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Bearcats Fall 45-17 Against Illinois - Game Recap

Nathan Scheelhaase's 312-yard performance through the air was the key in Illinois's 45-17 win over Cincinnati on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Illinois was the ATS victor, as they covered the 7.5-point spread as an underdog. Over-Under bettors who played OVER the total of 56.5 were rewarded at the payout window.

Donovonn Young rushed for 64 yards, while Josh Ferguson added 47 yards in the win. Martize Barr and Josh Ferguson added 72 and 55 receiving yards respectively.

Munchie Legaux rushed for 52 yards for Cincinnati, while Ralph Abernathy added 47 yards. Munchie Legaux threw for 237 yards for the Bearcats, while receivers Anthony McClung and Shaq Washington had 94 and 83 yards respectively.

Cincinnati was outgained by Illinois 522-456 yards in Saturday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 27-24 by the Fighting Illini.

Cincinnati lost the time of possession battle 36:28/23:32, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Next game, Illinois takes its act home to face Washington looking for another win. For Cincinnati, they head home to face Northwestern State.