Nate Stanley passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young added two rushing touchdowns each as Iowa rolled over Illinois 63-0 on Saturday.

It tied the largest margin of defeat in Illinois history, matching a 63-0 loss to the University of Chicago in 1906.

Iowa's Mekhi Sargent (10) breaks the tackle of Illinois 'Del'Shawn Phillips (3) in the second half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Iowa’s Mekhi Sargent (10) breaks the tackle of Illinois ‘Del’Shawn Phillips (3) in the second half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

The win ended a three-game skid for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) and makes a bowl invitation all but certain.

Illinois quarterback A.J. Bush, Jr. (1) throws a shuffle pass as Iowa's Jack Hockaday (48) and Djimon Colbert (32) defend in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Illinois quarterback A.J. Bush, Jr. (1) throws a shuffle pass as Iowa’s Jack Hockaday (48) and Djimon Colbert (32) defend in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

The loss ended Illinois’ bowl hopes.

Iowa's Toren Young (28) runs the ball in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Iowa’s Toren Young (28) runs the ball in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Stanley was 13 of 21 through the air for three touchdowns and one interception. His touchdown passes went to tight end Noah Fant (who played sparingly last week) and T.J. Hockenson.

Sargent carried 17 times for 121 yards, while Young rushed for 67 yards on 14 carries.

Iowa's Parker Hesse (40) and Jake Gervase (30) tackle Illinois' Ra'Von Bonner (21) in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Iowa’s Parker Hesse (40) and Jake Gervase (30) tackle Illinois’ Ra’Von Bonner (21) in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

AJ Bush was 12 of 28 for 82 yards and two interceptions for Illinois. Ra’Von Bonner carried the ball 21 times for 111 yards.

Iowa's A.J. Epenesa (94) runs the ball into the end zone after recovering a fumble in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa (94) runs the ball into the end zone after recovering a fumble in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Illinois’ top rusher. Reggie Corbin, left last week’s game with an ankle injury and appeared to re-injure it in the first half. He carried the ball once prior to leaving Saturday’s for minus 4 yards.

Iowa's Kyle Groeneweg (14) returns the ball against Illinois in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Iowa’s Kyle Groeneweg (14) returns the ball against Illinois in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Illinois (4-7, 2-6) turned the ball over four times, which led to 14 Iowa points.

Iowa's Noah Fant (87) runs the ball after making a reception as Illinois' Cameron Watkins (31) attempts the tackle in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Iowa’s Noah Fant (87) runs the ball after making a reception as Illinois’ Cameron Watkins (31) attempts the tackle in the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Iowa generated 400 yards of total offense, compared to 231 for Illinois.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa's A.J. Epenesa (94) celebrates after returning a fumble for a touchdown in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa (94) celebrates after returning a fumble for a touchdown in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Iowa was able pretty much to do as they pleased. And what pleased them seemingly was scoring touchdowns.

Illinois quarterback A.J. Bush, Jr. (1) hands off to running back Ra'Von Bonner (21) in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Illinois quarterback A.J. Bush, Jr. (1) hands off to running back Ra’Von Bonner (21) in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Illinois was never in the same stadium with Iowa, let alone the same game. Moribund defense and an ineffective offense.

Iowa's Brandon Smith runs with the ball in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Iowa’s Brandon Smith runs with the ball in the first half of a NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

UP NEXT

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith leaves the field after his team was defeated 63-0 by Iowa in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith leaves the field after his team was defeated 63-0 by Iowa in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Iowa: Closes out the regular season by hosting Nebraska on Friday.

Illinois: Ends its season at Northwestern next Saturday.

Source: The Associated Press

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