Cameron and Patton connected on a pair of early third-quarter touchdowns that put the Bulldogs up for good, 35-17.
After missing the past two games with a sprained ankle, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was ineffective and left the game in the first quarter. Reilly O’Toole was 19 of 25 for 120 yards in his place.
FINAL: Quinton Patton caught six passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, helping Louisiana Tech to a 52-24 victory over Illinois on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs’ offense dominated, ripping off huge chunks of yardage. The Fighting Illini’s defense gave up five plays of at least 20 yards. With 14:50 to go in the third quarter, Colby Cameron found Patton open for a 78-yard touchdown pass, Louisiana Tech’s longest play on the day.
Donovonn Young did his best to carry Illinois’ offense, turning 19 carries into 75 rushing yards and one touchdown.
The Fighting Illini finished with 314 total yards, including 211 yards passing while completing 27 of 37 attempts. Illinois’ ground game balanced its offense, bringing 103 yards on 41 attempts.
Cameron threw for 284 yards while completing 15 of 21 passes for Louisiana Tech. Cameron finished the game with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Bulldogs racked up 393 total yards. Louisiana Tech complemented Cameron’s passing with 109 yards rushing on 36 attempts.
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