Indiana 52, ILL 35 - Rapid Reaction

The quick hitting take on Illinois' 52-35 loss against Indiana on Saturday.

It was over when: Stephen Houston scored on a 2-yard run, giving the Hoosiers a 49-35 lead with 11 minutes to play in the game.

The touchdown came two plays after a failed Illini fake punt. Houston's score gave Indiana a double digit lead after briefly trailing in the third quarter. The swing of momentum did more than stagger the Illini. It was a knockout blow.

Player of the game: Indiana tailback Tevin Coleman. The sophomore set a career high with 219 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

Illini of note: Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. The senior had a career-best 450 yards passing, completing 38-of-57 with one touchdown and one interception. He added 45 yards and a score on the ground.

Wide receiver Steve Hull. The senior came up big in the shootout. He finished with a personal-best 224 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches.

"Unbelievable," Coach Tim Beckman called Hull. "I think Steve made some plays that were phenomenal in my opinion. When we needed to make a play, Steve Hull was there to help us make those plays."

Stat of the game: Total yards: Indiana, 650. Illinois, 615.

The takeaway: The losing streak runs to 18. One of the few Big Ten teams Illinois had a chance to beat this season came and went and left the streak with Illinois to carry on with. Next up... Ohio State. Oh boy. No shot. At this point, the Illini defense is as bad as a defense can be. 650 total yards. 52 points. Four scores of the big play variety, 64, 41, 50 and 75 yards out. The offense gives Illinois a chance in these types of games. But c'mon... Scheelhaase and Hull and others did everything they could to keep up with the Hoosiers. It wasn't enough. Illinois better beat Purdue. Then again, I have a feeling people around the Purdue program are saying, "We better beat Illinois."

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