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Illinois officially ineligible for a bowl game after falling to Ohio State 60-35

When Illinois took on Ohio State at Memorial Stadium, the teams couldn’t share more contrasting narratives. The Buckeyes are the consensus No. 3 team in the nation, holding a 9-0 record and winners of 13 straight Big Ten games. On the other side of the field, Illinois is 3-6, losers of five straight games and 19 straight Big Ten games. With three games left on their schedule with Ohio State up, Illinois had ...

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Illinois likely lose leading receiver Ryan Lankford for the year in 42-3 loss against Michigan State

After losing consecutive games to Nebraska and Wisconsin, the schedule didn’t get too much easier for Illinois with Michigan State in town for homecoming. The Spartans entered the contest allowing the fourth least points in the nation, holding opponents just under 14 points a contest. On Saturday afternoon, Michigan State didn’t need their stellar defense with Illinois practically giving the game away, losi ...

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Wisconsin explodes for 56 points handing Illinois their 16th consecutive Big Ten defeat

After their second bye week following a loss to Nebraska, Illinois welcomed the No. 25 ranked Wisconsin Badgers to Memorial Stadium for their Big Ten home opener. Badger running backs Melvin Gordon and James White lead a two-headed rushing attack for Wisconsin that entered the game fifth in the nation with 1,789 rushing yards. It didn’t take long for Gordon to get started, as he cut it to the outside on a r ...

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Illinois pass last season’s win total with 50-14 rout against Miami (OH)

The Fighting Illini looked to make a statement against the 0-3 Miami (OH) RedHawks after losing to Washington at Soldier Field two weeks ago. Igniting for 50 points—Illinois did just that. After a slow first quarter, Illinois exploded for 29 second quarter points to take a 36-0 half time lead. The 36 first half points was the most for the Illini since 1983. The RedHawks would find some rhythm late, but Illi ...

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Illinois better hope the deep ball remains a trend

The lights of Soldier Field proved too bright for the Fighting Illini, but also served as another reminder of how far this team come. Just 10 months ago, this same team stared at a 50-14 scoreboard at Northwestern, watching their season burn into ashes. Following the 34-24 loss to the No. 19 Washington Huskies on September 14th, Illinois is coming off of a much needed bye week. A 2-1 record might not seem l ...

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Washington crashes the Illinois homecoming with a 34-24 victory at Soldier Field

The Washington Huskies looked at home in the Illini’s Chicago homecoming at Soldier Field, overcoming a 14-0 second half run by Illinois to hold onto the 34-24 win. Washington ran the ball with ease throughout the contest. Junior running back Bishop Sankey rushed 35 times for 208 yards and a touchdown. Sankey’s rushing touchdown came at the start of the second half on the Huskies’ first drive. Sankey got fo ...

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Illinois welcomes a dangerous Washington team to Soldier Field

This weekend Soldier Field will showcase an up and coming, overachieving team with a new offensive attack. Not Marc Trestman’s Chicago Bears, but the 2-0 Fighting Illini. Under new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, the Illinois offense went off for 45 points against Cincinnati last week. The Washington Huskies will look to spoil the Illinois homecoming with their own offensive explosion. Like the Illini, th ...

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Illinois stuns Cincinnati 45-17 and improve to 2-0 for the third time in nine years

It took over a year, but Illinois coach Tim Beckman finally got his signature win. It was a matchup of the Fighting Illini, who were 2-10 a year ago, against the Cincinnati Bearcats, who were 10-3 last season. The teams’ records from a season ago suggested a lopsided affair—only Illinois flipped the script. The Illini jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back, winning 45-17 over the Bearcats. New Illi ...

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With a step up in competition against Cincinnati, the Illinois defense will need to improve

With the 42-34 victory against Southern Illinois, the Fighting Illini are only one win away from matching their win total from 2012. Not impressed?—you shouldn’t be. Illinois players and coaches have stressed since the game that a win is a win, no matter how ugly. The Illini have started the season 2-0 only two times in the past eight years—so no win should be taken lightly. Still, Illinois will need to uti ...

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The Fighting Illini hold onto a 42-34 win against Southern Illinois and snap a nine-game losing streak

The Illini probably wished their season opener against Southern Illinois would’ve ended at half time. After leading 25-7 at the half, the Illini fought off a feisty Saluki comeback to hold onto the 42-34 victory. After trailing 7-3 after the first quarter, under new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, the Illinois offense came alive in the second. In the Illini’s second drive of the quarter senior quarterback ...

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