Latest Illinois Fighting Illini football News

Illinois assistant Byrd leaves program; 2 others join

Jan. 17, 2020 6:19 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois defensive passing game coordinator and safeties coach Gill Byrd said Friday he is leaving the program because of an unspecified illness in his family. Byrd, who worked with head coach Lovie Smith for three NFL teams, coached at Illinois for two seasons. “Gill Byrd...

Virginia wide receiver Hasise Dubois (8) scores a touchdown against Florida defensive back Marco Wilson (3) during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Perine leads No. 6 Gators past Virginia 36-28 in Orange Bowl

Dec. 31, 2019 12:00 AM EST

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Lamical Perine scored on a 61-yard run in the opening minute and didn't stop after that, totaling 181 yards rushing and receiving with three touchdowns Monday to help No. 6 Florida beat Virginia 36-28 in the Orange Bowl. Perine carried 13 times for a career-high 138 yards rushing...

California quarterback Chase Garbers (7) hands off to running back DeShawn Collins (26) against Illinois during the second half of the Redbox Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Garbers big day leads Cal past Illinois in Redbox Bowl

Dec. 30, 2019 8:58 PM EST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As a freshman a year ago, Chase Garbers was benched at halftime for ineffectiveness during his first trip to a bowl game. The California quarterback made his second appearance in the postseason much more memorable for both himself and the Golden Bears. Garbers threw four...

California's Wilcox looks for 1st bowl win against Illinois

Dec. 29, 2019 10:11 AM EST

Redbox Bowl: California (7-5) at Illinois (6-6), Monday at 4 p.m. EST (Fox). Line: California by 6½. Series record: Illinois leads 7-3. WHAT'S AT STAKE The Bears are in the postseason for a second consecutive season under third-year coach Justin Wilcox. The Fighting Illini will be attempting to win a bowl...

California coach Justin Wilcox, left, talks to an official during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

California takes on Illinois in Redbox Bowl

Dec. 29, 2019 10:03 AM EST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As a defensive-minded coach trying to find his way in college football, California’s Justin Wilcox was naturally drawn to watching tapes of Lovie Smith’s teams at Illinois. When the two coaches got together a few weeks ago to promote Monday’s Redbox Bowl,...

North Central of Illinois defensive back Julian Bell (1) is lifted up into the air by defensive back Dakota Cremeens (4) after intercepting his second Wisconsin-Whitewater pass of the night, during the fourth quarter of the NCAA Division III college football championship game Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Shenandoah, Texas. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

North Central wins first NCAA Division III football title

Dec. 21, 2019 1:30 AM EST

SHENENDOAH, Texas (AP) — North Central of Illinois made the most of its first trip to the NCAA Division III championship game, starting fast and never looking back. Ethan Greenfield ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns, Broc Rutter threw for 263 yards and two scores and North Central routed...

Illini sell more beer than expected at home football games

Dec. 10, 2019 4:25 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Football fans have been thirstier than expected, University of Illinois athletic officials said. Memorial Stadium beer sales totaled roughly $488,000 during home games this season, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported. When school officials announced plans earlier this year to sell...

Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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 wide receiver Riley Lees (19) catches a touchdown pass as Illinois defensive back Sydney Brown (30) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Champaign , Ill. Northwestern won 29-10. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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...

Northwestern quarterback Andrew Marty (7) celebrates with teammate Jared Thomas (65) after rushing for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA football game against Minnesota Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. Minnesota won 38-22. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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...