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Nathan Scheelhaase’s five first-half touchdowns against Miami (Ohio) are more than he had all of 2012

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Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 256 yards and five touchdowns in the first half of Illinois' game against Miami (Ohio). That's one more touchdown than he threw all of last season.

In that first half, Illinois put up 394 yards of total offense en route to a 36-0 lead at the break. That's the third most yards in school history in a first half and the most points the Illini has scored in the opening 30 minutes since 2001.

Scheelhaase linked up with nine different receivers in the first half, and Josh Ferguson led the way with five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown while Matt LaCrosse had three catches for 68 yards and two scores.

After an Evan Wilson touchdown catch and a successful two-point conversion put the Illini ahead 15-0 21 seconds into the second quarter, head coach Tim Beckman called for a successful onside kick. The Illini quickly capitalized, scoring less than two minutes later to take a 22-0 lead.

Scheelhaase appeared in 10 gamesn and threw for 1,361 yards and four touchdowns last seaso. Through less than four games this season, he's thrown for 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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