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Illinois snaps 5-year bowl drought with berth in Redbox Bowl

Dec. 8, 2019 5:43 PM EST

California (7-5 Pac-12) vs. Illinois (6-6, Big Ten) , Dec. 30, 4 p.m. ET LOCATION: Santa Clara, California. TOP PLAYERS Cal: RB Christopher Brown Jr., 794 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns. Illinois: QB Brandon Peters, 1,611 yards passing, 17 touchdowns. NOTABLE CaL: The Golden Bears won at Stanford and UCLA to clinch...

Northwestern upsets rival Illinois 29-10

Nov. 30, 2019 5:04 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The conditions Saturday at Memorial Stadium were a depressing combination of rain, wind and flop sweat. The home crowd was leaving wet and unhappy after witnessing rival Northwestern upset the bowl-bound Illini 29-10. But one thing remained constant. Illinois coach Lovie Smith was...

Illinois hopes to tame Wildcats, move up in bowl spot

Nov. 29, 2019 4:01 AM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has already clinched eligibility for a bowl and a win over Northwestern on Saturday could help land a more prestigious postseason destination. Trouble is, the Illini aren’t sure if Brandon Peters will start at quarterback. Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, coach...

No. 19 Iowa shuts down Illinois 19-10 behind Stanley, Duncan

Nov. 23, 2019 4:55 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s defense made sure the team that was leading the nation in turnover margin gave up the ball. The No. 19 Hawkeyes forced three turnovers in Saturday’s 19-10 win over Illinois, another stout performance from a defense that has been shutting teams down all season....

Surging Illinois faces stern test on the road vs No. 19 Iowa

Nov. 22, 2019 12:54 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Illinois takes its stirring run in the Big Ten this season to another house of horrors on Saturday. No 19 Iowa has dominated the Fighting Illini over the past decade and has not lost to Illinois at home since 1999. Iowa also handed Illinois a 63-0 loss in Champaign a year ago, a...

No. 19 Iowa seeking 11th win over Illinois in 12 tries

Nov. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EST

Illinois (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at No. 19 Iowa (7-3, 4-3), Saturday at 12 p.m. EST (BTN). Line: Iowa by 15 1/2. Series record: Illinois leads 38-34-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE Iowa has won 10 of its last 11 over Illinois dating to 2000. But the Fighting Illini have taken four straight games and are looking for their...

Illinois joins list of bowl eligible with huge comeback

Nov. 10, 2019 3:37 PM EST

Several more teams became bowl eligible this week — none with more flair than Illinois. The Illini beat Michigan State 37-34 after trailing 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 at the start of the fourth. It's the first time Illinois has been bowl eligible since 2014, and it was the biggest comeback in...

Illinois storms back to beat Michigan State 37-34

Nov. 9, 2019 9:48 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lovie Smith and Illinois are now eligible for a bowl after the biggest comeback in school history. The Illini did it by forcing turnovers — no surprise there — and when that wasn't enough, Brandon Peters and Josh Imatorbhebhe were there to keep the rally going....

Illinois can become bowl eligible by beating Michigan State

Nov. 8, 2019 2:13 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One stat jumps out at Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio when he talks about Illinois. "Turnovers," Dantonio said. "I think turnovers give you a chance to even up the playing field. You know, when you're plus-three turnovers against Wisconsin, all of a sudden, the game gets a...

No. 5 Penn St., No. 13 Minnesota set for clash of unbeatens

Nov. 7, 2019 3:01 AM EST

What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota The Nittany Lions (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) and Gophers (8-0, 5-0, No. 17) play in what Minnesota coach PJ Fleck is calling one of the biggest games in program history. The last time two top-15 teams in The...