Illinois rolls past CSU, 44-0
September, 15, 2012
By Chantel Jennings | ESPN.com
Last weekend, Illinois missed junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in a 45-14 loss to Arizona State, so naturally there were worries when Illinois coach Tim Beckman decided to hold Scheelhaase out again -- even against an FCS team. But Beckman gave backup sophomore quarterback Reilly O'Toole a boost of confidence with the start, and O'Toole didn't disappoint, leading Illinois to a 44-0 win against Charleston Southern.
The sophomore signal caller started the game hot, completing his first 10 passes. From there, he rolled. O'Toole finished with five touchdown passes -- to four different receivers -- during a 30-of-37 performance for 365 passing yards.
With his five touchdown throws, he tied Nebraska's Taylor Martinez for the most touchdowns thrown in a single game this season in the Big Ten.
O'Toole's strong performance was good for Illinois, because it got the opportunity to start rolling before the Big Ten conference schedule. But it also means that Illinois will have a viable backup who has established chemistry with the Illini offense when Scheelhause returns from his ankle injury. And with Illinois' road schedule this season (Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin), O'Toole could see his name called once again in high-intensity situations.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State