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Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini is brought down by cornerback Ciante Evans #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Nebraska Beats Illinois 39-19

Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska’s maligned defense was much improved in a 39-19 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

10/05/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Illinois Blows By Miami (OH), 50-14

Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 278 yards and five touchdowns and Illinois used a 29-point second quarter to blow by Miami of Ohio 50-14 on Saturday.

09/28/2013

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Scheelhaase Leads Illini To 42-34 Victory Over SIU

Nathan Scheelhaase threw for career-best 416 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead Illinois to a 42-34 win over Southern Illinois. But the Illini had to hang on late to beat the Football Championship Subdivision school.

08/31/2013

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Northwestern Routs Illinois 50-14

Northwestern wanted to bolster its chances for a big-time bowl game. The Wildcats did that and more. Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern beat Illinois 50-14 on Saturday.

11/24/2012

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Indiana Ends 5-Game Skid, Beats Illinois 31-17

It’s been a year since Illinois wandered, stunned, through a six-game losing streak that seemed like it might never end. Tim Beckman was hired as head coach to see to it that the Illini didn’t pile up losses like that again.

10/27/2012

Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a second quarter touchdown while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

No. 25 Michigan Dominates Illini In 45-0 Win

Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading No. 25 Michigan in a 45-0 win over Illinois on Saturday.

10/13/2012

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With Scheelhaase Out, Illini Fall To Arizona State 45-14

Illinois missed starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, to be sure. But he doesn’t play defense, and that was the area where the Illini struggled mightily against Arizona State.

09/09/2012

Wisconsin v Illinois

No. 15 Wisconsin Rallies To Beat Illinois, 28-17

Wisconsin’s offense was sputtering and pesky Illinois looked primed to end its losing streak when Badgers coach Bret Bielema made his team a bold locker room promise.

11/19/2011

Illini helmet logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini’s Dimke, Young Earn Big Ten Weekly Honors

Illinois kicker Derek Dimke was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Monday and running back Donovonn Young earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2011

Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) makes his way through the Arizona State defense while running the option during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in Champaign. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Illinois Holds Off No. 22 Arizona State 17-14

Illinois sacked Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler six times and turned one into a touchdown in a 17-14 win over the No. 22 Sun Devils on Saturday night.

09/17/2011

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Illinois Routs South Dakota State, 56-3

Freshman running back Donovonn Young introduced himself to Illinois fans with a pair of touchdowns and Nathan Scheelhaase ran for two more on Saturday in a 56-3 blowout over South Dakota State.

09/10/2011