    Miami, Fla./Hialeah                                 39   Abraham Oliver . . . . . . . . . . .LS
23      Ben Mathis            DB      6-3   190    So.     4-3    Springfield, Ill./Springfield                       40   Beau Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . LB
10      Eddie McGee           WR      6-4   210    Sr.     1-1    Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson                       41   Zach Becker. . . . . . . . . . . FB/TE
13      Sean McGushin         QB      6-2   215    So.     4-3    St. Charles, Ill./North                             42   Aaron Gress . . . . . . . . . . . . . LB
85      Whitney Mercilus      DL      6-3   265    So.     3-3    Akron, Ohio/Garfield                                43   James Hallendorff . . . . . . . . .TE
15      Darius Millines       WR     5-11   180    Fr.     5-4    Boynton Beach, Fla./American Heritage               44   Austin Teitsma. . . . . . . . . . . DL
29      Kaeman Mitchell       DB     5-9    180    So.     4-3    Champaign, Ill./Centennial                          45   Jonathan Brown . . . . . . . . . . LB


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2010 illinois FooTBall rosTEr
28   Tisunge Mkwezalamba    DB   5-11   190    So.    4-3   Champaign, Ill./Central                              46   Zak Pedersen . . . . . . . . . . . . .LS
4    Patrick Nixon-Youman   DB   5-10   175    So.    4-3   Jacksonville, Fla./Middleburg                        47   Glenn Foster. . . . . . . . . . . . . DL
97   Clay Nurse             DL    6-3   260    Sr.    1-1   Beltsville, Md./High Point                           49   Chris Willett. . . . . . . . . . . . . FB
39   Abraham Oliver         LS   5-11   160    So.    3-3   Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown                         52   Alex Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
96   Wisdom Onyegbule       DL    6-3   280    Jr.    2-2   Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook                        53   Dustin Jefferson. . . . . . . . . . LB
16   Miles Osei             QB   5-11   200    Fr.    5-4   Mt. Prospect/Prospect                                54   Justin Staples . . . . . . . . . . . DL
78   Ryan Palmer            OL    6-7   310    Sr.    1-1   Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak                                55   Anterio Jackson . . . . . . . . . . DL
46   Zak Pedersen           LS    6-2   210    So.    3-3   Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic                         56   Shawn Afryl . . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
76   Graham Pocic           OL    6-7   305    So.    3-3   Lemont, Ill./Lemont                                  58   Andrew Carter . . . . . . . . . . . OL
28   Troy Pollard           RB    5-8   190    Jr.    2-2   Jacksonville, Fla./Andrew Jackson                    59   Tim Kynard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . DL
34   Alex Porter            LB    6-0   235    Fr.    5-4   Kenilworth, Ill./New Trier                           61   Tyler Sands . . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
84   Arshan Pouladdej       WR   5-10   175    Jr.    3-2   Skokie, Ill./Niles North                             64   Nate Swanson . . . . . . . . . . . OL
35   Jay Prosch             FB    6-0   250    Fr.    5-4   Mobile, Ala./UMS-Wright                              65   Joe VanderHeyden . . . . . . . . OL
19   Jack Ramsay            DB   5-11   200    So.    3-3   Chicago, Ill./Simeon                                 66   Randall Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
20   Fritz Rock             DB    6-0   200    Fr.    5-4   Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata                              67   Jake Feldmeyer. . . . . . . . . . . OL
86   Tim Russell            WR    6-5   215   r-Fr.   4-4   St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles                        68   Simon Cvijanovic . . . . . . . . . OL
61   Tyler Sands            OL    6-5   305    So.    3-3   Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area Senior                 70   Corey Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
7    Supo Sanni             DB    6-3   220    Jr.    3-2   Chicago Heights, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor             71   Jeff Allen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
87   Anthony Santella        P    6-2   190    Sr.    1-1   Wauconda, Ill./Wauconda/University of Utah           72   Hugh Thornton . . . . . . . . . . . OL
2    Nathan Scheelhaase     QB    6-3   195   r-Fr.   4-4   Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst                           73   Jack Cornell . . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
94   Akeem Spence           DL    6-1   305   r-Fr.   4-4   Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Ft. Walton Beach              74   Michael Heitz . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
54   Justin Staples         DL    6-4   230    So.    3-3   Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward                            76   Graham Pocic . . . . . . . . . . . OL
27   Ronald Stewart         RB    5-6   180    Sr.    3-2   Chicago, Ill./Gage Park                              78   Ryan Palmer . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
40   Beau Sullivan          LB   5-11   205    So.    4-3   Decatur, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth                          79   Craig Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . OL
64   Nate Swanson           OL    6-8   325   r-Fr.   4-4   Manilus, Ill./Bureau Valley                          80   Spencer Harris . . . . . . . . . . . WR
17   Fred Sykes             WR    6-0   190    Jr.    3-2   Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain                              81   Jake Kumerow . . . . . . . . . . . WR
44   Austin Teitsma         DL    6-2   240    Fr.    5-4   Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South                      82   Anthony Williams . . . . . . . . . WR
24   Earnest Thomas         LB    6-2   200    Fr.    5-4   Orchard Lake, Mich./St. Mary’s                       83   Eddie Viliunas . . . . . . . . . . . .TE
38   Ian Thomas             LB    6-0   240    Jr.    2-2   Berwyn Heights, Md./DeMatha                          84   Matt Eller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PK
14   Miami Thomas           DB   5-11   180    Jr.    2-2   Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park                            84   Arshan Pouladdej. . . . . . . . . WR
72   Hugh Thornton          OL    6-5   310    So.    4-3   Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin                                85   Whitney Mercilus . . . . . . . . . DL
6    Joelil Thrash          DB    6-0   200    So.    4-3   Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson                        86   Tim Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . WR
65   Joe VanderHeyden       OL    6-3   280    Fr.    5-4   Rockford, Ill./Guilford                              87   Anthony Santella . . . . . . . . . . P
83   Eddie Viliunas         TE    6-4   245    So.    3-3   LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township                   88   Justin Lattimore. . . . . . . . . . .TE
7    Chandler Whitmer       QB   5-11   190    Fr.    5-4   Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South              89   Evan Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TE
49   Chris Willett          FB    6-2   235    So.    3-3   Liberty, Mo./Liberty/University of Missouri          90   D.J. Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DL
82   Anthony Williams       WR    6-4   200    Fr.    5-4   Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores                      93   Corey Liuget. . . . . . . . . . . . . DL
25   Ashante Williams       LB   5-10   205    So.    3-3   Mayfield, Ohio/Mayfield                              94   Akeem Spence . . . . . . . . . . . DL
79   Craig Wilson           OL   6-5    320    Jr.    2-2   Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township/Hargrave Military     95   Jake Howe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DL
89   Evan Wilson            TE   6-6    240    Fr.    5-4   Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock                             96   Wisdom Onyegbule. . . . . . . . DL
2    Martez Wilson          LB   6-4    250    Jr.    2-2   Chicago, Ill./Simeon                                 97   Clay Nurse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DL
3    Tavon Wilson           DB   6-0    205    Jr.    3-2   Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson                        98   Daryle Ballew. . . . . . . . . . . . DL
90   D.J. Woods             DL   6-3    215    Fr.    5-4   Tampa, Fla./Robinson                                 99   Michael Buchanan. . . . . . . . DL




                                                                                                                          2010 TExas Bowl GuidE // 5
FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs

2010 dEPTh CharT
(as of dec. 10)

oFFEnsE                                    dEFEnsE                                          sPECial TEaMs
weak-side Tackle                           defensive End                                    Placekicker
71 Jeff Allen (6-5, 305, Jr.)              97 Clay Nurse (6-3, 260, Sr.)                    13 Derek Dimke (6-0, 180, Jr.)
72 Hugh Thornton (6-5, 310, So.)           85 Whitney Mercilus (6-3, 265, So.)              84 Matt Eller (6-2, 205, Jr.)

weak-side Guard                            defensive Tackle                                 Punter
72 Hugh Thornton (6-5, 310, So.)           94 Akeem Spence (6-1, 305, r-Fr.)                87 Anthony Santella (6-2, 190, Sr.)
73 Jack Cornell (6-5, 315, Jr.)            98 Daryle Ballew (6-1, 310, Jr.)
61 Tyler Sands (6-5, 305, So.)                                                              long snapper
                                           defensive Tackle                                 46 Zak Pedersen (6-2, 220, So.)
Center                                     93 Corey Liuget (6-3, 285, Jr.)
76 Graham Pocic (6-7, 305, So.)            47 Glenn Foster (6-4, 260, So.)                  holder
67 Jake Feldmeyer (6-4, 280, r-Fr.)                                                         87 Anthony Santella (6-2, 190, Sr.)
                                           Bandit
strong-side Guard                          99 Michael Buchanan (6-6, 225, So.)              Kickoffs
66 Randall Hunt (6-6, 315, Sr.)            54 Justin Staples (6-4, 230, So.)                13 Derek Dimke (6-0, 180, Jr.)
73 Jack Cornell (6-5, 315, Jr.)            8 Brandon Denmark (6-3, 220, Fr.)
55 Anterio Jackson (6-2, 300, Sr.)                                                          Kick returner
                                           will linebacker                                  28 Troy Pollard (5-8, 190, Jr.)
strong-side Tackle                         38 Ian Thomas (6-0, 240, Jr.)                    15 Darius Millines (5-11, 180, Fr.)
78 Ryan Palmer (6-7, 310, Sr.)             45 Jonathan Brown (6-1, 235, Fr.)                26 Justin Green (5-11, 195, So.)
72 Hugh Thornton (6-5, 310, So.)                                                            19 Jack Ramsey (5-11, 200, So.)
79 Craig Wilson (6-5, 320, Jr.)            Mike linebacker
                                           2 Martez Wilson (6-4, 250, Jr.)                  Punt returner
quarterback                                53 Dustin Jefferson (6-0, 240, Sr.)              11 Jarred Fayson (6-0, 215, Sr.)
2 Nathan Scheelhaase (6-3, 195, r-Fr.)
16 Miles Osei (5-11, 200, Fr.)             sam linebacker
7 Chandler Whitmer (5-11, 190, Fr.)        18 Nate Bussey (6-2, 220, Sr.)
                                           42 Aaron Gress (6-0, 220, Sr.)
h-Back                                     25 Ashante Williams (5-10, 205, So.)   PronunCiaTion GuidE
5 Mikel Leshoure (6-0, 230, Jr.)                                                  Shawn Afryl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . uh-FREEL
21 Jason Ford (6-0, 235, Jr.)              Cornerback                             Daryle Ballew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . buh-LOO
28 Troy Pollard (5-8, 190, Jr.)            31 Travon Bellamy (6-0, 205, Sr.)      Travon Bellamy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TRAY-von
23 Bud Golden (6-0, 205, r-Fr.)            1 Terry Hawthorne (6-0, 185, So.)      Nate Bussey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BUS-see
                                                                                  Simon Cvijanovic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . suh-VAH-no-vitch
                                           4 Pat Nixon-Youman (5-10, 175, So.)
                                                                                  Derek Dimke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DIM-key
Fullback                                                                          Jarred Fayson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FAY-son
35 Jay Prosch (6-0, 250, Fr.)              Free safety                            Michael Heitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . heights
49 Chris Willett (6-2, 235, So.)           9 Trulon Henry (6-2, 225, Jr.)         Anterio Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . an-TARE-ee-oh
                                           5 Steve Hull (6-2, 195, r-Fr.)         Tim Kynard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . kuh-NARD
wide receiver                                                                     Mikel Leshoure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .muh-KEL // luh-SHORE
11 Jarred Fayson (6-0, 215, Sr.)           strong safety                          Corey Liuget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . legit
80 Spencer Harris (6-3, 180, Fr.)          3 Tavon Wilson (6-0, 205, Jr.)         Whitney Mercilus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MER-sil-us
17 Fred Sykes (6-0, 190, Jr.)              6 Joelil Thrash (6-0, 200, So.)        Darius Millines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . mil-LINES
                                                                                  Kaeman Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KAY-man
wide receiver                              Cornerback                             Tisunge Mkwezalamba . . . ti-SOON-gay // m-kway-za-LAHM-ba
8 A.J. Jenkins (6-0, 185, Jr.)             26 Justin Green (5-11, 195, So.)       Patrick Nixon-Youman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . YO-man
                                                                                  Wisdom Onyegbule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . oh-NEB-oo-lay
12 Ryan Lankford (5-11, 160, Fr.)          1 Terry Hawthorne (6-0, 185, So.)
                                                                                  Miles Osei . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . oh-SAY
6 Chris James (6-0, 195, Sr.)              27 Antonio Gully (6-1, 190, Sr.)
                                                                                  Zak Pedersen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PED-er-son
                                                                                  Graham Pocic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .POH-sick
wide receiver                                                                     Jay Prosch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . prosh
10 Eddie McGee (6-4, 210, Sr.)                                                    Supo Sanni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SHOE-po
15 Darius Millines (5-11, 180, Fr.)                                               Nathan Scheelhaase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SHEEL-house
                                                                                  Austin Teitsma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TEETS-ma
Tight End                                                                         Joelil Thrash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . joe-LEEL
89 Evan Wilson (6-6, 240, Fr.)                                                    Eddie Viliunas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vuh-LOO-nus
83 Eddie Viliunas (6-4, 245, So.) - or -                                          Tavon Wilson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TAY-von
88 Justin Lattimore (6-3, 220, r-Fr.)
                                                                                  CoaChEs
                                                                                  Vic Koenning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CONE-ing



6 // 2010 TExas Bowl GuidE
                                                                                                                                             FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs
ProBaBlE oFFEnsiVE sTarTErs quiCK FaCTs
QB    2     Nathan Scheelhaase (r-Fr., 6-3, 195) Has 2 of top 7 single-game QB ratings in UI history (vs. SIU, PUR) … Broke UI record for QB rush yds with 815 … BT Off POW 11/1

RB    5     Mikel Leshoure (Jr., 6-0, 230)       2nd-Team AP All-American … Broke UI record with 330 yds vs. NU … Tied UI record with 8 100-yd games in 2010 … 8th in NCAA in rush yds

FB    35    Jay Prosch (Fr., 6-0, 250)           Tenacious blocker serves as primary fullback … True-freshman primarily played OL, LB in HS … All-State LB in Alabama as a senior

TE    89    Evan Wilson (Fr., 6-6, 240)          Scored 1st career TD at PSU … 2 of 9 rec in 2010 have been TDs … Had 3 rec for 20 yards against Purdue

WR    10    Eddie McGee (Sr., 6-4, 210)          Had 2 rec for 28 yds vs. Mizzou … Moved to WR during 2009 season … Also lines up at QB in “DC Package,” Illinois’ version of wildcat

WR    11    Jarred Fayson (Sr., 6-0, 215)        Had career day vs. #2 OSU with 8 rec, 83 yds … Had 25 receptions in 5 games from 10/16-11/13

WR    8     A.J. Jenkins (Jr., 6-0, 185)         Leads team with 57.8 receiving ypg this year … Career-high 137 rec yds vs. MINN … Has 2 100-yd games in 2010 (114 vs. SIU, 137 vs. MINN)

WT    71    Jeff Allen (Jr., 6-5, 305)           Second-Team All-Big Ten in 2010 … Has started 33 consecutive games … Rushing offense ranks 13th in nation in 2010

WG    72    Hugh Thornton (So., 6-5, 310)        Has made 14 career starts … Spent much of his youth in Jamaica … 2-time heavyweight state champ in high school as a wrestler

C     76    Graham Pocic (So., 6-7, 305)         Has started all 12 games … Named Co-Most Improved Offensive Player during 2010 spring … Played in 10 games as a redshirt-frosh

SG    66    Randall Hunt (Sr., 6-6, 315)         Has started 11 games … Two-year starter … Prep schooled at Valley Forge … Only NJ native on roster

ST    78    Ryan Palmer (Sr., 6-7, 310)          Has started all 12 games in 2010 and 20 in his career … Broke left hand at Michigan and missed only 8 snaps




ProBaBlE dEFEnsiVE sTarTErs quiCK FaCTs
BANDIT 99   Michael Buchanan (So., 6-6, 225)     Has 4 TFLs and 1.5 sacks this season … Had career-high 7 tackles vs. Ohio State … Played in 10 games as a true-freshman in 2009

DT    93    Corey Liuget (Jr., 6-3, 285)         Second-Team All-Big Ten selection … 2nd on the team with 10 TFLs … Career-high 11 tackles at MSU, most by an Illini DT since 1996

DT    94    Akeem Spence (r-Fr., 6-1, 305)       First-Team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and Rivals.com … Started all 12 games in 2010 … Has 45 tackles, 4 TFLs, 1 sack

DE    97    Clay Nurse (Sr., 6-3, 260)           Has 8 QB hurries this year … Led team with 10.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks in 2009 … Had 4 sacks vs. Minnesota last year

SLB   18    Nate Bussey (Sr., 6-2, 220)          75 tackles is 2nd on team, 3rd with 7.5 TFLs … Career-high 10 tackles at MICH … 19-yard INT return for TD at PSU … Blocked punt vs. IND

MLB   2     Martez Wilson (Jr., 6-4, 250)        First-Team All-Big Ten … Team-high 105 tackles (3rd in BT), 10.5 TFLs (8th in BT), 4.0 sacks (9th in BT) … 15 tackles vs. MINN

WLB   38    Ian Thomas (Jr., 6-0, 240)           Second-year starter … 4th on team with 65 tackles, 6.5 TFLs … Tied career high with 13 tackles vs. Mizzou

CB    26    Justin Green (So., 5-11, 195)        Has 50 tackles, 4 PBUs in 2010 … Career-high 10 tackles vs. MINN … Moved to CB 2 weeks before 1st game of 2010 … Runs a 4.4 40

FS    9     Trulon Henry (Jr., 6-2, 225)         Had 2 INTs vs. #2 OSU, 1 at MICH … Had 10 tackles, TFL, FF vs. NIU … Brother of former Illini WR Arrelious Benn

SS    3     Tavon Wilson (So., 6-0, 195)         Leads team with 7 PBUs … Also had team-high 7 PBU in 2009 … Moved to SS from CB 2 weeks before 1st game of 2010

CB    31    Travon Bellamy (Sr., 6-0, 205)       3rd on team with 66 tackles, 5th with 5.0 TFLs, 2nd with 6 PBUs … Had career-high 12 tackles vs. Mizzou … 5th-year senior




ProBaBlE sPECial TEaMs quiCK FaCTs
PK/KOS 13   Derek Dimke (Jr., 6-0, 180)          Second-Team All-Big Ten … Has connected on 26-of-31 FG tries and 52-of-52 PATs in career … 6th in nation in FGs per game (1.75)

P     87    Anthony Santella (Sr., 6-2, 190)     First-Team All-Big Ten by coaches … Ranked 11th in NCAA in punting … 18 of 59 punts (31 pct) in 2010 have been 50+ yards

LS    46    Zak Pedersen (So., 6-2, 220)         First-year full-time snapper … Earned scholarship for 2010-11 academic year … Named Most Improved Walk-On during 2010 spring drills




                                                                                                                                                             2010 TExas Bowl GuidE // 7
FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs
                                                                                   ThE oPEninG KiCK
                      did you Know?                                                • The Fighting Illini earned an invitation to the 2010 Texas Bowl in Houston on Dec. 29, where they’ll face the
                                                                                     Baylor Bears. Illinois finished the regular season 6-6 overall, a three-win improvement from last season,
  Illinois running back Mikel leshoure                                               and tied for fourth place in the Big Ten with a 4-4 conference mark.
  has the most runs of 30 or more yards in                                         • The 2010 Texas Bowl marks Illinois’ eighth December bowl game and first since the 1999 MicronPC.com
  the nation this season. Leshoure has 11                                            Bowl on Dec. 30, 1999. It also marks the first non-BCS bowl appearance for the Fighting Illini since 1999
                                                                                     as their last two bowl games have been the 2002 Sugar Bowl and the 2008 Rose Bowl.
  rushes of 30+ so far, tied with Oregon’s
                                                                                   • Illinois has faced the 14th-toughest schedule in the nation according to the official NCAA schedule
  LaMicheal James and Hawaii’s Alex                                                  strength rankings as this year’s opponents have a combined record of 81-50 this season vs. Division I
  Green for tops among FBS players.                                                  opponents (not counting their game vs. Illinois). Eight of Illinois’ opponents are playing in bowl games
                                                                                     this season.
                                                                                   • The Illinois offense exploded in the second half of the season, averaging 42.8 points and 435.8 total yards
                                                                                     over the last six games. During the first six games this season, the Illini averaged 21.3 points and 320
              TEaM sTaT CoMParison                                                   yards per game.
  2010 season statistics                                 ill                 Bu    • The Fighting Illini defense forced 17 of its 25 turnovers in the last six games and converted those miscues
  Overall Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 . . . . . . . . 7-5      into 69 points (nine TDs and two FGs). During that same span, the Illini offense turned the ball over just
  Conf. Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4 . . . . . . . . 4-4     five times. That has swung Illinois’ turnover margin from 108th in the nation after six games (-1.0) to
  Total Offense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385.8 . . . . . . 478.5         26th after 12 games (+0.5).
  Points Scored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.1 . . . . . . . 32.6      • The Orange and Blue defense has been stingy after turnovers all season. Following the 19 Illini turnovers,
  First Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.2 . . . . . . . 23.8      the defense has allowed just 39 points (three touchdowns and six field goals).
  Rushing Yds.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242.3 . . . . . . 200.5        • Opponents have started 23 regulation drives in plus territory this season, but the Illini defense has allowed
  Passing Yds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143.4 . . . . . . 278.0         just three touchdowns and 11 field goals on those 23 drives.
  Time of Possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32:15 . . . . . . 29:16
                                                                                   • Offensively, Illinois ranks third in the nation in red zone scoring percentage, picking up points on 45 of
  3rd Down Conversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40.0 . . . . . . . 41.0
                                                                                     its 48 trips inside the 20 this season (94 percent). The Illini have 31 touchdowns and 14 field goals in
  Points Allowed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24.2 . . . . . . . 29.8
                                                                                     the red zone so far this season. Only Oklahoma State (56-of-59) and Memphis (18-for-19) have better
  Yards Allowed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344.2 . . . . . . 427.2
                                                                                     percentages nationally.
  Rushing Yds. Allowed . . . . . . . . . . . . 131.3 . . . . . . 160.2
  Passing Yds. Allowed . . . . . . . . . . . . 212.8 . . . . . . 267.0             • Illinois is third in the nation in fourth-down conversion percentage. The Illini are 9-of-11 (82 percent) on fourth-
                                                                                     down tries this season, which trails only LSU (11-of-12, 92 percent) and Ohio State (8-of-9, 89 percent).
                                                                                   • The Illini defense also has fared well stopping fourth downs. Illinois is tied for 18th nationally in defensive
                                                                                     fourth-down efficiency, allowing only six first downs on 15 opponent attempts (40 percent).
                   sTaTisTiCal lEadErs
                          (2010 averages listed)                                   • All-American RB Mikel leshoure led the Big Ten in rushing during conference games with an average of
                                                                                     121.6 yards per game, outgaining Michigan QB Denard Robinson (119.4) to claim the conference rushing
                                                                                     title. He ranks second on Illinois’ single-season rushing and touchdowns list with 1,513 yards and 17 TDs.
                        rushinG lEadErs (yPG)
 Leshoure . . . . . . . .126.1     Finley . . . . . . . . . . . .96.2              • Redshirt-freshman QB nathan scheelhaase has been extremely efficient during the second half of the
 Scheelhaase . . . . . .67.9       Griffin III. . . . . . . . . .49.2                season, passing for 802 yards, 13 touchdowns and just one interception while rushing for another 525
                                                                                     yards and two TDs on 110 carries (4.8 ypc) over the final six games. His pass efficiency rating improved
                     PassinG lEadErs (yPG)
                                                                                     from 110.24 during the first six game to 148.51 over the last six.
 Scheelhaase . . . . .131.9     Griffin III. . . . . . . . .266.2
                                                                                   • Junior LB Martez wilson had a break-out season, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors after ranking third in
                       rECEiVinG lEadErs (yPG)                                       the conference and 48th nationally in tackles (8.8 tpg). He also led Illinois with 10.5 TFLs and 4.0 sacks.
 Jenkins . . . . . . . . . .57.8    Wright. . . . . . . . . . . .68.8
 Fayson. . . . . . . . . . .29.5    Williams . . . . . . . . . .39.3

                    inTErCEPTion lEadErs (ToTal)                                   illinois Bowl hisTory
 Henry . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Kent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2           This will be Illinois’ 16th bowl appearance and its first in the five-year-old Texas Bowl. The Illini are 6-9
 Nixon-Youman . . . . . . .2        8 players. . . . . . . . . . . . 1             all-time when playing in bowl games. Illinois’ coaching staff has a combined 55 games of bowl experience
                          sCorinG lEadErs (PPG)                                    as coaches and nine games as players. Take a look at Illinois’ bowl history:
 Dimke . . . . . . . . . . . .8.6    Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.4            1947        Rose Bowl                   UCLA                  W, 45-14
 Leshoure. . . . . . . . . . 8.5     Finley . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.5           1952        Rose Bowl                   Stanford              W, 40-7
 Ford. . . . . . . . . . . . . .3.5  Griffin III. . . . . . . . . . .4.2           1964        Rose Bowl                   Washington            W, 17-7
                      all-PurPosE yards (yPG)                                      1982        Liberty Bowl                Alabama               L, 15-21
 Leshoure . . . . . . . .140.7    Finley . . . . . . . . . . .102.6                1984        Rose Bowl                   UCLA                  L, 9-45
 Scheelhaase . . . . . .69.8      Williams . . . . . . . . . .82.7                 1985        Peach Bowl                  Army                  L, 29-31
                                                                                   1988        All-American Bowl           Florida               L, 10-14
                               TaCKlEs (TPG)                                       1990        Citrus Bowl                 Virginia              W, 31-21
 M. Wilson . . . . . . . . .8.8       Landor . . . . . . . . . . . .9.6            1991        Hall of Fame                Clemson               L, 0-30
 Bussey. . . . . . . . . . . .6.3     Atchison . . . . . . . . . . .5.5            1991        John Hancock Bowl           UCLA                  L, 3-6
 Bellamy . . . . . . . . . . .5.5     Johnson . . . . . . . . . . .5.2             1992        Holiday Bowl                Hawaii                L, 17-27
                        TaCKlEs For loss (ToTal)                                   1994        Liberty Bowl                East Carolina         W, 30-0
 M. Wilson . . . . . . . .10.5       Elliott . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.0          1999        MicronPC.com Bowl           Virginia              W, 63-21
 Liuget . . . . . . . . . . .10.0    Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.0           2002        Sugar Bowl                  LSU                   L, 34-47
                                                                                   2008        Rose Bowl                   USC                   L, 17-49
                                                                                   * See pages 100-103 for recaps and stats of Illinois’ previoius bowl games


8 // 2010 TExas Bowl GuidE
                                                                                                                   FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs
                                     FaCTs aBouT ThE TExas Bowl
ThE illini oFFEnsE
                                     This year’s game will be the fifth installment of the Texas Bowl. The bowl has been affiliated with the Big 12
MosT rushinG yards, sEason / aVG.    Conference since its inception in 2006, and 2010 is the first time it will pair teams from the Big 12 against the Big
rk    yPG      G     Total    year   Ten Conference. The Texas Bowl holds the fifth choice among both Big Ten and Big 12 bowls, after the BCS bowls
1.    275.7    9     2,481    1953
2.    256.8    13    3,338    2007   are announced.
3.    242.3    12    2,908    2010
4.    235.5    11    2,590    1972   Previous results of the Texas Bowl
5.    232.8    9     2,095    1957
6.    231.6    9     2,084    1955
                                     2006 – Rutgers 37, Kansas State 10 (NFL Network)
7.    231.4    10    2,314    1963   2007 – TCU 20, Houston 13 (NFL Network)
8.    219.8    10    2,198    1951   2008 – Rice 38, Western Michigan 14 (NFL Network)
9.    217.8    11    2,330    1975   2009 – Navy 35, Missouri 13 (ESPN)
10.   217.6    10    2,176    1961
      217.6    9     1,958    1956

MosT rushinG yards, sEason / ToTal   lEshourE ThinG
rk    Total    G     yPG      year
1     3,338    13    256.8    2007
                                     • Junior RB Mikel leshoure has rushed for 1,513 yards this season, which ranks second in school history behind
2.    2,908    12    242.3    2010     only Rashard Mendenhall’s school-record total of 1,681, and he now has 2,373 yards for his career, which ranks
3.    2,590    11    235.5    1972     10th on the Illini all-time list. Leshoure needs 169 yards in the Texas Bowl to break Mendenhall’s record.
4.    2,481    9     275.7    1953
5.    2,405    12    200.4    2009   • Leshoure had a historic performance at Wrigley Field vs. Northwestern on Nov. 20, rushing for a school-record 330
6.    2,340    11    212.7    1971     yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. It not only broke Robert Holcombe’s former Illinois record of 315 yards
7.    2,330    11    217.8    1975     but also is the highest rushing total in the nation since 2008, is the fifth-most yards in a game in Big Ten history,
8.    2,314    10    231.4    1963
9.    2,274    11    206.7    1973     and the fourth-most in a Big Ten conference game.
10.   2,266    12    188.8    2006   • Leshoure was especially good down the stretch, combining for 806 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns in the
MosT ToTal oFFEnsE, sEason / aVG       last four games. He shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 8 after scoring five touchdowns
rk    yPG      G     Total    year     and totaling 172 all-purpose yards (120 rushing, 52 receiving) against Michigan and then received several
1.    446.3    12    5,356    2002     national and conference player of the week honors after the historic performance vs. Northwestern.
2.    441.8    11    4,860    1984
3.    438.8    12    5,266    2008   • Leshoure has been one of the top big-play threats in the nation this season, racking up 21 plays (rushing and
4.    425.0    13    5,525    2007     receiving) of 20-plus yards. He is one of only 10 players in the nation to have at least 21 plays over 20 yards. In
5.    420.1    12    5,041    2001
6.    410.4    11    4,514    1981
                                       addition, Leshoure has 16 rushes of 20 or more yards, tied for second-most in the nation, and 11 rushes over 30
7.    407.3    12    4,887    1999     yards, tied for most in the country with Oregon’s LaMichael James and Hawaii’s Alex Green. Five of Leshoure’s long
8.    397.8    12    4,773    1989     plays came against Northwestern and he has 11 plays over 20 yards in the last four games.
9.    393.5    12    4,722    2009
10.   390.3    12    4,684    1991   • Leshoure has scored 13 touchdowns in the last five games – 10 rushing and three receiving – and has 17 total
11.   388.4    12    4,661    1983     touchdowns this season, a total that ranks second on the Illinois single-season touchdown list. He needs two more
12.   385.8    12    4,629    2010     touchdowns to tie and three to break the school record currently held by Rashard Mendenhall (2007, 19 TDs).
MosT ToTal oFFEnsE, sEason / ToTal   • Leshoure’s 126.0 rushing yards per game this season rank eighth in the nation and lead all Big Ten running
rk    Total    G     yPG      year     backs. He was second overall in the conference behind only Michigan QB Denard Robinson, and led all rushers
1.    5,356    12    446.3    2002
2.    5,525    13    425.0    2007     during conference games.
3.    5,266    12    438.8    2008   • A native of Champaign, Ill., Leshoure had his eighth 100-yard rushing game of the season against Fresno State,
4.    5,041    12    420.1    2001
5.    4,887    12    407.3    1999     which is tied for the most in school history with Rashard Mendenhall’s eight 100-yard rushing games in 2007.
6.    4,860    11    441.8    1984     Leshoure also has 11 100-yard games in his career, behind only Robert Holcombe’s school record of 16 from
7.    4,773    12    397.8    1989     1994-97 and Jim Grabowski’s 12 from 1963-65.
8.    4,722    12    393.5    2009
9.    4,684    12    390.3    1991   • Leshoure currently has four straight 100-yard games, a streak that ties him with J.C. Caroline, Robert Holcombe
10.   4,661    12    388.4    1983     and himself from earlier this season for the most consecutive 100+ rushing efforts in UI history. He’ll be gunning
11.   4,629    12    385.8    2010
                                       for a record fifth-straight 100-yard game against Baylor in the Texas Bowl.
MosT PoinTs, sEason / aVG.           • Leshoure has taken on a bigger load for the Illini offense this season. He had a career-high 33 carries for 330
rk    PPG      G     Pts      year
1.    32.5     12    390      2001
                                       yards against Northwestern and is currently averaging 21.0 carries per game this season. Entering the season,
2.    32.3     12    388      1999     Leshoure had carried the ball 20+ times just once (21 carries vs. Michigan in 2009). In 2010, he has six 20-carry
3.    32.1     12    385      2010     games and is still averaging a healthy 6.0 ypc for the season.
4.    29.4     11    323      1984
5.    29.2     13    380      1902   • Leshoure’s 6.01 career yards per carry ranks seventh among all current Division I players with at least 300
6.    28.9     12    347      1983     carries.
7.    28.8     12    346      2002
8     28.7     12    344      2008
9.    28.2     12    338      1982
10.   27.8     13    362      2007
                                     lEshourE CoMParison wiTh doaK FinalisTs
                                     Junior RB Mikel leshoure was a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s top
MosT PoinTs, sEason / ToTal
rk    Pts      G     PPG      year
                                     running back, but did not make the cut as a semifinalist or finalist for the award. Here is how Leshoure stacks up
1.    390      12    32.5     2001   against the finalists.
2.    388      12    32.3     1999
3.    385      12    32.1     2010
4.    380      13    29.2     1902   PlayEr                        yPG nCaa rK     yPC nCaa rK      Td    all-PurP    nCaa rK 30+ runs nCaa rK
5.    362      13    27.8     2007   M. leshoure, Jr, illinois    126.1  8th       6.0  23rd        17      140.7      26th      11     T-1st
6.    347      12    28.9     1983   J. Clay, Jr, Wisconsin        93.6 29th       5.3   NR         13       94.5       NR        1      NR
7.    346      12    28.8     2002   K. Hunter, Sr, Oklahoma St   126.3  7th       5.8  33rd        16      142.4      23rd       2      NR
8.    344      12    28.7     2008   L. James, So, Oregon         152.9  1st       6.0  25th        22      168.3       7th      11     T-1st
9.    338      12    28.2     1982
10.   332      12    27.7     1989


                                                                                                                               2010 TExas Bowl GuidE // 9
FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs
                                                               Baylor sEriEs noTEs
  BiG TEn sTandinGs                                              T
                                                               • he Texas Bowl will be just the second meeting between Illinois and Baylor. The Bears won the only prior
  TEaM                      Big Ten   Pct.    overall   Pct.
                                                                 meeting between the two teams, 34-19, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign in 1976.
  #7/7 Michigan State         7-1     .875     11-1     .917   • Illinois is 18-31-3 all-time against the Big 12 Conference.
  #6/6 Ohio State             7-1     .875     11-1     .917   • Illinois is 0-1 all-time in bowl games in the state of Texas, with its appearance in the 1991 John Hancock
  #4/4 Wisconsin              7-1     .875     11-1     .917     Bowl in El Paso the only time the Illini have played a postseason game in Texas.
  RV/-- Iowa                  4-4     .500      7-5     .583
  Penn State                  4-4     .500      7-5     .583
  Illinois                    4-4     .500      6-6     .500   illini ConnECTions To Baylor and housTon
  Michigan                    3-5     .375      7-5     .583   Illinois has several connections to Baylor University and the Houston area.
  Northwestern                3-5     .375      7-5     .583
                                                               • Illinois outside linebackers coach ron west was an assistant coach at Baylor from 1993-96. He served
  Purdue                      2-6     .333      4-8     .333
                                                                 as the offensive line coach from 1993-95 before adding the title of run-game coordinator for the 1996
  Minnesota                   2-6     .143      3-9     .250
                                                                 season.
  Indiana                     1-7     .000      5-7     .417
                                                               • ssistant head coach and offensive line coach Joe Gilbert came to Illinois in 2009 after spending one
                                                                 A
  non Conference opponents                                       season at the University of Houston, where he helped the Cougars rank second in the nation in total
  TEaM                       Conf.     Pct.   overall   Pct.     offense.
  #14/14 Missouri             6-2     .667     10-2     .833   • Illini strength and conditioning coach lou hernandez, a native of Alice, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree
  Southern Illinois           4-4     .500      5-6     .455     in exercise science from the University of Houston in 1992 and his master’s degree in exercise and health-
  RV/RV Northern Illinois     8-0     1.000    10-3     .769     related fitness from Houston in 1994.
  RV/-- Fresno State          5-3      .625     8-4     .667   • Former Illini greats neil rackers and Eugene wilson play for the NFL’s Houston Texans and play their
                                                                 home games in Reliant Stadium.
  BiG TEn in ThE Bowls
                                                               rECords To waTCh
  Tuesday, dec. 28
  Insight Bowl, Tempe, Ariz.                                   • Junior RB Mikel leshoure needs 169 yards to break Rashard Mendenhall’s UI single-season rushing record
  Iowa vs. Missouri // 9 p.m. // ESPN                            of 1,681 yards in 2007. Leshoure currently ranks second with 1,513 rushing yards this season.
                                                               • Leshoure needs two touchdowns to tie and three to break Mendenhall’s single-season touchdowns record
  wednesday, dec. 29
  Texas Bowl, Houston, Texas
                                                                 of 19 in 2007. Leshoure currently ranks second with 17 TDs.
  Illinois vs. Baylor // 5 p.m. // ESPN                        • Leshoure needs three rushing touchdowns to tie and four to break Mendenhall’s single-season rushing
                                                                 touchdowns record of 17 in 2007. Leshoure currently ranks third with 14 rushing TDs. Howard Griffith is
  saturday, Jan. 1                                               second on the list with 15 in 1990.
  TicketCity Bowl, Dallas, Texas
  Northwestern vs. Texas Tech // 11 a.m. // ESPNU              • If Leshoure reaches 100 yards on the ground versus Baylor, he will claim sole possession of the UI record
                                                                 for most 100-yard games in a season. He is currently tied with Mendenhall for the record with eight.
  saturday, Jan. 1
  Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla.
                                                               • Leshoure needs 312 all-purpose yards to break Mendenhall’s single-season record of 1,999. Leshoure
  Penn State vs. Florida // 12 p.m. // ABC                       currently ranks second with 1,688 all-purpose yards on the season.
                                                               • Redshirt freshman QB nathan scheelhaase needs 28 yards rushing to break the UI freshman rushing
  saturday, Jan. 1                                               record currently held by Buddy Young (842 yards in 1944). Scheelhaase already owns Illinois freshman
  Capital One Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
                                                                 records for passing yards (1,538) and touchdown passes (17) and owns the overall single-season school
  Michigan State vs. Alabama // 12 p.m. // ESPN
                                                                 record for rushing yards by a quarterback (815).
  saturday, Jan. 1                                             • Senior punter anthony santella has a shot a breaking the UI record for season punting average. Santella
  Gator Bowl, Orlando, Fla.                                      is averaging 45.2 yards per kick this season, just behind Steve Weatherford’s school-record of 45.4 ypp
  Michigan vs. Mississippi State // 12:30 p.m. // ESPN2
                                                                 in 2004.
  saturday, Jan. 1                                             • Junior placekicker derek dimke needs three field goals to tie and four to break the Illinois single-season
  Rose Bowl presented by Vizio, Pasadena, Calif.                 record for field goals made. Dimke has made 21 field goals on the season to rank third on the UI all-time
  Wisconsin vs. TCU // 4 p.m. // ESPN                            list behind Chris White’s 24 in 1984 and Mike Bass’ 23 in 1982.
  Tuesday, Jan. 4                                              • As a team, Illinois needs just six points to break the season record for points scored, which is currently held
  Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La.                          by the 2001 team (390) in 12 games. The Illini enter the Texas Bowl with 385 points in 2010.
  Ohio State vs. Arkansas // 7:30 p.m. // ESPN
                                                               • The Illini also would break the school record for points per game if they scored 39 points against Baylor.
                                                                 Illinois is averaging 32.1 points per game this season, just behind the school-record of 32.5 in 2001 and
  illinois oPPonEnTs in ThE Bowls                                the 1999 team’s 32.3 average.
                                                               • Illinois need 431 yards on the ground against Baylor to break the school record for season rushing yards
  Missouri (11-2)
                                                                 and would break the school mark for season rushing TDs with four.
  Insight Bowl vs. Iowa
  Jan. 1 // 9 p.m. // ESPN                                     * See pages 76-94 for the complete updated Illinois record book.

  norThErn illinois (10-3) vs. FrEsno sTaTE (8-4)
  uDrove Humanitarian Bowl                                     six illini naMEd all-BiG TEn
  Dec. 18 // 5:30 p.m. // ESPN
                                                               Junior RB Mikel leshoure earned first-team All-Big Ten honors by both the conference coaches and media,
                     ~ all times central ~                     junior LB Martez wilson was a first-team selection by the media and second team by the coaches, and
                                                               senior P anthony santella earned first-team honors by the coaches and second team by the media. Junior
                                                               DT Corey liuget was a second-team selection by both the coaches and media, junior OT Jeff allen earned

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                                                                                                                                                                                                FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs
                                                                                                second-team honors by the media, and junior PK derek dimke was a second-team pick by the coaches.
           2010 illini ranKinGs in ThE                                                          Senior LB nate Bussey, junior FS Trulon henry, sophomore C Graham Pocic and junior SS Tavon wilson all
                nCaa and BiG TEn                                                                earned honorable mention laurels by both groups, while Allen was honorable mention by the coaches and
                                                                                                Dimke was honorable mention by the media.
                              TEaM ranKinGs
CaTEGory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .nCaa. . . . . . Big Ten
Rushing Offense . . . . . . . . . .242.33 . . . . . . 13th. . . . . . . . . .3rd                       FirsT TEaM                                         sECond TEaM                                honoraBlE MEnTion
Passing Offense . . . . . . . . . .143.42 . . . . . 115th. . . . . . . . .11th                         Mikel Leshoure (both)                              Jeff Allen (media)                         Jeff Allen (coaches)
Total Offense. . . . . . . . . . . . .385.75 . . . . . . 57th. . . . . . . . . .7th                    Anthony Santella (coaches)                         Derek Dimke (coaches)                      Nate Bussey (both)
Scoring Offense. . . . . . . . . . . .32.08 . . . . . . 34th. . . . . . . . . .4th                     Martez Wilson (media)                              Corey Liuget (both)                        Derek Dimke (media)
Rushing Defense. . . . . . . . . .131.33 . . . . . . 29th. . . . . . . . . .4th                                                                           Anthony Santella (media)                   Trulon Henry (both)
Pass Efficiency Defense . . . .125.98 . . . . . . 56th. . . . . . . . . .6th                                                                              Martez Wilson (coaches)                    Graham Pocic (both)
Total Defense . . . . . . . . . . . .344.17 . . . . . . 38th. . . . . . . . . .5th                                                                                                                   Tavon Wilson (both)
Scoring Defense . . . . . . . . . . .24.25 . . . . . . 53rd. . . . . . . . . .6th
Net Punting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37.86 . . . . . . 34th. . . . . . . . . .5th
Punt Returns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3.28 . . . . . 116th. . . . . . . . .11th              ZooK in Bowl GaMEs
Kickoff Returns . . . . . . . . . . . . .20.0 . . . . . . 97th. . . . . . . . . .9th
Turnover Margin . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.5 . . . . .T-26th. . . . . . . . . .4th              Zook will take part in his 17th bowl game — three as a player at Miami (OH), four as a head coach and 10 as
Pass Defense . . . . . . . . . . . .212.83 . . . . . . 54th. . . . . . . . . .5th               an assistant coach. He was 3-0 as a player, 4-6 as an assistant coach and is 0-3 as a head coach. Here is a
Passing Efficiency. . . . . . . . .125.25 . . . . . . 75th. . . . . . . . .10th                 list of Zook’s bowl appearances.
Sacks Per Game . . . . . . . . . . . .1.67 . . . . T-82nd. . . . . . . . . .3rd                 Bowl Game                                 result                     opponent . . . . . . . . . . . Zook’s Position
Tackles For Loss . . . . . . . . . . . .5.75 . . . . . . 62nd. . . . . . . . . .3rd             2008 Rose Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 17-49 . . . . . . . .    USC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . head coach, Illinois
Sacks Allowed Per Game. . . . . .1.92 . . . . . . 60th. . . . . . . . .10th                     2004 Outback Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . L, 17-37 . . . . . . . .      Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . head coach, Florida
                                                                                                2003 Outback Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . L, 30-38 . . . . . . . .      Michigan . . . . . . . . . . . . head coach, Florida
      MisCEllanEous ConFErEnCE ranKinGs                                                         1996 Fiesta Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 24-62 . . . . . . . .    Nebraska. . . . . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Florida
CaTEGory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sTaT       . . . . . . .PCT. . . . . . . . ranK         1995 Sugar Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 17-23 . . . . . . . .    Florida State . . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Florida
Third-Down Conversions . . . 66-163                . . . . . . 40.5. . . . . . . . . .8th       1994 Sugar Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . W, 41-7 . . . . . . . .     West Virginia. . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Florida
Opponent 3rd-Down Conv. . 64-171                   . . . . . . 37.4. . . . . . . . . .4th       1992 Gator Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . W, 27-10 . . . . . . .     North Carolina. . . . . . . . assistant coach, Florida
Fourth-Down Conversions . . . . 9-11               . . . . . . 81.8. . . . . . . . . 2nd        1992 Sugar Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 28-39 . . . . . . . .    Notre Dame . . . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Florida
Opponent 4th-Down Conv. . . . 6-15                 . . . . . . 40.0. . . . . . . . T-3rd        1990 Hall of Fame Bowl . . . . . . . L, 14-31 . . . . . . . .        Auburn . . . . . . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Florida
Penalty Yards Per Game . . . . . .55.2             . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8th   1990 Liberty Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 11-23 . . . . . . . .   Air Force . . . . . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Ohio State
Opponent Penalty Yds/Game. . .43.7                 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7th   1986 Liberty Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . W, 21-14 . . . . . . .     Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Tennessee
Red Zone Offense . . . . . . . . . 45-48           . . . . . . 93.8. . . . . . . . . . 1st      1986 Sugar Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . W, 35-7 . . . . . . . .     Miami (FL). . . . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Tennessee
Red Zone Defense . . . . . . . . . 37-41           . . . . . . 90.2. . . . . . . . . .8th
                                                                                                1984 Sun Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 27-28 . . . . . . . .   Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . assistant coach, Tennessee
                                                                                                1975 Tangerine Bowl . . . . . . . . . W, 20-7 . . . . . . . .        South Carolina . . . . . . . player, Miami (OH)
Kickoff Coverage . . . . . . . . . . . .41.0       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7th
                                                                                                1974 Tangerine Bowl . . . . . . . . . W, 21-10 . . . . . . .         Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . player, Miami (OH)
Time of Possession . . . . . . . . .32:14          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3rd
                                                                                                1973 Tangerine Bowl . . . . . . . . . W, 16-7 . . . . . . . .        Florida. . . . . . . . . . . . . . player, Miami (OH)
First Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6th
Opponent First Downs . . . . . . . . 209           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3rd
                                                                                                ThE BiG TEn’s rushinG TEaM
                  nCaa indiVidual ranKinGs
CaTEGory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PlayEr. . . . .sTaT           . . ranK       • During the ron Zook era (since 2005), Illinois leads the conference in rushing yards per game. The Illini’s
Rushing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mikel Leshoure. . . 126.08            . . . .8th       204.0 yards per game (14,691 yards in 72 games) in the last six seasons tops Wisconsin’s 198.2 ypg
Punting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anthony Santella. . . . 45.17           . . .11th        (15,262 yards in 77 games) during that same time span.
Field Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Dimke. . . . . 1.75          . . T-6th
                                                                                                • Illinois has topped 300 rushing yards four times this season (519 vs. Northwestern on Nov. 20; 319 vs.
Scoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Dimke. . . . . 8.58        . T-23rd
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mikel Leshoure. . . . . . 8.5   . T-25th
                                                                                                  NIU on Sept. 18; 318 at Fresno State on Dec. 3; 315 at Michigan on Nov. 6) and has seven games over 200
                                                                                                  rushing yards this season.
                BiG TEn indiVidual ranKinGs                                                     • The Illini led the conference in rushing yards per game in 2006 and 2007, and were second in 2009. This
CaTEGory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PlayEr. . . . .sTaT . . . ranK                  season, Illinois is averaging 242.3 ypg on the ground, which ranks 13th nationally and third in the Big Ten.
Rushing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M. Leshoure. . . 126.08 . . . . 2nd                 For some perspective, that average of 242.3 ypg would have led the league in all of those years except for
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. Scheelhaase. . . . 67.92 . . . .10th
                                                                                                  the Illini’s average of 256.8 in 2007, and it would have ranked second that year.
All-Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M. Leshoure. . . 140.67 . . . . 2nd
Total Offense. . . . . . . . . . . . . N. Scheelhaase. . . 199.83 . . . . .8th                  • The Fighting Illini averaged 200.4 yards per game on the ground in 2009, ranking 17th in the nation and
Passing Efficiency. . . . . . . . . N. Scheelhaase. . . 128.66 . . . . .9th                       marking the third time under head coach ron Zook that the Illini averaged over 200 yards rushing as a
Receptions Per Game . . . . . . . . . A.J. Jenkins. . . . . 4.17 . . . T-8th                      team. It also marked the third time in the last five years that Illinois finished the season ranked among
Scoring (TDs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M. Leshoure. . . . . . 8.5 . . . . 2nd                 the NCAA Top 20.
Scoring (kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D. Dimke. . . . . . 8.6 . . . . .3rd
Field Goals Per Game . . . . . . . . . . . D. Dimke. . . . . 1.75 . . . . . 1st
                                                                                                • Leshoure’s 6.8 yards per carry in 2009 led all BCS conference players with at least 100 attempts, and he
Punting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A. Santella. . . . 45.17 . . . . 2nd              and teammate Jason Ford (6.1 ypc) ranked 1-2 in the Big Ten in that category last season.
Tackles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M. Wilson. . . . . 8.75 . . . . .3rd
Tackles For Loss Per Game . . . . . . M. Wilson. . . . . 0.88 . . . . .9th
                                                                                                illini duo CliMBinG illinois and BiG TEn rushinG lisTs
Sacks Per Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M. Wilson. . . . . 0.33 . . . T-8th
Fumbles Forced. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M. Wilson. . . . . 0.25 . . .T-2nd                  • Junior running back Mikel leshoure went over the 2,000-yard career rushing mark vs. Northwestern on
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Staples/T. Henry. . . . . 0.17 . . T-10th             Nov. 20 to move up to 10th on the Illinois career rushing list. He enters this weekend’s contest with 2,373
Fumbles Rcvd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bussey. . . . . 0.25 . . . T-1st                 yards. He needs 113 yards to pass Howard Griffith for ninth on the UI all-time list and could jump all
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . C.Nurse/T. Wilson/I. Thomas. . . . . 0.17 . . . T-6th                  the way up to sixth on the list with 185 yards against Baylor. He ranks third on the Big Ten active career
Interceptions Per Game. . . . . . . . . . .T. Henry. . . . . 0.25 . . . T-6th                     rushing list behind Penn State senior Evan Royster and Wisconsin junior John Clay.
Kick Return Average . . . . . . . . . . . .T. Pollard. . . . 22.94 . . . . .9th
                                                                                                • Fellow junior Jason Ford recently passed 1,300 career rushing yards, becoming the 25th Illini player to
                                                                                                  reach the mark with 50 yards during the Dec. 3 game at Fresno State. Ford now has 1,308 yards for his
                                                                                                  career, a total that ranks 12th among active Big Ten players and 25th in Illinois history.

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                                                                    active Big Ten Career rushing leaders (as of 12/6/10)
            2010 illinois honors                                    1. Evan Royster, Sr., PSU       3,786
                                                                    2. John Clay, Jr., WIS          3,330
 oT Jeff allen
 • Second-team All-Big Ten (media)                                  3. Mikel leshoure, Jr., ill     2,373
 • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches)                          4. Dan Herron, Jr., OSU         2,038
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten Third Team                   5. Terrelle Pryor, Jr., OSU     1,971
 CB Travon Bellamy                                                  6. Denard Robinson, So., MICH 1,873
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten Third Team                   7. Adam Robinson, So., IOWA 1,748
                                                                    8. DeLeon Eskridge, Jr., MIN    1,670
 lB nate Bussey
 • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)                  9. Edwin Baker, So., MSU        1,524
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten Third Team                   10. Duane Bennett, Jr., MIN     1,487
                                                                    11. Brandon Saine, Sr, OSU      1,372
 PK derek dimke
 • Lou Groza Award Semifinalist
                                                                    12. Jason Ford, Jr., ill        1,308
 • Second-team All-Big Ten (coaches)
 • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media)
 • Lou Groza Award Star of the Week (Week 10)
                                                                    sChEElhaasE haVinG huGE FrEshMan sEason
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten Second Team                  • Redshirt-freshman quarterback nathan scheelhaase was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week six times
 • Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week (Wk 6)
 • Lou Groza Award Star of the Week (Week 6)                          this season, two times more than Wisconsin running back James White, who was named the Big Ten
                                                                      Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and media. Scheelhaase was also named an honorable mention
 Fs Trulon henry                                                      Freshman All-American by collegefootballnews.com and a fourth-team All-America choice by Phil Steele.
 • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten Third Team                   • Scheelhaase was outstanding in Illinois’ six wins this season, completing 72-of-107 passes (67.3 percent)
                                                                      for 808 yards, 10 TDs and 1 INT. He also rushed for 449 yards on 78 carries (5.8 ypc) and a TD in those
 rB Mikel leshoure
 • Second-Team All-American by Associated Press                       six games.
 • Third-Team All-American by Rivals.com and Phil Steele            • Scheelhaase has run for 815 yards this season, a total that broke Juice Williams’ Illinois record of 755
 • Honorable Mention All-American by SI.com
 • First-team All-Big Ten (coaches & media)                           season rushing yards by a quarterback. Scheelhaase already ranks second on the UI career QB rushing list,
 • National Player of the Week – 11/21 (Walter Camp, Rivals)          trailing only Williams’ career record of 2,557 yards.
 • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Week 13)
 • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Week 12)                   • Scheelhaase has topped the 100-yard mark four times this season and has turned in three of the top 10 QB
 • Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Week 10)                  rushing performances in school history. His career-best 131-yard performance against Fresno State ranks
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten First Team                     as the fifth-best QB rushing game in UI history and his 118 yards vs. Purdue and 115 yards vs. NIU rank
 • Doak Walker Award Preseason Candidate
                                                                      seventh and ninth, respectively.
 dT Corey liuget                                                    • Scheelhaase owns two of the top seven single-game quarterback ratings in school history. His 227.9 rating
 • Fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele
 • Second-team All-Big Ten (coaches & media)                          against Purdue on Oct. 30 is the sixth-best at Illinois, while his 221.31 passer rating for the SIU game on
 • Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Week 13)                     Sept. 11 is the seventh-highest single-game efficiency rating.
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten First Team
                                                                    • When Scheelhaase took the field for the first play against Missouri, he became just the third redshirt-
 C Graham Pocic                                                       freshman in Illinois history to start a season opener. Scott Weaver (1993) and Rich Weiss (1978) are the
 • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)                    only other two redshirt-freshmen to take the first snap of a season.
 P anthony santella
 • Ray Guy Award Semifinalist
 • First-team All-Big Ten (coaches)                                 illini Turn in hisToriC PErForManCE aT wriGlEy FiEld
 • Second-team All-Big Ten (media)
 • Rivals.com Midseason All-America First Team                      A few notes on the 48-27 win over Northwestern at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Nov. 20:
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-America Second Team                    A
                                                                    • fter the 48-27 win over Northwestern this year, Illinois is now 2-0 all-time at Wrigley Field. The Illini also
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten First Team
 • Campbell Award Semifinalist (Leadership)                           beat Northwestern 29-0 at the Friendly Confines in 1923.
 • First Team Academic All-District                                  Illinois also won the “Land of Lincoln” rivalry trophy for the first time with the win. Northwestern won the
                                                                    •
 qB nathan scheelhaase                                               trophy in last year’s inaugural battle after the two schools retired the “Sweet Sioux” Tomahawk in 2008.
 • Fourth-Team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele
                                                                      T
                                                                    • he Illini had 519 yards rushing vs. the Wildcats, their most since posting a school-record 562 rushing
 • HM Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com
 • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Week 13)                             yards against Illinois-Normal (Illinois State) on Sept. 16, 1944, and fourth-best total in the country this
 • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Week 10)                             season. Illinois had an incredible 224 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and
 • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Week 9)                      a school-record 303 rushing yards at halftime. The Illini also averaged 7.4 yards per carry and 24 of their
 • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Week 9)
 • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Week 8)                              26 first downs came on rushing plays.
 • Rivals.com Big Ten Player of the Week (Week 6)                     T
                                                                    • he Illini held the ball an amazing 41:16 compared to Northwestern’s 18:44 time of possession, including
 • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Week 6)
 • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Week 2)                              over 10 minutes of possession in the first, third and fourth quarters.

 dT akeem spence
                                                                      M
                                                                    •  ikel leshoure had a day for the ages, breaking the Illinois school and Wrigley Field records with a career-
 • First-Team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and Rivals.com     best 330 rushing yards. He ran for a whopping 153 yards in the first quarter on only 10 carries, an average
 • Second-Team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com       of 15.3 ypc, with two touchdowns.
 lB Martez wilson                                                   • The game was first football game at the home of the Chicago Cubs in 40 years and was the first college
 • First-team All-Big Ten (media)                                     game played there in 78 years.
 • Second-team All-Big Ten (coaches)
 • Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Big Ten First Team                     T
                                                                    • he game will go down as one of the most interesting games in college football, with all offensive plays
 • Butkus Award Preseason Candidate                                   heading toward the west end zone due to the east end zone wall being too close to the end line.
 ss Tavon wilson
 • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)




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                                                                                                                                               FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs
                                                                        inJury rEPorT
naTional ranKinGs
                                                                        • On the Mend: The injury bug hit the Illini hard heading into the 2010 season. Two probable starters are
Bowl Championship series (BCs) – Final                                    out for the season in OL Corey lewis, who tore his left ACL during spring ball, and safety supo sanni, who
Rk      Team                     Record         Avg         Pvs
1       Auburn                    13-0         .9866          1           ruptured his right Achilles in practice on Aug. 25. Junior FB/TE Zach Becker missed the last four games
2       Oregon                    12-0         .9720          2           after re-aggravating a foot injury that sidelined him for the first five games of the season. Becker is not
3       TCU                       12-0         .9102          3
4       Stanford                  11-1         .8365          4           expected to play in the bowl game. Junior LB ian Thomas left the Fresno State game with an ankle injury
5       Wisconsin                 11-1         .8041          5           but is expected to return for the bowl game.
6       ohio state                11-1         .7660          6
7       Oklahoma                  11-2         .7297          9         • They’re Back: FS steve hull (ankle), RB Jason Ford (ankle) and WR Jarred Fayson (hamstring) all returned
8       Arkansas                  10-2         .7274          7
9       Michigan state            11-1         .6922          8           to active status for the Michigan game after missing time. Hull missed four games after being injured
10      Boise State               11-1         .6137         11           against Ohio State, while both Ford and Fayson sat out the Purdue game. Senior WR Eddie McGee (missed
11      LSU                       10-2         .6134         10           NIU game with ankle injury) returned the next week against Ohio State. Sophomore DB Terry hawthorne
12      Missouri                  10-2         .5276         14
13      Virginia Tech             11-2         .5032         16           missed the Minnesota game after re-aggravating a foot injury that caused him to miss the first four games
14      Oklahoma State            10-2         .4897          9           this season, but returned to action against Northwestern.
15      Nevada                    12-1         .4336         19
16      Alabama                    9-3         .4328         11
17      Texas A&M                  9-3         .4151         17
18      Nebraska                  10-3         .3934         15         illini dEFEnsE has shuT down sEVEral hiGh PowErEd oFFEnsEs
19      Utah                      10-2         .2549         20
20      South Carolina             9-4         .2418         18         The Illini ‘D’ has held some of the top players and offenses in the nation in check this season:
21      Mississippi State          8-4         .1828         25
22      West Virginia              9-3         .1330         24         • The Illini held Heisman candidate Denard Robinson nearly 100 yards under his season rushing average.
23      Florida State              9-4         .1140         22           Robinson entered the game ranked second in the nation in rushing yards (160.9 ypg), but had just 62 yards
24      Hawaii                    10-3         .0778        NR
25      UCF                       10-3         .0545        NR            on 19 carries in the Nov. 6 meeting.
assoCiaTEd PrEss – week 15                                              • Illinois forced five turnovers, including four interceptions, and blocked two punts against Indiana on Oct.
Rk     Team                     Record          Pts          Pvs          23. The Hoosiers entered the game with the nation’s fifth-ranked passing offense, but were held 40 yards
1      Auburn (36)               13-0          1473            2
2      Oregon (23)               12-0          1462            1          below their average of 319 yards per game. The Illini also limited IU WR/KR Tandon Doss, who entered the
3      TCU (1)                   12-0          1379            3          game ranked first in the nation in all-purpose yards (202 ypg) to just 90 yards.
4      Wisconsin                 11-1          1289            4
5      Stanford                  11-1          1283            5        • The UI defense held No. 13 Michigan State 179 total yards below its season average and 132 yards below
6      ohio state                11-1          1179            6
7      Michigan state            11-1          1101            7          its rushing average. The Spartans were averaging 473 total yards per game and 225 yards on the ground
8      Arkansas                  10-2          1085            8          – which both ranked in the top 15 in the nation – but were held to season-low totals of 294 total yards
9      Oklahoma                  11-2           976           10
10     Boise State               11-1           932            9
                                                                          and 93 rushing yards by the Orange and Blue.
11     LSU                       10-2           863           11        • In Illinois’ 33-13 win at Penn State on Oct. 9, the defense held PSU to season lows of seven first downs,
12     Virginia Tech             11-2           817           12
13     Nevada                    12-1           759           14          235 total yards, 2-of-14 third-down conversions and 21:48 time of possession, and kept the Nittany Lions
14     Missouri                  10-2           705           15          to only 65 rushing yards. Penn State had been averaging 138.2 yards per game on the ground entering the
15     Alabama                    9-3           628           17
16     Oklahoma State            10-2           622           16          game. PSU’s seven first downs marked its fewest since 2004.
17     Nebraska                  10-3           608           13
18     Texas A&M                  9-3           601           19        • On Oct. 2, No. 2 Ohio State came to town ranked third in the nation in scoring (49.3 ppg) and eighth in
19     South Carolina             9-4           332           18          total offense (506.8 ypg), but managed just 24 points and 290 total yards against the stingy Illini defense.
20     Utah                      10-2           312           21
21     Mississippi State          8-4           288           22
                                                                          The Illini held the Buckeyes to just 77 yards passing in the game, marking the third-straight year they have
22     West Virginia              9-3           283           23          held OSU to under 100 yards passing (49 yards in 2008 and 82 yards in 2009).
23     Florida State              9-4           188           20
24     Hawaii                    10-3           111           25        • The UI defense held NIU running back Chad Spann to just 15 yards on 13 carries. Spann currently ranks
25     Connecticut                8-4            74          NR           20th in the nation, averaging 99.5 ypg, and racked up 223 yards on 15 carries against Minnesota on Sept.
others receiving votes: UCF 63, Maryland 30, Tulsa 18, Navy 11,
Miami (OH) 8, northern illinois 7, San Diego State 6, Pittsburgh 2,       25, one week after the Fighting Illini shut him down.
Fresno state 2, Iowa 1, North Carolina State 1, Air Force 1.

usa Today/CoaChEs – week 15
Rk       Team                     Record         Pts        Pvs         ThE FiGhTinG illini dEFEnsE
1        Oregon (34)               12-0         1450          1
2        Auburn (24)               13-0         1437          2         • The Illinois defense has made huge improvements this year under new defensive coordinator Vic Koenning.
3        TCU (1)                   12-0         1348          3           The Illini currently rank 29th in rushing defense, 38th in total defense, 53rd in points allowed and 54th in
4        Wisconsin                 11-1         1276          4           passing defense. At the end of last season, Illinois ranked 76th in rushing defense, 91st in total defense,
5        Stanford                  11-1         1239          5
6        ohio state                11-1         1200          6           96th in scoring defense and 100th in passing defense.
7        Michigan state            11-1         1104          7
8        Arkansas                  10-2         1008          8              a ClosEr looK aT illinois’ dEFEnsiVE iMProVEMEnT
8        Oklahoma                  11-2         1008          9
10       Boise State               11-1          914         10              Category                 2009 (Final nat’l rank) 2010 (Cur. nat’l rank)
11       Virginia Tech             11-2          900         11              Rushing Defense (ypg)          154.42 (76)             131.3 (29)
12       LSU                       10-2          826         12
13       Oklahoma State            10-2          718         15              Total Defense (ypg)             403.3 (91)             344.2 (38)
14       Missouri                  10-2          712         14              Points Allowed (ppg)             30.2 (96)              24.3 (53)
15       Nevada                    12-1          640         17              Passing Defense (ypg)         248.83 (100)             212.8 (54)
16       Nebraska                  10-3          607         13
17       Texas A&M                  9-3          542         18              Pass Efficiency Defense       142.77 (103)             126.0 (56)
18       Alabama                    9-3          521         19
19       Utah                      10-2          375         21         • Prior to the Michigan game, the Illini ranked 12th nationally in points allowed (16.8 ppg), 15th in total
20       South Carolina             9-4          345         16           defense (301.4 ypg), 19th in pass defense (183.9) and 26th in rushing yards allowed (117.5 ypg), all while
21       West Virginia              9-3          261         24
22       Mississippi State          8-4          255         22           facing the toughest schedule in the nation.
23       Florida State              9-4          156         20
24       UCF                       10-3          143         25         • Illinois’ defense has held its opposition under 100 yards rushing five times this season (98 vs. Missouri, 46
25       Hawaii                    10-3           98         NR           vs. SIU, 65 at PSU, 93 at MSU, 60 at Fresno State) and under 100 yards passing twice (77 vs. OSU and 52
others receiving votes: Connecticut 40, Maryland 19, northern
illinois 13, Miami (OH) 8, North Carolina State 5, San Diego State 3,
                                                                          vs. Purdue).
Navy 2, Tulsa 1, Arizona 1.                                             • When Illinois’ defense forced five turnovers against Indiana on Oct. 23 (four INTs and one fumble), it marked
* illinois’ 2010 opponents in bold.
                                                                          the first time in eight years that Illinois forced five turnovers in a game (five vs. Northwestern on Nov. 23,


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                                                                                                  2002). The Illini then repeated the feat two weeks later, forcing five turnovers at Michigan on Nov. 6 (three
 CarEEr sTarTs lisT                                                                               INTs and 2 fumbles).
 PlayEr . . . . . . . . . . . .’10       . .’09    . ’08. . . ’07      . .’06    . . . .ToT
 Allen, Jeff . . . . . . . . . . 12      . . 12    . . . 9. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .33
                                                                                                • Two of the Illini INTs vs. Indiana resulted directly in touchdowns. Patrick nixon-youman scored on a 68-yard
 Bellamy, Travon . . . . . 12            ...3      . . 11. . . . --    ...1      . . . . .27      interception return in the second quarter and Jonathan Brown scored on a 66-yard interception return in the
 Thomas, Ian . . . . . . . . 12          . . 12    . . . 0. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .24      fourth, marking the first time Illinois had two pick-sixes in a game since Bobby Jackson and Christian Morton
 Wilson, Tavon . . . . . . . 12          . . 11    . . . 1. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .24      both returned INTs for touchdowns at Purdue in 2001.
 Hunt, Randall . . . . . . . 11          . . 11    . . . 0. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .22    • Defensive tackle Corey liuget has been a beast all season, especially during the second half of the year.
 Palmer, Ryan. . . . . . . . 12          ...5      . . . 3. . . . 0    . . .--   . . . . .20      He had six tackles, 1.0 TFL and a half-sack vs. Minnesota, seven tackles at Michigan and five tackles, one
 Wilson, Martez. . . . . . . 12          ...1      . . . 7. . . . 0    . . .--   . . . . .20      sack and five QB hurries while helping the defense force five turnovers against Indiana. The week before at
 Bussey, Nate . . . . . . . . 12         ...6      . . . 1. . . . 0    . . .--   . . . . .19      Michigan State, Liuget registered a career-high 11 tackles, marking the most tackles in a game by an Illini
 Liuget, Corey . . . . . . . . 12        ...4      . . . 2. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .18      defensive lineman since DE Mike O’Brien had 12 stops vs. Missouri in 2002 and the most for a DT since Paul
 Nurse, Clay . . . . . . . . . 12        ...6      . . . 0. . . . 0    . . .--   . . . . .18
                                                                                                  Marshall had 11 at Minnesota in 1996.
 Leshoure, Mikel . . . . . . 12          ...3      . . . 1. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .16
 Thornton, Hugh . . . . . . . 7          ...7      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . .14    • Liuget dropped 30 pounds in the offseason to get down to 285 in hopes of being more mobile and harder to
 Ford, Jason . . . . . . . . . . 4       ...5      . . . 4. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .13      block. It seems to have paid off, as Liuget has 58 tackles and is second on the team with 10.0 TFLs and 3.5
 Green, Justin . . . . . . . . 12        ...0      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . .12      sacks to go along with a team-high 10 hurries and three PBUs this season.
 Henry, Trulon. . . . . . . . 12         . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . .12    • Liuget and fellow DT akeem spence have combined for 103 tackles so far, the most combined tackles by a
 Jenkins, A.J.. . . . . . . . . . 8      ...3      . . . 1. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .12
                                                                                                  pair of Illini defensive tackles since Paul Marshall and Tim McCloud racked up 104 tackles in 1995. Spence,
 Pocic, Graham. . . . . . . 12           ...0      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . .12
                                                                                                  a redshirt freshman, was named a first-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and Rivals.com.
 Scheelhaase, Nathan . 12                . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . .12
 Spence, Akeem . . . . . . 12            . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . .12    • Trulon henry recorded a pair of interceptions in the 24-13 loss to the Buckeyes. He intercepted a Terrelle
 Fayson, Jarred . . . . . . . . 5        ...5      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . .10      Pryor pass in the second quarter and picked off a Joe Bauserman pass in the third quarter to become the
 McGee, Eddie . . . . . . . . 8          ...2      . . . 1. . . . 0    . . .--   . . . . .11      first Illini defender in six years to tally two INTs in a game (Kelvin Hayden vs. Florida A&M in 2004). He then
 Sykes, Fred . . . . . . . . . . 0       ...5      . . . 5. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . .10      added his third pick of the season against Michigan’s Denard Robinson on Nov. 6. Henry is the older brother
 Wilson, Evan . . . . . . . . 10         . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . .10      of former Illini standout and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR arrelious Benn.
 Buchanan, Michael . . . . 7             ...0      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .7
                                                                                                • LB nate Bussey had a career day for the Orange and Blue against Penn State on Oct. 9, returning an
 Hawthorne, Terry . . . . . . 0          ...5      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .5
                                                                                                  interception 16 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and also tying his career high with eight tackles.
 Cornell, Jack . . . . . . . . . 5       ...0      . . . 0. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . . .5
 Prosch, Jay . . . . . . . . . . 5       . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .5
                                                                                                  Then, against Indiana on Oct. 23, Bussey blocked the first punt of his career leading to an Illini safety, and
 Ramsey, Jack . . . . . . . . 1          ...3      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .4     his tipped pass against Michigan on Nov. 6 led to an interception by Martez Wilson. Bussey is second on the
 James, Chris . . . . . . . . . 1        ...0      . . . 0. . . . --   ...3      . . . . . .4     team in tackles (6.3 tpg) and third in tackles for loss (7.5).
 Staples, Justin . . . . . . . 3         ...0      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .3   • Senior CB Travon Bellamy has saved his best season for last. Bellamy stepped up big when Terry Hawthorne
 Mercilus, Whitney . . . . . 2           . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .2     missed the first four games with an injury and hasn’t let up. His 5.5 tackles per game are third on the team
 Millines, Darius. . . . . . . 2         . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .2     and he already has eclipsed his previous season career-highs with 5.0 tackles for loss and six pass break-
 Pollard, Troy . . . . . . . . . 1       ...1      . . . 0. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . . .2     ups.
 Thomas, Miami . . . . . . . 0           . . .--   . . . 1. . . . 1    . . .--   . . . . . .2
 Williams, Ashante . . . . . 0           ...2      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .2
 Becker, Zach . . . . . . . . . 1        ...0      . . . 0. . . . --   . . .--   . . . . . .1   MorE noTEs on ThE oFFEnsE
 Harris, Spencer . . . . . . . 1         . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .1
                                                                                                • Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino’s offense has shown great versatility all season. Illinois has 22 scoring
 Lankford, Ryan . . . . . . . 1          . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .1
                                                                                                  drives of 10+ plays, including two 17-play drives, and 16 scoring drives of 5+ minutes. On the flip side,
 Lattimore, Justin . . . . . . 1         . . .--   . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .1
 Sands, Tyler . . . . . . . . .--        ...1      . . --. . . . --    . . .--   . . . . . .1
                                                                                                  the Illini have had 19 scoring drives of less than two minutes.
                                                                                                • When Illinois put up 43 points vs. Indiana and 44 vs. Purdue in back-to-back victories, it marked the first
 -- = Redshirted/did not play/not on squad; 0 = Played, didn’t start                              time the Illini tallied 40 or more points in consecutive wins since 1999, when they won at Iowa, 40-24, on
                                                                                                  Nov. 6, and then at Ohio State, 46-20, on Nov. 13.
                                                                                                • Illinois’ string of three straight 40-point performances against Indiana, Purdue and Michigan (65
                                                                                                  points) marked just the fourth time in school history that the Illini had scored 40 or more points in three
 2010 FirsT down ProduCTion                                                                       consecutive games and the first since 1983.
 Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . run. . . Pass . . . . .rec ...... Total
                                                                                                • Weak-side tackle Jeff allen anchors the Illini offensive line once again. The junior has started every game
 Scheelhaase . . . . . . . . . 46. . . . .79 . . . . . . . 1 ........ 126                         since the fourth game of his freshman season, giving him a team-high 33 consecutive starts. Allen was
 Leshoure . . . . . . . . . . . . 65. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 8 .......... 73                    key in limiting Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year, to just four
 Jenkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0. . . . . .0 . . . . . . 34 .......... 34                   tackles in the Oct. 30 meeting.
 Fayson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0. . . . . .1 . . . . . . 18 .......... 19
 Ford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 0 .......... 18
                                                                                                • Junior receiver a.J. Jenkins has been Illinois top receiving threat all season. He had six catches for a career-
 McGee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2. . . . . .5 . . . . . . . 3 .......... 10
                                                                                                  high 137 receiving yards against Minnesota on Nov. 13 and has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark three
                                                                                                  times in his career and twice this season. Jenkins leads the Illini with 50 catches for 694 yards and seven
 Pollard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 0 ............ 4
                                                                                                  touchdowns this season, a total that ranks eighth on the UI single-season TD receptions list.
 Sykes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 6 ............ 6
 E. Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 5 ............ 5               • Junior RB Jason Ford scored three touchdowns against Northwestern on Nov. 20, matching his career high,
 Golden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 1 ............ 3                 and has seven touchdowns this season. Ford has also done damage through the air this season, as he
 Lankford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 4 ............ 4                  tossed a four-yard TD pass to Evan wilson in the third quarter against Penn State. It marked the first time
 Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 2 ............ 2                an Illini non-quarterback threw a TD pass since Oct. 7, 2006, at Michigan State, when WR DaJuan Warren
 James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 2 ............ 2                 threw a 27-yard TD to Jody Ellis.
 Lattimore. . . . . . . . . . . . . 0. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 1 ............ 1                • Senior WR Jarred Fayson had a breakout game for the Illini against Ohio State, catching eight passes
 Osei. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1. . . . . .0 . . . . . . . 0 ............ 1               for 83 yards, setting career highs in both categories. Fayson also completed the first pass of his career,
 Totals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138. . . . .85 . . . . . . 85 ...... 243*                       throwing a 23-yarder to quarterback nathan scheelhaase in the first quarter, and downed a punt on the
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                                                                                  one yard line on special teams. Fayson also had a 17-yard touchdown reception against Indiana on Oct. 23,
ConTrollinG ThE Ball                                                              his first TD of the season. Fayson is second on the team with 34 catches for 324 yards on the season.
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9:14. . . . . MU . . . . . . . .17-64 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 21 FG
8:04. . . . . .FS . . . . . . . .17-92 . . . . . . .Jenkins 18 TD rec           ThE sPECial TEaMs
7:07. . . . . NU . . . . . . . .13-73 . . . . . . . . . . Ford 1 TD run         • Lou Groza Award semifinalist derek dimke has been outstanding this season, connecting on 21-of-26 field
6:45. . . . . NU . . . . . . . .14-61 . . . . . . .Jenkins 10 TD rec              goals, including two from over 50 yards, and 40-of-40 extra points this season. He had made 10 straight
6:37. . . . . SIU . . . . . . . .15-79 . . . . . . . . . . Ford 1 TD run          field goals, the third-longest streak in school history, until missing a 51-yarder against Indiana on Oct.
6:20. . . . PUR . . . . . . . .11-58 . . . . . . Leshoure 1 TD run                23. For his career, Dimke has connected on 26-of-31 field goals and is a perfect 52-of-52 on extra points
6:10. . . . MSU . . . . . . . .11-36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . punt       since taking over placekicking duties late last season.
5:52. . . . PSU . . . . . . . . .9-32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . punt
                                                                                • Dimke was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after going 4-for-4 on field goals against Penn
5:50. . . MICH . . . . . . . .12-40 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 44 FG
                                                                                  State Oct. 9, hitting from 50, 31, 41 and 38 yards. His 52-yard field goal against Missouri in the season-
5:42. . . . MSU . . . . . . . .13-66 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 21 FG
                                                                                  opener tied the sixth-longest field goal in school history and was the longest by an Illini since 2005. Dimke
5:22. . . MINN . . . . . . . .12-80 . . . . . Leshoure 14 TD run
                                                                                  is currently tied for sixth in the nation with an average of 1.75 made field goals per game.
5:22. . . . PSU . . . . . . . .11-80 . . . . . . .Jenkins 18 TD rec
5:16. . . . . .FS . . . . . . . .10-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . punt   • Dimke also has excelled on kickoffs. He has booted 21 touchbacks and has a 61.9 yard average in 72
5:15. . . . PSU . . . . . . . .11-56 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 41 FG              kickoffs this season, blowing away last year’s season total of 12 touchbacks. This marks Dimke’s third year
5:14. . . . PSU . . . . . . . . .9-53 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 37 FG             as the Illini kickoff specialist, as he took over duties midway through his freshman season.
5:08. . . . PUR . . . . . . . .10-80 . . . . . . .Jenkins 17 TD rec             • Ray Guy Award semifinalist anthony santella is having a stellar final season. He had a career-best 50.8
driVEs oVEr 10 Plays (22)
                                                                                  average on five punts against SIU, equaling the fifth-best single-game punting average in school history,
                                                                                  then booted six punts against NIU for a 48.7 average, including a career-long 67-yarder, and has not let
17 . . . . . . .FS . . . . . . 92-8:04 . . . . . . .Jenkins 18 TD rec
                                                                                  up since. Santella currently ranks 11th in the nation with a 45.2 average on 59 punts.
17 . . . . . . MU . . . . . . 64-9:14 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 21 FG
15 . . . . . . SIU . . . . . . 79-6:37 . . . . . . . . . . Ford 1 TD run        • Santella has vastly improved in each of his four seasons. He’s gone from averaging 37.7 yards per punt
14 . . . . . . NU . . . . . . 61-6:45 . . . . . . .Jenkins 10 TD rec              in 2007 to 39.4 in 2008, 41.3 in 2009 and now 45.2 so far this season. He currently ranks fourth in the
13 . . . . . . NU . . . . . . 73-7:07 . . . . . . . . . . Ford 1 TD run           Illinois record books in career punting average (40.8), second in career yardage (9,763) and second in
13 . . . . . MSU . . . . . . 66-5:42 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 21 FG              career punts (239).
12 . . . . . . NU . . . . . . 69-2:53 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 39 FG                sanTElla yEar-By-yEar
12 . . . . MINN . . . . . . 80-5:22 . . . . . Leshoure 14 TD run                     year      no    yds avg (nat’l rK)            TB    FC i20 50+ long net (nat’l rK)
12 . . . . MICH . . . . . . 40-5:50 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 44 FG                  2007      64   2,410 37.7 (100)                5    13 17 5 59       33.08 (92)
12 . . . . . . NIU . . . . . . 67-4:30 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 25 FG               2008      53   2,088  39.4 (75)                5     8 13 7 56 31.64 (113)
11 . . . . . PUR . . . . . . 58-6:20 . . . . . . Leshoure 1 TD run                   2009      63   2,600  41.3 (50)                5    19 16 11 65      35.89 (58)
11 . . . . . MSU . . . . . . 36-6:10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . punt          2010      59   2,665  45.2 (11)               10     8 15 18 67       37.9 (34)
11 . . . . . MSU . . . . . . 47-2:29 . . . . . . . . . . .end of game                TOTAL     239 9,763      40.8                 25    48 61 41 67          34.6
11 . . . . . PSU . . . . . . 80-5:22 . . . . . . .Jenkins 18 TD rec             • Illinois blocked two punts against Indiana on Oct. 23. Both came in the third quarter on back-to-back
11 . . . . . PSU . . . . . . 56-5:15 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 41 FG              possessions, first by Martez wilson and then by nate Bussey. Bussey’s occurred in the end zone, resulting
10 . . . . . . .FS . . . . . . 15-5:16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . punt     in a safety. That marked the first safety by the Illini since Oct. 16, 2004, vs. Michigan and the first time
10 . . . . . PUR . . . . . . 80-5:08 . . . . . . .Jenkins 17 TD rec               Illinois blocked two punts in a game since Sept. 11, 1976, vs. Iowa.
10 . . . . . . IND . . . . . . 70-4:45 . . . . . . Leshoure 7 TD run
                                                                                • Junior Troy Pollard had a big day returning kicks against Indiana. Pollard took back three kickoffs for 92
10 . . . . . MSU . . . . . . 64-4:46 . . . . . . . . . . . interception
                                                                                  yards (30.7 ypr) against the Hoosiers, including an Illinois season-long 44-yarder in the second quarter.
10 . . . . . PSU . . . . . . 62-2:43 . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 31 FG
                                                                                  Pollard is averaging 22.9 yards on 16 returns this season to rank ninth in the conference.
10 . . . . . . NIU . . . . . . 63-4:17 . . . . . Leshoure 29 TD run
10 . . . . . . SIU . . . . . . 90-4:42 . . . . . Lattimore 33 TD rec
                                                                                ClassrooM sTandouTs
quiCK hiTs
sCorinG driVEs undEr 2 MinuTEs (19)                                             • Illinois senior punter anthony santella was on the list of semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy -
1:54. . . .NIU . . .5-68 . . . . . . . . . . Scheelhaase 9 TD run
                                                                                  formerly named the Draddy Trophy - which is given annually to a senior or graduate student in his final year
1:50. . MICH . . .6-60 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lankford 33 TD rec
                                                                                  of eligibility who has outstanding football ability and has demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
1:48. . . .IND . . . .4-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 28 FG
                                                                                  It the fourth-straight year that an Illini player has been named a semifinalist, as former Illini J Leman
                                                                                  (2007), Ryan McDonald (2008) and Jon Asamoah (2009) all were named to the National Scholar-Athlete
1:45. . . . FS . . .4-60 . . . . . . . . . . . . Leshoure 35 TD run
                                                                                  Class. Santella graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in May 2010 with a 3.54 GPA on
1:39. . MINN . . .4-36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harris 17 TD rec
                                                                                  a 4.0 scale and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in the same field.
1:37. . . PUR . . .4-26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leshoure 1 TD run
1:27. . . .IND . . .3-23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fayson 17 TD rec           • Seven Fighting Illini were named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team this fall. To be eligible for Academic All-
1:25. . . PUR . . .3-32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millines 10 TD rec              Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at
1:18. . . . NU . . .3-73 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ford 5 TD run           their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. The Illini honored were
1:17. . . . NU . . .3-66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leshoure 4 TD run              Jeff allen (Sport Management), derek dimke (Finance), Justin Green (General Curriculum), aaron Gress
0:48. . . . FS . . .3-78 . . . . . . . . . Scheelhaase 21 TD run                  (Natural Resources And Environmental Sciences), a.J. Jenkins (Communication), anthony santella (Sport
0:45. . . . MU . . .6-34 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 52 FG            Management) and nathan scheelhaase (Communication).
0:41. . MICH . . .1-54 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ford 62 TD run
0:41. . . PUR . . .5-40 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 18 FG
0:39. . . .SIU . . .2-36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leshoure 1 TD run
0:37. . . .SIU . . .2-64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jenkins 54 TD rec
0:34. . MICH . . .5-39 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 43 FG
0:33. . . MSU . .2-(-1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dimke 33 FG
0:08. . MINN . . .1-55 . . . . . . . . . . . . Leshoure 55 TD run


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                                                                                                        a looK BaCK aT ThE hisToriC GaME aT MiChiGan
           2010 illinois CoaChinG sTaFF                                                                 Even though Illinois didn’t come out on top, the 67-65 triple-overtime loss at Michigan on Nov. 6 was an
 on Field during Game                                                                                   instant classic. Here are some of the mind-boggling numbers and records from the epic matchup:
 Ron Zook ...........................................................Head Coach                         • The 132 combined points are a Big Ten record for most combined points in a conference game (previous:
 Joe Gilbert ................. Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line                                        115, Minnesota [59] vs. Purdue [56], 10/9/93). The teams also established Michigan records for combined
 Vic Koenning ..........Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
                                                                                                          points in a half (62) and combined points in a quarter (49).
 Jeff Brohm...................................................... Quarterbacks
 Dan Disch .............................................. Inside Linebackers                            • The 132 combined points surpassed the combined point totals of the last three men’s basketball games
 Keith Gilmore ................................................Defensive Line                             between Illinois and Michigan (96 on 2/23/10, 110 on 3/13/09 and 117 on 1/14/09).
 DeAndre Smith .............................................Running Backs
 Jon Carvin ............................. Offensive Graduate Assistant                                  • The two teams combined for 1,237 yards of total offense (676 for Michigan and 561 for Illinois), the most
                                                                                                          ever in a Big Ten game and the most in both Illinois and Michigan history.
 in Coaches’ Booth                                                                                      • Illinois’ 65 points were the most any team has ever scored against Michigan. The previous high was 58
 Paul Petrino ............. Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers                                          points by Cornell in 1891, while the previous high by a Big Ten Team was 55 by Northwestern in 1958.
 Ron West ..............................................Outside Linebackers
                                                                                                          It also marked the ninth-most points Illinois has ever scored in a game and the most since 1944 (79 vs.
 Chip Long ........................................... Tight Ends/Fullbacks
 Bam Hardmon .......................Defensive Graduate Assistant                                          Illinois-Normal).
                                                                                                        • The 65-point outburst against Michigan was the most points an Illinois team put up against a Big Ten
                                                                                                          opponent since 1902, when the Illini hung 80 points on Iowa.
                         TurnoVErs ForCEd                                                               • Illini running back Mikel leshoure scored five touchdowns in the game (three rushing, two receiving) to
 TEaM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ToTal . . . . . inT . . . . . . . . . . . . . FuMBlE             tie for the second most in a game in school history behind only Howard Griffith’s NCAA record 8 TDs vs.
 ILLINOIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25. . . . . . . .11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14     Southern Illinois in 1990 and tied with Red Grange’s five TDs vs. Michigan in 1924. All five of Leshoure’s
 OPPONENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19. . . . . . . .12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7        scores came in the fourth quarter and overtime.
 Missouri                                                                                               • The game was the longest in Illinois history, as no other Illini game lasted more than one overtime.
 1Q . . . . Martez Wilson forced fumble (Tavon Wilson recovered)
                                                                                                        • The crowd of 111,441 is the largest crowd that the Illini have ever played in front of, surpassing the 110,231
 souThErn illinois                                                                                        at Michigan in 2003.
 3Q . . . . Whitney Mercilus forced fumble (Ian Thomas recovered)
 4Q . . . . Justin Staples forced fumble (W. Onyegbule recovered)
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                                                                                                        • With the rash of injuries during training camp, the Illini made several position changes heading into
 4Q . . . . Trulon Henry forced fumble (Tavon Wilson recovered)
                                                                                                          the season. Sophomore Justin Green moved from running back to cornerback, redshirt-freshman steve
 ohio sTaTE                                                                                               hull switched from wide receiver to safety and sophomore Jack ramsey has gone from wide receiver
 2Q . . . . Trulon Henry interception (15 yard return)                                                    to cornerback, to receiver and now back to corner. All three have made big contributions at their new
 3Q . . . . Trulon Henry interception (9 yard return)                                                     positions. Green has started all 12 games and has registered 50 tackles, four pass break-ups, one fumble
                                                                                                          recovery and one forced fumble. Hull has 15 tackles, including a sack, and Ramsey had two tackles at CB,
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 2Q . . . . Nate Bussey interception (16 yard return for TD)                                              has one reception and also sees time returning punts.
                                                                                                        • Junior Tavon wilson also made a move during training camp, going from cornerback to strong safety. He
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                                                                                                          has responded with 41 tackles, one interception, 2.0 TFLs, a team-high seven pass break-ups and two
 2Q . . . . Nate Bussey recovery of muffed punt
                                                                                                          fumble recoveries this season.
 indiana                                                                                                • In addition, sophomore Eddie Viliunas, a former walk-on quarterback, was moved to tight end during 2010
 1Q . . . . Tavon Wilson interception (5 yard return)
                                                                                                          spring ball. Viliunas has played extensively in two-tight end sets this season.
 2Q . . . . Justin Staples forced fumble (Ian Thomas recovered)
 2Q . . . . Patrick Nixon-Youman interception (68 yard return for TD)
 4Q . . . . Terry Hawthorne interception (no return)
 4Q . . . . Jonathan Brown interception (66 yard return for TD)                                         MisCEllanEous TEaM noTEs
                                                                                                        • Illinois’ 34-point margin of victory over Purdue on Oct. 30, combined with the 30-point win over Indiana on
 PurduE
                                                                                                          Oct. 23, marked the first time an Illini team registered consecutive 30-point wins since 1944 and the first
 1Q . . . . Nate Bussey fumble recovery on muffed kickoff (no return)
 3Q . . . . Justin Green forced fumble (Martez Wilson recovered)                                          time they won consecutive Big Ten games by 30 or more points since 1914.
                                                                                                        • With the win over Purdue Oct. 30, Illinois coach ron Zook has now defeated each Big Ten team at least
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                                                                                                          once.
 1Q . . . . Martez Wilson interception (1 yard return)
 1Q . . . . Trulon Henry interception (no return)                                                       • Illinois’ win at Penn State on Oct. 9 made Zook just the sixth coach ever to defeat both Penn State’s Joe
 1Q . . . . Dustin Jefferson forced fumble (Justin Green recovered)                                       Paterno and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden on the road. Zook defeated Bowden’s Seminoles in 2004 while
 4Q . . . . Clay Nurse fumble recovery
                                                                                                          coaching at Florida. He joins Larry Coker (Miami), Foge Fazio (Pitt), Dennis Erickson (Miami), Tom O’Brien
 4Q . . . . Patrick Nixon-Youman interception (4 yard return)
                                                                                                          (Boston College) and Howard Schnellenberger (Miami) as the only coaches to defeat the two winningest
 MinnEsoTa                                                                                                coaches in college football history on the road. (source Stats, Inc.)
 3Q . . . . Nate Bussey fumble recovery
                                                                                                        • The win at Penn State also made Zook the fourth coach to ever post road victories at Ohio State, at
 norThwEsTErn                                                                                             Michigan and at Penn State in a career. Zook joins former Big Ten coaches Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin),
 1Q . . . . Martez Wilson forced fumble (Clay Nurse recovered)                                            Hayden Fry (Iowa) and Glen Mason (Minnesota) on the exclusive list.
 1Q . . . . Clay Nurse forced fumble (Michael Buchanan recovered)
                                                                                                        • Illinois picked up its first win at Penn State with the 33-13 victory on Oct. 9 after entering the game 0-6
 1Q . . . . Ian Thomas interception (15 yard return)
                                                                                                          all-time in Happy Valley. The Illini also handed the Nittany Lions their biggest Homecoming defeat since
 FrEsno sTaTE                                                                                             they fell by 20 to Navy in 1955.
 2Q . . . . Trulon Henry forced fumble (Henry recovered)
                                                                                                        • Nineteen Illini, including eight true-freshmen, have made their Fighting Illini debuts this season. True-
                                                                                                          freshmen LB Jonathan Brown, bandit Brandon denmark, WR spencer harris, WR ryan lankford, WR
                                                                                                          darius Millines, QB Miles osei, FB Jay Prosch and TE Evan wilson all have seen action this season. In


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                                                                  addition, two transfers: FS Trulon henry and FB Chris willett; seven redshirt-freshmen: RB Bud Golden,
PlayErs oF ThE GaME                                               FS steve hull, DE Tim Kynard, TE Justin lattimore, FS Ben Mathis, QB nathan scheelhaase and DT akeem
Following each Illini victory, the coaching staff names           spence; and two sophomores: LS Zak Pedersen and TE Eddie Viliunas all have seen the field for the first
a player of the game for each of the three phases.                time in their UI careers this season.
                                                                • Attendance at the Oct. 2 game against Ohio State was 62,870, marking the first sellout crowd at Memorial
GaME. . . . . . . . . . . . . .oFFEnsE
                                                                  Stadium this season, the 73rd in school history and the 10th since 2007.
Southern Illinois . . . . .Nathan Scheelhaase, QB
Northern Illinois . . . . .Mikel Leshoure, RB                   • After this year’s 35-3 home-opening win over Southern Illinois on Sept. 11, Illinois has won 13 straight home
Penn State . . . . . . . . .Mikel Leshoure, RB                    openers and improved to 83-33-5 all-time in the first home game of the season.
Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . .Graham Pocic, C                  • Illinois is 13-0 all-time against the other public universities in the state. The Illini are 4-0 against Northern
Purdue. . . . . . . . . . . . .Nathan Scheelhaase, QB             Illinois, 3-0 against Southern Illinois and Illinois State, 2-0 against Eastern Illinois and 1-0 against
Northwestern. . . . . . . .Mikel Leshoure, RB                     Western Illinois. The combined score of those meetings is 511-190 in favor of the Illini and all but one
                                                                  of those 13 meetings have come since 1985 (Illinois played ISU in 1944). This year marked the first time
GaME. . . . . . . . . . . . . .dEFEnsE                            Illinois played more than one in-state public university in the same season.
Southern Illinois . . . . .Ian Thomas, LB
Northern Illinois . . . . .Martez Wilson, LB
Penn State . . . . . . . . .Nate Bussey, LB                     nEw naME, nEw hoME, nEw TiME For ZooK TV show
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Liuget, LB Martez Wilson

PEnn sTaTE – OL Randall Hunt, RB Mikel Leshoure, DL Corey
Liuget, LB Martez Wilson

MiChiGan sTaTE – OL Jeff Allen, RB Mikel Leshoure, DL Corey
Liuget, LB Martez Wilson

indiana – OL Jeff Allen, DL Corey Liuget, WR Eddie McGee,
LB Martez Wilson

PurduE – OL Jeff Allen, DL Corey Liuget, WR Eddie McGee,
LB Martez Wilson

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LB Martez Wilson

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WR Eddie McGee

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Liuget, WR Eddie McGee, LB Martez Wilson

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Liuget, WR Eddie McGee, LB Martez Wilson


                                                                                                                                                     2010 TExas Bowl GuidE // 17
FiGhTinG illini GaME noTEs

 2010 illinois BiG Plays                                                                      sCorinG driVEs
 Player . . . . . . . . . . . .run . . . Pass. . . . rec. . . . def. . . . . sT               Missouri
 Scheelhaase . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . 21. . . . . . 1. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0          1st . . . . . . . 4:48. . . . . . . . .Dimke 21 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 plays, 64 yards, 9:14
 Leshoure . . . . . . . . . . . 16 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 5. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0       2nd. . . . . . . 2:10. . . . . . . . .Jenkins 13 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 plays, 82 yards, 4:46
 Jenkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 8. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0     2nd. . . . . . . 0:00. . . . . . . . .Dimke 52 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 plays, 34 yards, 0:45
 Fayson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 1. . . . . . 4. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0     souThErn illinois
 E. Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 2. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0     1st . . . . . . . 9:38. . . . . . . . .Jenkins 54 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 plays, 64 yards, 0:37
 J. Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 1. . . . . . 0      1st . . . . . . . 2:50. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 1 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 plays, 36 yards, 0:39
 Lattimore. . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 1. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0      2nd. . . . . . . 2:48. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 8 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 plays, 67 yards, 2:10
 McGee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 2. . . . . . 1. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0     3rd . . . . . . . 7:08. . . . . . . . .Lattimore 33 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 plays, 90 yards, 4:42
 Ford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0   4th . . . . . . . 8:26. . . . . . . . .Ford 1 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 plays, 79 yards, 6:39
 Millines . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 1
                                                                                              norThErn illinois
 Nixon-Youman. . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 1. . . . . . 0
                                                                                              1st . . . . . . . 11:11. . . . . . . .Scheelhaase 9 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 plays, 68 yards, 1:54
 Pollard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 1    2nd. . . . . . . 14:25. . . . . . . .Dimke 25 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 plays, 67 yards, 4:30
 Ramsey . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 1      2nd. . . . . . . 1:58. . . . . . . . .Ford 8 yard run (Scheelhaase run for 2 pt. conversion) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 plays, 66 yards, 4:51
 Lankford . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 1. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0      4th . . . . . . . 7:07. . . . . . . . .Dimke 32 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 plays, 58 yards, 3:19
 Sykes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . 0. . . . . . 1. . . . . . 0. . . . . . 0    4th . . . . . . . 1:43. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 29 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 plays, 63 yards, 4:17
 Totals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 . . . . . 23. . . . . 23. . . . . . 2. . . . . . 3
 Total number of Big Plays: 47                                                                ohio sTaTE
                                                                                              1st . . . . . . . 8:29. . . . . . . . .Scheelhaase 3 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 plays, 55 yards, 4:27
 Missouri                                                                                     2nd. . . . . . . 1:50. . . . . . . . .Dimke 27 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 plays, 14 yards, 2:50
 2Q       42. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         4th . . . . . . . 4:36. . . . . . . . .Dimke 30 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 plays, 67 yards, 3:51
 2Q       20. . . . . . .Scheelhaase run
 4Q       26. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         PEnn sTaTE
 4Q       24. . . . . . .McGee reception (from Scheelhaase)                                   2nd. . . . . . .    14:17. . . . . . . .Jenkins 18 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 plays, 80 yards, 5:22
 souThErn illinois                                                                            2nd. . . . . . .    9:39. . . . . . . . .Bussey 16 yard interception return (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –
 1Q       54. . . . . . .Jenkins TD reception (from Scheelhaase)                              2nd. . . . . . .    5:19. . . . . . . . .Dimke 50 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 plays, 46 yards, 4:09
 1Q       34. . . . . . .E. Wilson reception (from Scheelhaase)                               2nd. . . . . . .    0:00. . . . . . . . .Dimke 31 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 plays, 62 yards, 2:43
 2Q       25. . . . . . .Jenkins reception (from Scheelhaase)                                 3rd . . . . . . .   8:30 . . . . . . . .E. Wilson 4 yard pass from Ford (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 plays, 68 yards, 4:18
 2Q       35. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         3rd . . . . . . .   1:07. . . . . . . . .Dimke 41 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 plays, 56 yards, 5:15
 3Q       33. . . . . . .Lattimore TD reception (from Scheelhaase)                            4th . . . . . . .   8:55. . . . . . . . .Dimke 37 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 plays, 53 yards, 5:14
 norThErn illinois
 1Q       28. . . . . . .Scheelhaase run
                                                                                              MiChiGan sTaTE
 4Q       24 . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                          1st . . . . . . . 6:42. . . . . . . . .Dimke 21 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 plays, 66 yards, 5:42
 4Q       29. . . . . . .Leshoure TD run                                                      2nd. . . . . . . 0:04. . . . . . . . .Dimke 33 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 plays, -1 yard, 0:33
 ohio sTaTE                                                                                   indiana
 1Q       23. . . . . . .Scheelhaase reception (from Fayson)                                  1st . . . . . . .   12:52. . . . . . . .Dimke 28 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 plays, 5 yards, 1:48
 4Q       26. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         1st . . . . . . .   1:45. . . . . . . . .E. Wilson 29 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 plays, 90 yards, 2:18
 4Q       29. . . . . . .Fayson reception (from Scheelhaase)                                  2nd. . . . . . .    9:47. . . . . . . . .Fayson 17 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 plays, 23 yards, 1:27
 PEnn sTaTE                                                                                   2nd. . . . . . .    7:07. . . . . . . . .Nixon-Youman 68 yard interception return (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –
 1Q       28. . . . . . .Scheelhaase run                                                      2nd. . . . . . .    0:04. . . . . . . . .Dimke 29 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 plays, 36 yards, 2:37
 4Q       32. . . . . . .Leshoure reception (from Scheelhaase)                                3rd . . . . . . .   11:08. . . . . . . .Team safety – blocked punt covered in end zone by Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –
 4Q       20. . . . . . .Pollard run                                                          4th . . . . . . .   3:54. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 7 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 plays, 70 yards, 4:45
 MiChiGan sTaTE                                                                               4th . . . . . . .   0:44. . . . . . . . .J. Brown 66 yard interception return (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –
 3Q       39. . . . . . .Jenkins reception (from Scheelhaase)
                                                                                              PurduE
 indiana                                                                                      1st . . . . . . .   6:40. . . . . . . . .Jenkins 17 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 plays, 80 yards, 5:08
 1Q       39. . . . . . .Leshoure run
                                                                                              1st . . . . . . .   0:20. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 1 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 plays, 58 yards, 6:20
 1Q       25. . . . . . .Scheelhaase run
                                                                                              2nd. . . . . . .    0:00. . . . . . . . .Dimke 18 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 plays, 40 yards, 0:41
 1Q       29. . . . . . .E. Wilson TD reception (from Scheelhaase)
 2Q       68. . . . . . .Nixon-Youman INT return for TD                                       3rd . . . . . . .   8:43. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 20 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 plays, 68 yards, 4:42
 2Q       44. . . . . . .Pollard kick return                                                  3rd . . . . . . .   7:00. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 1 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 plays, 26 yards, 1:37
 4Q       66. . . . . . .J. Brown INT return for TD                                           3rd . . . . . . .   5:14. . . . . . . . .Millines 10 yard pass from Scheelhaase (fumbled snap/rush failed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 plays, 32 yards, 1:25
                                                                                              4th . . . . . . .   1:36. . . . . . . . .James 15 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 plays, 57 yards, 4:08
 PurduE
 1Q       26. . . . . . .Leshoure reception (from Scheelhaase)                                MiChiGan
 3Q       20. . . . . . .Leshoure TD reception (from Scheelhaase)                             1st . . . . . . .   8:56. . . . . . . . .Dimke 44 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 plays, 40 yards, 5:50
 4Q       43. . . . . . .Millines kick return                                                 1st . . . . . . .   2:57. . . . . . . . .Dimke 43 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 plays, 7 yards, 2:11
 MiChiGan                                                                                     2nd. . . . . . .    14:57. . . . . . . .Scheelhaase 2 yard run (Lankford pass from Scheelhaase 2 pt. conversion) . . . . . . . . . .7 plays, 32 yards, 2:53
 1Q       34. . . . . . .Jenkins reception (from McGee)                                       2nd. . . . . . .    11:55. . . . . . . .Ford 62 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 play, 54 yards, 0:41
 2Q       62. . . . . . .Ford TD run                                                          2nd. . . . . . .    1:11. . . . . . . . .Lankford 33 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 plays, 60 yards, 1:50
 2Q       33. . . . . . .Lankford TD reception (from Scheelhaase)                             2nd. . . . . . .    0:03. . . . . . . . .Dimke 43 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 plays, 39 yards, 0:34
 2Q       25. . . . . . .Fayson reception (from Scheelhaase)                                  4th . . . . . . .   14:55. . . . . . . .Leshoure 27 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 plays, 78 yards, 3:10
 3Q       21. . . . . . .Ramsey punt return                                                   4th . . . . . . .   11:35. . . . . . . .Leshoure 1 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 plays, 28 yards, 3:10
 3Q       20. . . . . . .Leshoure run
                                                                                              1st OT. . . . .     – . . . . . . . . . . .Leshoure 1 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 plays, 25 yards, –
 3Q       21. . . . . . .Fayson reception (from Scheelhaase)
                                                                                              2nd OT . . . .      – . . . . . . . . . . .Leshoure 25 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 play, 25 yards, –
 4Q       27. . . . . . .Leshoure TD reception (from Scheelhaase)
 4Q       23. . . . . . .Fayson reception (from Scheelhaase)                                  3rd OT . . . .      – . . . . . . . . . . .Leshoure 3 yard run (2 pt. conversion failed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 plays, 25 yards, –
 OT2      25. . . . . . .Leshoure TD reception (from Scheelhaase)                             MinnEsoTa
 MinnEsoTa                                                                                    1st . . . . . . .   8:12. . . . . . . . .Jenkins 28 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 plays, 81 yards, 4:03
 1Q       28. . . . . . .Jenkins TD reception (from Scheelhaase)                              3rd . . . . . . .   9:40. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 14 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 plays, 80 yards, 5:22
 2Q       38. . . . . . .Jenkins reception (from Scheelhaase)                                 3rd . . . . . . .   7:59. . . . . . . . .Harris 17 yard pass from Scheelhaase (fumbled snap/pass failed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 plays, 36 yards, 1:39
 4Q       27. . . . . . .Sykes reception (from Scheelhaase)                                   4th . . . . . . .   10:44. . . . . . . .Ford 4 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 plays, 65 yards, 2:59
 4Q       37. . . . . . .Jenkins reception (from McGee)                                       4th . . . . . . .   8:14 . . . . . . . . .Leshoure 55 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 play, 55 yards, 0:08
 4Q       55. . . . . . .Leshoure TD run
 norThwEsTErn                                                                                 norThwEsTErn
 1Q       32. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         1st . . . . . . . 13:43. . . . . . . .Leshoure 4 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 plays, 66 yards, 1:17
 1Q       30. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         1st . . . . . . . 10:06. . . . . . . .Leshoure 1 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 plays, 30 yards, 2:44
 1Q       21. . . . . . .Scheelhaase run                                                      1st . . . . . . . 4:52. . . . . . . . .Ford 5 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 plays, 73 yards, 1:18
 1Q       70. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         2nd. . . . . . . 11:55. . . . . . . .Dimke 45 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 plays, 25 yards, 4:05
 2Q       39. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         2nd. . . . . . . 0:00. . . . . . . . .Dimke 39 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 plays, 69 yards, 2:53
 4Q       62. . . . . . .Leshoure run                                                         3rd . . . . . . . 6:50. . . . . . . . .Jenkins 10 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 plays, 61 yards, 6:45
 FrEsno sTaTE                                                                                 4th . . . . . . . 9:49. . . . . . . . .Ford 2 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 plays, 80 yards, 3:40
 1Q       46. . . . . . .Scheelhaase run                                                      4th . . . . . . . 0:36. . . . . . . . .Ford 1 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 plays, 73 yards, 7:07
 2Q       23. . . . . . .Jenkins reception (from Scheelhaase)
                                                                                              FrEsno sTaTE
 2Q       35. . . . . . .Leshoure TD run
                                                                                              2nd. . . . . . . 11:52. . . . . . . .Dimke 18 yard field goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 plays, 74 yards, 3:56
 3Q       50. . . . . . .Leshoure run
 4Q       21. . . . . . .Scheelhaase TD run                                                   2nd. . . . . . . 7:25. . . . . . . . .Leshoure 35 yard run (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 plays, 60 yards, 1:45
 4Q       29. . . . . . .Ford run                                                             3rd . . . . . . . 6:56. . . . . . . . .Jenkins 18 yard pass from Scheelhaase (Dimke kick) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 plays, 92 yards, 8:04
                                                                                              4th . . . . . . . 14:55. . . . . . . .Scheelhaase 21 yard run (pass failed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 plays, 75 yards, 0:48



18 // 2010 TExas Bowl GuidE

								
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