The Illinois Fighting Illini demolished Charleston Southern, 44-0, Saturday behind the effort of quarterback Reilly O'Toole and the complete ineptitude of the Charleston Southern offense.
O'Toole completed his first 10 passes and finished the day with a school-record 83.8 percent completion rate. All-in-all, O'Toole passed for 333 yards and five touchdowns, a vastly different game compared to his struggles in Illinois' loss last week at Arizona State. O'Toole was calm, yet proud of his accomplishments after Saturday's win, writes Chris Davies of CSN Chicago.
"It's pretty cool [to have the record]. I didn't notice that," he said. "When you have guys running great routes and they're open it makes the game a lot more fun because you're just pitching and catching."
O'Toole's record is nothing to scoff at, and at the very least, is a confidence booster for the young quarterback moving forward, but it is worth noting the caliber of opponent Illinois had in the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. Constantly shooting themselves in the foot with illegal formation and delay of game penalties, the Buccaneers managed zero points with only 29 yards passing. They have not won a game since 2010.
Illinois' next contest comes at home against Louisiana Tech.
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