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.
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.
Illinois’ secondary stifled the passing game, allowing just eight yards through the air to Charleston Southern in the second quarter and the Fighting Illini now lead 20-0. Illinois made its lead 20-0 when Dami Ayoola turned a handoff into a 28-yard touchdown on the last play of a seven-play, 57-yard drive.
llinois held Charleston Southern to 24 total yards during the first quarter and the Fighting Illini lead 13-0 at the end of the first quarter. Illinois held the Buccaneers to just nine rushing yards in the quarter.
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Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times.
Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post.