Illini dominate Wildcats at Wrigley Field

November 21, 2010

By Associated Press & City Room

Football at Wrigley Field (AP/Huh)

Mikel Leshoure ran for a school-record 330 yards and two touchdowns, and Illinois beat Northwestern 48-27 Saturday in a game played under circumstances at Wrigley Field. The Wildcats and Fighting Illini were looking for publicity when they scheduled the first football game in 40 years at the old ballpark and did they ever get it.

Anyone who wasn't aware of this one certainly knew about it after the Big Ten announced on Friday that the schools had implemented several rules changes because of safety concerns.

The most notable: offensive plays ran only toward the west end zone near the third-base dugout. The east end zone in right field came within a foot or so of a heavily padded brick wall. So after changes in possession, the ball was repositioned.

All but one touchdown, an interception return by Northwestern, was scored in the west end zone.