Illini stun Bearcats 45-17
September 8, 2013, Slideshow By Jim Grimaldi, Champaign, Ill. - Illinois went into the game against Cincinnati as 10 point underdogs. It seems no one told that to the new revamped Illini offense who for the second week in a row racked up a 40 plus point performance.
In all, six different Illini crossed the goal line in a stunning 45-17 win over the Bearcats.
Illinois racked up 522 yards of total offense against Cincinnati, showcasing new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit's offensive system. Slideshow presented by State Farm Agent, Chris Coyne
"Bill Cubit has always been successful and has always done a great job with our offense," head coach Tim Beckman said. "It's still about him putting our players in position and making plays. We just call the plays, the players are the ones who run the plays. Bill is an outstanding offensive mind, there's no question. That's why I brought him here. He's the best I've been coaching against or been around."
Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, coming off of a career high 416-yard opening game against Southern Illinois, finished with another impressive 26-of-37 for 312 yards. In two games, he has 728 yards, six touchdowns and one interception.
"It was four quarters of football," Beckman said. "The way they prepared from Sunday to this afternoon all the way up to kickoff time, it was a team win. And it was a coaching staff win, nothing to do with me, got everything to do with these players. They believe in what we're doing and I think you can see a little bit of that today. (We've) still got a long ways to go, there's no question about that. But all in all, it was definitely a team effort and I couldn't be more proud."
"I think that most great quarterbacks don't have the strongest arms," Cubit said. "I think they're smart, I think they understand where to throw the ball, they understand timing and anticipation. Give me those quarterbacks any day of the week."