Indiana got its first Big Ten conference victory since Nov. 2010 after beating the pathetic Illinois Illini 31-17 on the road Saturday.
As far as basement-dweller matchups go, this was another insignificant performance for the Illini. Do not let the score deceive you; quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase led his team to 17 points and kept the game close for some time. That is not to say Indiana was unable to play good defense. The Hoosiers sacked Scheelhaase seven times—let me repeat: SEVEN TIMES!
Scheelhaase tossed for 176 yards and a score on 17 completions, and running back Donovonn Young carried the ball 21 times for 124 yards.
The real story here is the effort that Indiana made. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards and two TDS. Tailback Stephen Houston carried the ball 21 times for 71 yards and two scores, and receiver Cody Latimer reeled in two receptions for 67 yards. Kicker Mitch Ewald nailed a 28-yard field goal and was four-for-four on extra points.
Indiana (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) hosts Iowa in Memorial Stadium next weekend, and Illinois (2-6, 0-4) travels to Columbus to play Ohio States.