CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wes Lunt threw for 316 yards and a touchdown Saturday to lead Illinois to its second-straight blowout win, 44-0 over Western Illinois.
Lunt had 240 yards by halftime and Illinois (2-0) carried a 30-0 lead to the locker room.
Geronimo Allison was Lunt’s favorite target with eight catches for 124 yards.
Western Illinois (1-1) was coming off a 35-3 win over fellow Football Championship Subdivision school Eastern Illinois. But the step up to a Big Ten team was a struggle. The Leathernecks finished the day with 141 total yards.
The win was the second straight for interim coach Bill Cubit after beating Kent State 52-3. Cubit took over after Tim Beckman was fired last month.
The shutout was Illinois’ first since a 44-0 win over Charleston Southern in 2012.