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Imatorbhebhe, Brown named Big Ten Players of the Week

Imatorbhebhe, Brown named Big Ten Players of the Week

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

November 11, 2019

Junior wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and sophomore defensive back Sydney Brown earned Big Ten Player of the Week accolades Monday. The announcement follows Illinois' historic comeback at Michigan State Saturday, which handed the Illini their fourth straight victory and bowl game eligibility for...

Illinois vs. Michigan State game notes

Illinois vs. Michigan State game notes

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

Illinois’ storybook season keeps getting better. Off the strength of a massive fourth-quarter rally against Michigan State, Illinois earned its fourth-straight win against a Big Ten opponent. For the first time in the Lovie Smith era, and since the Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014, Illinois finds itself ...

Illini are officially going bowling

Illini are officially going bowling

By Tatiania Perry, Columnist

November 11, 2019

Before the game even started, I had two possible headlines written: “Illinois is going bowling!” or “Illinois still has two more chances at a bowl game, don’t fret.” At halftime, I had a whole column written about how loss is OK, but in the fourth quarter, I deleted the whole thing. One ...

Illini beat Spartans, becomes bowl game eligible under Lovie Smith

Illini beat Spartans, becomes bowl game eligible under Lovie Smith

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 10, 2019

On fourth down with 45 seconds to go, Illinois needed a touchdown to complete a school-record comeback. Quarterback Brandon Peters received the snap and immediately fired the pass to wide receiver Caleb Reams. The pass was batted away, and Spartan Stadium rejoiced all around. But then a flag was thrown. Pa...

Illinois looks for fourth-straight conference win against Michigan State Saturday

Illinois looks for fourth-straight conference win against Michigan State Saturday

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

Illinois football continues its quest for a bowl game as the team heads up north to take on Michigan State at Spartan Stadium Saturday afternoon. “As we talk about being in the playoffs, this is it,” said head coach Lovie Smith. “This is a playoff game for us, and we’re looking at it that way. A ...

Walk-on Navarro shines on offense this season

Walk-on Navarro shines on offense this season

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

Illinois came out of the gate slow against Rutgers Saturday and was in search of a spark early on. But that jolt came from receiver Donny Navarro, who went up and out jumped a Scarlet Knight defensive back, hauling in a pass and advancing to the 13-yard line before being tackled for a 48-yard gain. Th...

Illinois seeks first bowl game bid since 2014

Illinois seeks first bowl game bid since 2014

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

Head coach Lovie Smith made it no secret in his postgame press conference that he talked with his team about the possibility of a bowl game for the first time after Illinois’ 38-10 victory over Rutgers, leaving the program one victory away from a bowl berth with three games to go. He proclaimed ea...

Don’t count Illinois football out of a bowl game

Don’t count Illinois football out of a bowl game

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

In the last few weeks, I’ve received feedback on some of my columns about the state of Illinois football over the past few years. Some will say this is the worst half-century of Illini football they’ve seen, but it looks like things are coming around. Others will say no matter what Illinois does n...

Illinois vs. Rutgers game notes

Illinois vs. Rutgers game notes

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

Illinois cruised to a 38-10 victory over Rutgers Saturday, earning the program’s first three-game win streak since 2011. Although it has been a tough year for the Scarlet Knights, the Illini went to work, improved to 5-4 and are just one win away from their first bowl berth since 2014. Offense: B Although...

Illinois moves one game closer to bowl berth after blowout of Rutgers

Illinois moves one game closer to bowl berth after blowout of Rutgers

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

After a first half that saw the momentum swing back-and-forth between the Scarlet Knights and the Illini, Illinois blew Rutgers out of the water off the strength of a dominant third-quarter run. “Three weeks ago, as we went into the second half of the season, we weren’t playing our best ball and ne...

GoFundMe launched to support Bobby Roundtree’s recovery

GoFundMe launched to support Bobby Roundtree’s recovery

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

November 4, 2019

Illinois Athletics and head football coach Lovie Smith launched a fundraising campaign for defensive end Bobby Roundtree, who suffered a major spinal cord injury in a swimming accident in his home state of Florida this summer. The GoFundMe for the star defensive lineman is called “#97Strong: Fight f...

Illini top Scarlet Knights 38-10 in third-straight victory

Illini top Scarlet Knights 38-10 in third-straight victory

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

After a first half that had seen the Scarlet Knights and Illini going back-and-forth with a tie game, the Illini football team blew Rutgers out of the water off the strength of a dominant third-quarter run. Illinois took initiative on offense early in the first period. After two stagnant first exchanges...

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