Illinois 35 Cincinnati 36 The Illini came out slow offensively going down 14 pts late in the 1st. Scheelhasse responded though with 2 Passing TDs to end the qtr. Illinois would pile on 2 more TD with a Cincy FG to make a 28 to 17 going into the half. Illinois scored for the final time towards the end of the 3rd. The Illini felt confident with their lead and it bit them on the butt. The Bearcats would score 3 TDs to win the game by a point, leaving a sting on Coach Rex's inaugural game and the road doesn't get easier as the Illini face #2 Washington Huskies at home.