Rutgers 33 ...
Rutgers went up early on a blocked punt for a score and a Devin McCourty interception for a touchdown. The rout was on by the end of the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown throw by Mike Teel, and the Scarlet Knights kept pouring it on with a Ray Rice one-yard touchdown run and two Jeremy Ito field goals. Illinois
Player of the game ... Rutgers RB Ray Rice ran 22 times for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Rutgers - Passing: Mike Teel, 14-24, 147 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ray Rice, 22-100, 1 TD. Receiving: Brian Leonard, 5-43
Illinois - Passing: Tim Brasic, 4-10, 50 yds
Rushing: Pierre Thomas, 7-39. Receiving: Rashard Mendenhall, 2-13
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Rutgers might not have been as sharp on offense against Illinois as head coach Greg Schiano might have hoped for, but it got a great start from the special teams and a suffocating game from the defense to win in a laugher. The offense showed excellent balance against the outmanned Illini, but the run defense was the star of the game stuffing Pierre Thomas and E.B. Halsey from the start. The coaching staff isn't going to be happy with the three turnovers, but it has to like the offense holding on to the ball for 32:27.