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Recap - Fighting Illini Defeat Southern Illinois 35-3

Mikel LeShoure tore up the turf for 115 rushing yards on Saturday to lead the Fighting Illini to a 35-3 win over the Salukis at Memorial Stadium.

Bettors who backed the Fighting Illini were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 10.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 52.5.

Nathan Scheelhaase completed 14 of 18 pass attempts for 229 yards for the Fighting Illini in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.

Lucien Walker rushed for 30 yards for Southern Illinois, while Shariff Harris added 11 yards. Chris Dieker threw for 168 yards for the Salukis, while receivers Joe Allaria and Kyle Harruff had 94 and 37 yards respectively.

Illinois outgained Southern Illinois 407-230 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 19-14 by the Fighting Illini.

The time of possession battle favored Southern Illinois as their offense was on the field for 31:08, longer than the 28:52 of their opponents.