Staff writer Jeff Huth's take on the Illini's 45-17 win against Cincinnati on Saturday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Is this really the same Illini quarterback who finished the 2012 season with four touchdown passes in 10 games? The senior matched that total at Cincinnati’s expense while throwing for 300-plus yards in back-to-back games for the first time in his college career.
Give Bill Cubit the Big Ten offensive coordinator of the year award now. His unit has scored 40-plus points in two straight games. The Illini last did so in 2010.
Tim Banks’ Illini unit was in bend-but-don’t break mode. And that third-quarter goal-line stand will stand with the best in program history.
Nothing out of the ordinary here except for Illini punt returns. Miles Osei and V’Angelo Bentley combined to average 13.2 yards on five returns.
If the Illini earn this same grade next week against Washington, the party on Green State will last all night.