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Morning Box Score: Illini Lose 3OT Thriller, Cats Fall, Blackhawks Win Shootout

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 7, 2010 3:15PM

It was a banner day in sports for area and state teams.

College Football

Michigan 67, Illinois 65 (3 OT): History was made in Ann Arbor yesterday as the Illini and Wolverines combined to score the most points in a Michigan football game. Defense seemed to be largely ignored in this contest until the Woverines blitzed Nathan Scheelhaase on a conversion attempt in the third overtime period, sealing the victory for Michigan. Woverines wide receiver Roy Roundtree set a school record with 246 receiving yards. Illinois was led by Scheelhaase's 211 yards passing and 101 rushing yards. Matt LeShoure added 120 yards rushing for the Illini.

Penn State 35, Northwestern 21: Happpy Valley was even happier for Joe Paterno, who picked up his 400th coaching victory as the Nittany Lions beat the Wildcats. Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats opened a 21-7 halftime lead, but Penn State's second half adjustments led to NU being shut out when play resumed. Wildcats Qb came back from a concussion to throw for 201 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for another 109 yards and two touchdowns.


Blackhawks 5, Atlanta 4 (Shootout): It was a bittersweet reunion for Thrashers Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager as they faced their former Blackhawks teammates for the first time since being traded by the Blackhawks for salary cap space after the Stanley Cup run. After a wild second period that saw the Hawks and Atlanta tied at 4, both teams' defenses locked down in the final frame and in overtime, forcing the shootout. After Marty Turco blocked a booming slap shot from Byfuglien, Viktor Stalberg lifted a beautiful backhand shot past Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec to get the Hawks back to .500.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane accounted for all four Hawks goals in regulation.