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Illinois stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on last-second FG

Oct. 19, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back. Illinois had other plans. James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and the Illini pulled off...

Illinois stuns No. 6 Badgers 24-23 on McCourt game-ending FG

Oct. 19, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and Illinois pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season, knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on Saturday. Tony Adams picked off a pass by Jack Coan for the Illini (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten), who were 30 ½-point...

No. 6 Wisconsin hits the road against underdog Illinois

Oct. 18, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — No. 6 Wisconsin will find itself in strange surroundings Saturday — somewhere other than Camp Randall Stadium. After five straight home games, the Badgers will hit the road for the first time since the season opener when they visit Illinois on Saturday. The road game against...

No. 16 Michigan needs late surge to beat Illinois 42-25

Oct. 12, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A four-touchdown lead had been whittled to three and No. 16 Michigan needed a response to Illinois' 25 straight points. Shea Patterson and the Wolverines put together a long touchdown drive and the Michigan defense forced two turnovers in a late surge to hold off Illinois 42-25 on...

No. 16 Michigan needs late surge to beat Illinois 42-25

Oct. 12, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Hassan Haskins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown, Zach Charbonnet had 116 yards rushing, and No. 16 Michigan needed a late surge to put away Illinois 42-25 on Saturday. The Wolverines (5-1, 3-1 Big Ten) built a 28-0 lead by halftime, but turnovers and ineffective offense helped the...

No. 16 Michigan needs late surge to hold off Illinois 42-25

Oct. 12, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Hassan Haskins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown, Zach Charbonnet added 116 yards rushing, and No. 16 Michigan needed a late surge to put away Illinois 42-25 on Saturday. The Wolverines (5-1, 3-1 Big Ten) built a 28-0 lead by halftime, but turnovers and ineffective offense helped the...

Nebraska slips past Illinois 42-38 in conference opener

Sep. 22, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez took the blame for his team's poor first half performance against Illinois on Saturday night. "I didn't play as well tonight as I should have," he said. "I'll take the blame for that." He was serious, too. In reality, Martinez passed for 327 yards...

Last-second field goal lifts EMU over Illinois 34-31

Sep. 14, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton clearly enjoyed the postgame media gathering following his team's impressive last-second 34-31 road win over Illinois on Saturday. "I love this team," he said, smiling. "I mean, wow. What a great bunch of guys." Creighton had good reason to be...

Illinois eyes 3-0 start, faces tough Eastern Michigan team

Sep. 13, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Lovie Smith understands the challenge his team will face this weekend. Illinois is coming off wins against Akron and UConn to open the season, but will host Eastern Michigan on Saturday while dealing with injury issues to some of its best players. Led by quarterback Mike Glass III,...

Illini running back has 3rd straight season-ending injury

Sep. 2, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois running back Mike Epstein has sustained a season-ending injury for the third straight year. Coach Lovie Smith said Monday the junior hurt his knee in the third quarter of the opener against Akron. Epstein has played 13 games over three seasons and rushed for 802 yards and...