CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A season ago, Illinois spent nine long weeks looking for its third win. That Illini team never really came close, finishing 2-10.
On Saturday, the 2013 edition made win No. 3 look easy.
Illinois opened up a 36-0 halftime lead and eventually led 43-0 on the way to a 50-14 win over Miami of Ohio.
Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase led Illinois (3-1) to 29 second-quarter points that broke the game open. He threw for five touchdowns, all by halftime, one short of the all-time Illinois record for scoring passes in a game.
Scheelhaase said the team, which after the game lingered a long couple of minutes in the end zone below the student section enjoying the win, was growing more and more upbeat as it got ready to start Big Ten play next weekend.