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Numbers of the game: Illinois vs. Wisconsin

October 25, 2015

Five numbers to know:40:09 — Wisconsin’s time of possession, compared to Illinois’ 19:51.10 — Wisconsin has won 10 of its last 11 meetings with Illinois8 — The Illini’s total tackles for loss, including two apiece from Rob Bain and Carroll Phillips19 — Clayton Fejedelem’s number of tackles,...

Illini got beaten by the Badgers, and that's OK

Illini got beaten by the Badgers, and that's OK

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 25, 2015

Ke’Shawn Vaughn said the Illini beat themselves. Bill Cubit talked about injuries and lack of execution. Mike Phair said there are some good things to take away from Illinois football’s 24-13 Homecoming loss to Wisconsin, but that winning the game is ultimately the only thing he wanted to do.However y...

Depleted Illini offense fails to find rhythm against Wisconsin

Depleted Illini offense fails to find rhythm against Wisconsin

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 24, 2015

Quarterback Wes Lunt knew that Illinois football’s offense would miss key offensive players when the Illini played Wisconsin Saturday. Running back Josh Ferguson and wide receivers Marchie Murdock, Justin Hardee and Mike Dudek were doubtful to play against the Badgers. The team’s injury report re...

Matchups to watch in Illinois-Wisconsin game

By Masaki Sugimoto

October 20, 2015

Wes Lunt vs. Wisconsin defense.Wes Lunt has a tall order to fill on Homecoming against the Badgers. Wisconsin's defense gives up around 11 points per game, led by linebacker Joe Schobert, who ranks second in the conference with 9.5 sacks. Freshman linebacker T.J. Edwards had 16 tackles agai...

Illinois gets close against Iowa

By Masaki Sugimoto

October 12, 2015

Illinois was defeated by the Iowa Hawkeyes in a close away game.The Illini stayed in it the whole game, but costly turnovers and the inability to stop the run doomed the Illini...

Illinois' Allison emerging as a Big Ten playmaker

Illinois' Allison emerging as a Big Ten playmaker

By Charlotte Carroll

October 6, 2015

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.Wide receiver Geronimo Allison thought he had the game-winning touchdown the firs...

Grading Illinois football after its win over Nebraska

Grading Illinois football after its win over Nebraska

By The Daily Illini Football Staff

October 4, 2015

Editor's note: Starting this week, The Daily Illini football staff will be giving out grades following the Illinois football game each week. The staff will be grading offense, defense, special teams and coaching. Offense:C The Illinois offense was average Saturday, until the fourt...

Illini football celebrates a different kind of win

Illini football celebrates a different kind of win

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 4, 2015

print headline: Win over Huskers worthy of extra celebrationCelebrations in sports are funny things. They’re rarely for the sake of posterity — a spontaneous outburst isn’t about legacy.Illinois football’s win over Nebraska Saturday sparked a different kind of celebration. In the seconds and minute...

Matchups to watch in Illinois-Nebraska game

Matchups to watch in Illinois-Nebraska game

By Masaki Sugimoto

September 30, 2015

Tommy Armstrong Jr. vs. Illinois DefenseSo far this season, when Illinois has faced a skilled quarterback, things have not turned out well. The Illini’s two biggest tests at quarterbacks were North Carolina’s Marquise Williams and Middle Tennessee State’s Brent Stockstill. Illinois gave up a ...

Illinois football’s offense blows too many opportunities

Illinois football’s offense blows too many opportunities

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 21, 2015

Illinois football’s first drive against North Carolina on Saturday couldn’t have been drawn up any better. The offense traveled 73 yards over 11 plays in 4:07. Quarterback Wes Lunt looked efficient with his throws and running back Josh Ferguson ran productive routes in what would be a 133-yard rushing ...

Old troubles haunt Illini in North Carolina loss

Old troubles haunt Illini in North Carolina loss

By Peter Bailey-Wells

September 20, 2015

In high school, I had a football coach that always used to say, “Somebody needs to make a play!”I never quite understood that: Obviously we were all trying to “make plays.” We wouldn’t have been on the field otherwise. Him exhorting us to do something we were already trying to do was confus...

Illinois football defense trying to prove hot start is no fluke

Illinois football defense trying to prove hot start is no fluke

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 14, 2015

Illinois co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks stood in the team’s squad room with a smile after Saturday’s win over Western Illinois. He stood in front of the white board and waited while the media assembled around him. Reporters joked around with Banks, who laughed and commented that he was no...

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