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September 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Illinois improves to 2-0 with 45-17 rout of Cincinnati; Huskies next in Chicago

Illinois wide receiver Martize Barr (7) celebrates scoring a touchdown with wide receiver Spencer Harris (80) during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Illinois wide receiver Martize Barr (7) celebrates scoring a touchdown with wide receiver Spencer Harris (80) during the second half against Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

A bit of surprise today in Champaign, where Illinois routed Cincinnati 45-17. The No. 20 Huskies (1-0) will head to Soldier Field in Chicago next Saturday for a 3 p.m. PT kickoff against a 2-0 Illini team.

Here’s the quick recap from the AP today:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.– Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois to a surprise 45-17 win Saturday over Cincinnati.

The Illini (2-0) went up 21-0 in the second quarter and survived a Bearcat rally to stay undefeated.

For the Bearcats (1-1) the loss was made worse by quarterback Munchie Legaux‘s injury. He left in the fourth quarter on a cart with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. Details were not immediately available.

Scheelhaase threw to 11 different receivers. The biggest catch was Steve Hull‘s 22-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. It capped a 99-yard drive and put Illinois up 28-10.

That drive was set up by Legaux’s fumble on a fourth-down play at the Illinois goal line. It was first ruled a touchdown but a review revealed Legaux fumbled after a hard hit by Earnest Thomas.

Legaux was 17-31 for 237 yards and a touchdown.

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