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Leshoure, Illinois beats Northwestern at Wrigley

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Illinois wide receiver Eddie McGee(10) can't make the catch against Northwestern's Justan Vaughn during second the quarter of an NCAA college football game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh Illinois wide receiver Eddie McGee(10) can't make the catch against Northwestern's Justan Vaughn during second the quarter of an NCAA college football game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
Northwestern's Justan Vaughn, right, tackles Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh Northwestern's Justan Vaughn, right, tackles Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase looks to a pass during the quarter of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase looks to a pass during the quarter of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mikel Leshoure ran for a school-record 330 yards and two touchdowns, and Illinois beat Northwestern 48-27 Saturday in a game played under circumstances at Wrigley Field. The Wildcats and Fighting Illini were looking for publicity when they scheduled the first football game in 40 years at the old ballpark and did they ever get it.

 

Anyone who wasn't aware of this one certainly knew about it after the Big Ten announced on Friday that the schools had implemented several rules changes because of safety concerns.

The most notable: offensive plays ran only toward the west end zone near the third-base dugout. The east end zone in right field came within a foot or so of a heavily padded brick wall. So after changes in possession, the ball was repositioned.

All but one touchdown, an interception return by Northwestern, was scored in the west end zone.

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