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Notes and Grades: Illinois v. California in the Redbox Bowl

Notes and Grades: Illinois v. California in the Redbox Bowl

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

December 30, 2019

Back during Illinois’ Spring Game in April, there weren’t many people who felt entirely optimistic about Illini football. Anyone watching could’ve pointed out the defensive troubles, passing game struggles or repeated roster turnover over the last few years. The records, and game scores associated w...

Peter’s fourth down dive embodies Illini attitudes into 2020

Peter’s fourth down dive embodies Illini attitudes into 2020

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 30, 2019

Fourth and 17, less than two minutes remaining and Illinois is trailing by two possessions. Such circumstances would indicate that it's time to pack it up, play conservative and not risk injuries, especially to players with remaining eligibility. Illini quarterback Brandon Peters had other ideas,...

California handles Illinois 35-20 in Redbox Bowl

California handles Illinois 35-20 in Redbox Bowl

By JJ Kim, Managing Editor for Reporting

December 30, 2019

The Illinois football team lost to the California Golden Bears by a score of 35-20 in the Redbox Bowl on Monday. Monday’s game was the Illini’s first time in five years playing in a bowl game, and the Illini faithful were loud and jubilant from the start, but a lack of a consistent pass rush and...

Redbox Bowl Halftime Report: California leads Illinois 21-13

Redbox Bowl Halftime Report: California leads Illinois 21-13

By JJ Kim, Managing Editor for Reporting

December 30, 2019

The Redbox Bowl is the Illini’s first time in five years playing in a bowl game, and the Illini faithful were loud and jubilant from the start, but trail the California Golden Bears at halftime 21-13. To open up the game, junior linebacker Milo Eifler sacked Cal quarterback Chase Garbers on the...

Current, former Illinis’ worlds collide at San Francisco soup kitchen

Current, former Illinis’ worlds collide at San Francisco soup kitchen

By JJ Kim, Managing Editor for Reporting

December 30, 2019

As Illinois alumnus Ned Moran was putting on an apron for his monthly volunteer shift at St. Anthony’s soup kitchen in San Francisco, he noticed a young man wearing an Illinois shirt across the room.  For Moran, living on the west coast prevents him from seeing many people from the University, s...

Illinois defense prepares for California, Redbox match-up

Illinois defense prepares for California, Redbox match-up

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

December 30, 2019

Illinois football is about to play in its first bowl game since 2014. The California Bears are in their second-consecutive bowl game. The Illini started off the season plagued with the same things from the past few seasons. The Illini opened their season with wins over the Akron Zips and the U-Conn H...

Marching Illini ignite fan spirit in Cali pep rally

Marching Illini ignite fan spirit in Cali pep rally

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

December 29, 2019

There was something in the air Sunday morning, just one day before the Redbox Bowl. In the Embarcadero Plaza, just outside of the Hyatt Regency of San Francisco, in an area all but foreign to the Illini up until this point, noises familiar to any Illini faithful could be heard. The Golden Gate Brid...

Grades and takeaways: Illinois v. North Carolina A&T

Grades and takeaways: Illinois v. North Carolina A&T

December 29, 2019

Although the Illini fell below expectations during their last outing against the Missouri Tigers in St. Louis, the players tested much higher on their follow up exam against North Carolina A&T. The Illini came out with much more intensity throughout Sunday's game and it carried them to a 95-64 vict...

Illinois beats North Carolina A&T at home, restores winning energy

Illinois beats North Carolina A&T at home, restores winning energy

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

December 29, 2019

Head coach Brad Underwood and the Illini didn't go into the Holidays on a high note after losing to Missouri in the annual Braggin’ Rights game on Dec. 21. In contrast to a lackluster performance against Mizzou, Underwood’s team came out with lots of energy and looked like the Illini were ready to p...

Tati’s Take: California-Illinois could be a match made in heaven

Tati’s Take: California-Illinois could be a match made in heaven

December 29, 2019

At the start of the 2019 season, California and Illinois had vastly different outlooks. The Bears were looking for post season redemption after losing to Texas Christian University at the Cheez-It Bowl in 2018. But the Illini were looking to make it to the postseason. California started its season 4-0 with w...

Alcatraz tour emphasizes seniors’ journey with Illinois football

Alcatraz tour emphasizes seniors’ journey with Illinois football

By JJ Kim, Managing Editor for Reporting

December 29, 2019

As part of being in the Bay Area for the Redbox Bowl, the Illinois football team took a trip to Alcatraz to learn about the history of the infamous former maximum security facility. While the rest of the team mentioned how enjoyable the island itself was, senior linebacker Dele Harding and halfback...

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