Illinois uses turnovers to hold off Indiana, 43-13Oct 23, 2010 - 8:09 PM By DAVID MERCER Associated Press Writer
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase turned a quiet 123 yards of passing into a pair of touchdowns and the Fighting Illini returned interceptions for two more Saturday in a 43-13 rout of Indiana.
Illinois (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) led 27-10 at the half and held on through a sloppy, mostly defensive second half, all with the help of five Indiana turnovers.
The Illini talked all week about two keys to the Indiana game: blunting the effectiveness of quarterback Ben Chappell and, after losing the turnover battle and the game a week earlier at Michigan State, finding a way to separate the Hoosiers from the ball.
In a first half they couldn't have drawn up much better, the Illini did both.
Chappell averages just shy of 310 yards a game and is almost never sacked. He spent the first 30 minutes Saturday under pressure and, while sacked just once - a loss wiped out by a face mask penalty - he was hurried and hit often.
The senior quarterback had 178 yards at halftime, and Indiana had 227 total yards to Illinois' 164.
But the Illini forced three first-half turnovers, two of them Chappell interceptions and all of which led to points.
The first was a pick by defensive back Tavon Wilson deep in Hoosier territory that set up a Derek Dimke field goal for a 3-0 first-quarter lead.
The second and third were due in large part to Justin Staples, playing in the freelance pass-rushing position Illinois calls a bandit.
First, Staples stripped the ball out of Wildcat quarterback Dusty Kiel's arms, wrestling it away for linebacker Ian Thomas to grab at the Indiana 23. The Illini turned that into a 17-yard touchdown pass from Scheelhaase to Jarred Fayson and a 17-7 lead midway through the quarter.
Minutes later, Staples hit Chappell as the quarterback threw the ball, forcing it off target for backup defensive back Patrick Nixon-Youman to pick off on the run. Nixon-Youman glided 68 yards down the left sideline for another TD and, with 7:07 to play in the first half, a 24-7 lead.
A pair of late field goals made the score 27-10 at the half.
Illinois padded its lead at 29-10 with a third-quarter safety, blocking a Chris Hagerup punt in the Hoosier end zone.
Indiana pulled backed to within two touchdowns at 29-13 on Mitch Ewald's 21-yard field goal with 1:53 to play in the third quarter, but the Hoosiers never looked like they had the pieces still missing from a comeback in them.
The Hoosiers last four possessions ended with a punt, a pair of interceptions - one of them another return for a touchdown, this one 75 yards by Jonathan Brown - and the end of the game.
Chappell finished 26-48 with 279 yards and a touchdown for Indiana (4-3, 0-3) but threw three interceptions that buried the Hoosiers. Receiver Ted Bolser had four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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INDIANA 7 3 3 0 13
ILLINOIS 10 17 2 14 43 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: ILLINOIS - FG, DEREK DIMKE 28 YD, 2:08.
INDIANA - TD, TED BOLSER 22 YD PASS FROM
BEN CHAPPELL (MITCH EWALD
KICK), 10:57. INDIANA 7-3
ILLINOIS - TD, EVAN WILSON 29 YD PAS
Oct 23 3:18 PM
ILLINOIS 43 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Oct 23 3:18 PM
ILLINOIS 43 0:44 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Indiana 13, Illinois 43 4th - 0:44Oct 23 3:15 PM
ILLINOIS 42 0:44 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Indiana 13, Illinois 42 4th - 0:44Oct 23 3:15 PM
ILLINOIS 36 3:54 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Indiana 13, Illinois 36 4th - 3:54Oct 23 3:07 PM
ILLINOIS 29 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Oct 23 2:36 PM
ILLINOIS 29 1:53 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Indiana 13, Illinois 29 3rd - 1:53Oct 23 2:29 PM
ILLINOIS 32 7:30 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Indiana 10, Illinois 32 3rd - 7:30Oct 23 2:16 PM
ILLINOIS 27 11:10 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Indiana 12, Illinois 27 3rd - 11:10Oct 23 2:08 PM
ILLINOIS 27 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Oct 23 1:34 PM
ILLINOIS 27 0:04 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Indiana 10, Illinois 27 2nd - 0:04Oct 23 1:32 PM
ILLINOIS 24 2:41 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Indiana 10, Illinois 24 2nd - 2:41Oct 23 1:23 PM
ILLINOIS 24 7:07 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Indiana 7, Illinois 24 2nd - 7:07Oct 23 1:10 PM
ILLINOIS 23 7:07 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Indiana 7, Illinois 23 2nd - 7:07Oct 23 1:09 PM
ILLINOIS 17 9:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Indiana 7, Illinois 17 2nd - 9:47Oct 23 12:55 PM
ILLINOIS 10 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Oct 23 12:37 PM
ILLINOIS 10 1:45 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Indiana 7, Illinois 10 1st - 1:45Oct 23 12:32 PM
ILLINOIS 3 4:03 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Indiana 7, Illinois 3 1st - 4:03Oct 23 12:25 PM
ILLINOIS 3 12:52 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Indiana 0, Illinois 3 1st - 12:52Oct 23 12:07 PM
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