Nathan Scheelhaase

University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football

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.


The Illinois Fighting Illini celebrate with the trophy after they beat the UCLA Bruins in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on December 31, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Illinois Beats UCLA 20-14 In Fight Hunger Bowl

Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for Illinois’ first touchdown late in the third quarter and the Illini snapped a six-game losing streak by beating UCLA 20-14 in the Fight Hunger Bowl.


Head caoch Ron Zook of the Illinois Fighting Illini (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Gray Guides Minnesota Past Skidding Illinois 27-7

MarQueis Gray rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score, guiding Minnesota past backsliding Illinois 27-7 on Saturday in the season finale and sending the Fighting Illini to their sixth straight defeat.


Jason Ford #21 of the Illinois Fighting Illini pushes back Desmond Morgan #44 of the Michigan Wolverines to score a touchdown at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan defeated Illinois 31-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Toussaint Helps No. 22 Michigan Beat Illini, 31-14

By halftime Michigan had eight times as many yards as Illinois. Deep into the second half the Wolverine defense still hadn’t let the Illini cross midfield.


Nathan Scheelhaase is pressured by OSU's John Simon. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini Under Pressure After 2 Losses

Illinois rolled through its first six games with big plays, comebacks and happy endings, landing a spot in the Top 25 with a perfect start.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

Nathan Scheelhaase. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Buckeyes Bounce Back, Upset No. 16 Illini, 17-7

Daniel Herron hadn’t played a down of football since the Sugar Bowl because of NCAA suspensions but ran for 114 yards and a touchdown in his return Saturday as Ohio State upset No. 16 Illinois, 17-7.


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

No. 19 Illini Beats Indiana 41-20 With Big Plays

Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase and A.J. Jenkins made Indiana pay for its mistakes Saturday.


Nathan Scheelhaase

Wisch: Illini’s Table Is Set, But Can They Really Run It?

Considering that the University of Illinois hasn’t started out even 4-0 in a football season since the fall of 1951 – back when Dick Butkus was merely the meanest 8-year-old in Chicago – the message a friend of mine posted last Sunday on my Facebook did read a bit outrageous.


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.


Ron Zook (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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.


Ron Zook

Wisch: Zook’s Decision To Play O’Toole A Real Head-Scratcher

Baffled was again how I found myself last Saturday when Illinois’ seventh-year head coach opted to burn highly touted freshman quarterback Reilly O’Toole’s redshirt eligibility – by playing him for three meaningless snaps in the fourth quarter of a season opener vs. Arkansas State.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2011

Dan Persa

Persa, Scheelhaase Honored On Big Ten Players To Watch List

Big Ten coaches voted to eliminate the annual preseason media poll and instead have instituted a much less exciting “Players To Watch List”.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2011

Mikel Leshoure

Muller: Illini Could Be In For Special Season In 2011

Winning a bowl game like the Texas Bowl may not be that big of a deal to many who follow college football, but for the University of Illinois fans and Ron Zook, they will gladly take it.


Nathan Scheelhaase

Bowl Preview: Illini Ready For Bears

It’s been a streaky season for the Illini. And as much as the Illini would like to cap their up and down season, the dynamic Baylor offense could stand in their way.


Ron Zook (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Falls To Fresno State, 25-23

A Fighting Illini rally fell short Friday night as Illinois fell to Fresno State 25-23, leaving Illinois with a .500 record on the season.


Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Gophers Upset Illini On Last-Minute TD

Illinois struggled on defense for the second straight week on Saturday, as Minnesota rallied for a 38-34 win in Champaign.


Jason Ford

Illinois Falls To Michigan After 3 OTs

Illinois kept close in points, even got ahead 45-38 with 11:35 left of the fourth quarter. Michigan tied the game with less than two minutes left and the two teams went into three over times.


Nathan Scheelhaase

Illinois Blows Out Boilermakers 44-10

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.


Nathan Scheelhaase

Turnovers Help Illinois Hold Off Indiana

(WSCR) – Illinois returned two interceptions for touchdowns and passed for two more to give Indiana no chance.


Nathan Scheelhaase

Illini Faced With Equally Daunting Task This Week

Illinois looks for their second straight road win and travel to Spartan Stadium. The last Illinois trip to East Lansing it resulted in an Illini win and some bad blood. Will there be a repeat of both this year?