With a 36-0 halftime lead, Illinois got the opportunity to play some of its backups and younger players in the second half.
Redshirt freshman running back Devin Church scored his first collegiate touchdown with a 12-yard run in the third quarter, giving Illinois 43-0 lead.
Freshman quarterback Aaron Bailey, who scored the game’s final touchdown on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter, completed his first collegiate pass to Justin Hardee. He was 1-of-3 for 3 yards after entering Saturday’s game with six rushing attempts for 20 yards.
Additionally, kicker Ryan Frain, of Indianapolis Scecina, was 2-for-2 on extra points in the second half.
NOTES — The 50 points scored by Illinois were the most since scoring 56 in a win over South Dakota State. It also gave the Fighting Illini 161 points scored in its first four games, eclipsing the previous record of 158 during the 1914 season, when Illinois won both the Big Ten and National Title ... Even with three kneel downs in the final minutes, Illinois was still able to finish with 601 yards of total offense. It’s the first time that Illinois surpassed the 600-yard mark since Nov. 3, 2007. Additionally, the 394 yards in the first half is the fourth-highest total in a half for Illinois and the third-most for a first half...