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Recap - Fighting Illini Defeat Southern Illinois 42-34

Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 416 yards to lead the Fighting Illini over Southern Illinois 42-34 on Saturday in Week 1 action at Memorial Stadium.

Illinois won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 16.5-point spread. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 40.5.

Josh Ferguson rushed for 49 yards, while Jon Davis added 15 yards in the win. Ryan Lankford and Josh Ferguson added 115 and 103 receiving yards respectively.

Mika'il McCall rushed for 24 yards for Southern Illinois, while Ken Malcome added 21 yards. Kory Faulkner threw for 312 yards for the Salukis, while receivers John Lantz and MyCole Pruitt had 99 and 83 yards respectively.

Southern Illinois was outgained by Illinois 464-407 yards in Saturday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 21-17 by the Fighting Illini.

The time of possession battle favored Southern Illinois as their offense was on the field for 30:48, longer than the 29:12 of their opponents.