Illinois 48, Northwestern 27. The story going into Wrigley Field's first college football game since 1938 (aside from the novelty of its existence) was the bizarre, last-second decision by the Big Ten on Friday to relegate both offenses to driving toward a single end zone. It didn't take long, though, for Illinois to make it about how often that end zone got used.
Duly inspired by the scene and faux ivy padding, the Illini tore through the Wildcats for 519 yards rushing, the second-highest single-game number by any team this year, and the highest against a I-A/FBS defense. The majority of that total belonged to running back Mikel Leshoure, whose 330-yard effort on 33 carries broke the school record and set a new season high by an individual runner. It also pushed his total on the ground to 1,380 yards for the season, another school record.