Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase completely torched the Saluki defense with 416 passing yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Ryan Lankford and sophomore running back Josh Ferguson were the main recipients of Scheelhaase's big passing day. Lankford had 115 yards and Ferguson had 103 yards and a touchdown.
The Salukis put up a valiant effort against the Illini behind their senior quarterback Kory Faulkner who had 312 yards and three touchdowns.
The game looked like it would get out of hand early as it would be expected when a FBS team plays a FCS team, but the Salukis had other plans. The Fighting Illini had a hot start and was making plays early then seemed to slow down in the second half.
The Illini defense gave up only seven points in the first half and gave up 27 in the second half with 17 coming in the third quarter. The third quarter could have been worse for the Illini but they got a big kick return touchdown from V'Angelo Bentley and a rushing touchdown from freshman quarterback Aaron Bailey.
Even though the Illini saw victory they were torched on defense in the second half and saw virtually no run production throughout the game. The team totaled only 49 rushing yards on 30 carries. The Fighting Illini should just chalk this up to first game of the season jitters and look forward to their next opponent.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will host the Cincinnati Bearcats next Saturday at Memorial Stadium.