Reilly O’Toole threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns and receiver Ryan Lankfordhad 97 yards and two scores to lead Illinois to a 44-0 win Saturday over Charleston Southern. The Illini (2-1) were missing a handful of starters who were injured, including quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who has missed two games with a sprained ankle. O’Toole got the start and connected with Lankford twice in the first quarter.
In the third quarter, Alex Carder fought back for Western Michigan. He threw for 66 yards and ran for seven yards and one touchdown, but the margin is still 11, as the Broncos trail 28-17. Western Michigan finished off a 71-yard drive when Carder turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-17.
Brendan Bigelow had a productive quarter for California. He ran for 81 yards and one touchdown and the Golden Bears have closed the gap to 20-14. An 81-yard drive that ended when Bigelow pounded in an 81-yard touchdown run helped California narrow the deficit to 20-14.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Purdue now leads 40-9. The Boilermakers rushed for 70 yards in the quarter. The Boilermakers have erupted for 27 straight points.
With Nebraska coach Bo Pelini out of the game with an apparent illness, Nebraska now leads 28-13. The Cornhuskers rushed for 87 yards in the quarter. The Cornhuskers held Arkansas State to 14 total yards in the quarter. The Red Wolves are currently on a 10-point run.
Four long plays, including Reilly O’Toole’s 48-yard pass, helped spur Illinois’ offense to 17 points and the Fighting Illini now lead 37-0. Illinois’ defense shut down Charleston Southern, allowing only four yards of offense in the quarter. The Fighting Illini made their lead 27-0 when O’Toole and Spencer Harris combined for a 24-yard touchdown on the last play of a four-play, 83-yard drive. Illinois’ drive was keyed by.
Earlier, the Associated Press reported that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini left Saturday’s game against Arkansas State by ambulance after falling ill on the sideline in the first half. A member of the Nebraska medical staff was seen checking Pelini’s pulse in the first half, but he continued on the sideline until halftime. Pelini didn’t come out with the team for the third quarter.