Illinois-Northwestern: First quarter analysis

Nathan Scheelhaase and the Illini offense were unstoppable in the first quarter. Jerry La/US Presswire

Forget the bizarre Wrigley Field field setup, the first quarter of the so-called Wrigleyville Classic actually overshadowed the weird circumstances surrounding it.

The Northwestern defense came out looking like it was still getting its bearings, which should not have been difficult given that everyone was going the same direction.

The Illini, specifically Mikel Leshoure, looked like they were running on the surface of the moon, with Leshoure rushing for 153 yards on 10 carries, and Illinois gaining 231 yards in total offense en route to a 21-14 lead.

The east endzone also got a workout with Northwestern’s Brian Peters scoring on a 59-yard interception return. Northwestern's other score came on a Mike Trumpy 80-yard rush, the longest run for the Wildcats since 1982.

Buckle up. At this rate, the Illini will gain almost 1,000 yards on offense.