Illinois Blows Out Boilermakers 44-10

(WSCR) – Illinois played with ease as they nearly shut out Purdue Saturday. Illinois was ahead 30-0 half-way through the third quarter while Nathan Scheelhaase shined in this victory.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Nathan Scheelhaase won a matchup of freshmen quarterbacks, rushing for 118 yards and throwing for 195 and four touchdowns Saturday to lead Illinois past Purdue, 44-10.

Purdue quarterback Sean Robinson was 7-20 for 52 yards and a touchdown. The Boilermakers struggled in a chilly wind and had just 64 yards at halftime.

Illinois (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) led 14-0 before Purdue had run its fifth play and was ahead 30-0 midway through the third quarter.

Scheelhaase was 16-20 passing with touchdowns to A.J. Jenkins, Mikel Leshoure, Darius Millines and Chris James.

Purdue (4-4, 2-2) quarterback Rob Henry, another freshman, started but didn’t throw a pass. He played with a lacerated forefinger suffered a week earlier.

Updated October 30, 2010

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