Tim Beckman's first game as the head coach of the Illinois Fighting Illini could see a long-term loss of his starting quarterback, as Nathan Scheelhaase has left the game against the Western Michigan Broncos with an apparent ankle injury suffered in the third quarter.
Scheelhaase will not play the rest of the game for Illinois (ankle). This one isn't over yet.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) September 1, 2012
Until the third quarter injury to Scheelhaase, Illinois was maintaining a double digit lead over Western Michigan. Scheelhaase was a big part of that, going 11-for-18 on the day with 126 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Taking the field in place of Scheelhaase is sophomore Reilly O'Toole, who hast 270 career yards with one touchdown and four interceptions for Illinois. It goes without saying that, if you're an Illini fan, you'd much rather have Scheelhaase leading this program, not only for this game but for those coming up on the schedule.