BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns as Indiana defeated Illinois, 52-35, on Saturday.
The Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game skid, while Illinois (3-6, 0-5) extended its school-record conference losing streak to 19 games.
Tevin Coleman rushed 15 times for a career-high 215 yards, the most by a Hoosier in the last 10 seasons. The teams engaged in a back-and-forth shootout until Coleman's 75-yard touchdown run edged Indiana ahead, 42-35, with 12:41 remaining. Indiana burned the Illini's run defense for 371 yards and gained a season-high 650 yards overall.
Nathan Scheelhaase completed 38 of 57 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns to lead Illinois. He added 45 yards and a score on the ground. Receiver Steve Hull exploded for 224 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions.
The Illini were never the same after Coleman's crowd-thrilling burst. On their ensuing possession, linebacker Steven Funderburk came unblocked on a third-and-10 blitz to force an incompletion. Then Illinois coach Tim Beckman dialed up a fake punt that flopped on fourth down. Punter Justin DuVernois threw low and well short of the marker.
Two plays later, Stephen Houston rushed in from the 2-yard line to make it 49-35. Prior to that, neither side led by more than seven. Houston finished with 17 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Illinois entered the game with the 70th-ranked offense, averaging 402 yards. By the break, the Illini had gained 288. They finished with 612 yards, but a struggling defense cost them a chance to break through for their first Big Ten victory since Oct. 8, 2011, which came at Indiana.