Wildcats have no answer for Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure will remember Wrigley Field. The Illini junior running back topped 300 yards rushing for the first time in his collegiate career midway through the fourth quarter against Northwestern at the Friendly Confines.

Leshoure, a Champaign native, has 27 carries for 301 yards, including a 61-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter that set up a touchdown by Jason Ford (his second) to put the Illini up 41-24.

Leshoure's previous game-high rushing total was 184 yards last season against Fresno State.