Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will remain the starter for the Illini's upcoming game against Penn State despite getting pulled in the first quarter of Illinois' 52-24 loss to Louisiana Tech. Scheelhaase missed two games with a sprained ankle and was benched after throwing an interception and losing a fumble in the first quarter against Louisiana Tech.
Scheelhaase was replaced by Reilly O'Toole who went 19-for-25 with 120 yards, but Illinois coach Tim Beckman declared that Scheelhaaase was still his man on Monday, saying "Nathan Scheelhaase is our starting quarterback." Scheelhaase took a big hit on the first play of the game, but Beckman gave him a few more series before deciding it was in the team's best interest to bench him and bring in O'Toole.
Illinois stands at 2-2 on the season and travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State (2-2) in the Big Ten opener on Saturday.