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Without a doubt, the offense was the strongest and most consistent aspect for the Fighting Illini this season. More specifically, Illinois' passing game thanks to senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase.
Scheelhaase surpassed his passing total from 2012 by over 1,900 yards and had more passing touchdowns (21) than his previous two seasons combined (17). The team's 287.7 passing yards per game ranked No. 22 overall in the FBS.
Scheelhaase's favorite target, senior wide receiver Steve Hull was only seven yards short of 1,000 receiving yards in 2013. He was fifth in the Big Ten in receiving.
Unfortunately, the rushing game wasn't nearly as strong for the Illini. The Illini averaged 139.0 yards per game in 2013, which was better than only Michigan and Purdue in the Big Ten.
Sophomore running back Josh Ferguson averaged 5.5 yards per carry with seven touchdowns in 2013, while fellow junior running back Donovonn Young averaged only 4.0 yards per carry with only three touchdowns.
Perhaps most impressive was that the Illini scored over 30 points in seven of their 12 games, most notably, 45 against Cincinnati, 32 against No. 25 Wisconsin and 35 against No. 3 Ohio State.