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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...

Illinois crushes Akron 42-3 in home opener

Aug. 31, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — In his Illinois debut on Saturday, quarterback Brandon Peters showed more than 30,000 Illini fans that he can pass and run and do both pretty well. Peters, a graduate transfer from Michigan, went 14 of 23 for 163 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while running for another...

Dicamba complaints continue despite federal, state efforts

Aug. 31, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — For the third straight year, a volatile pesticide is damaging crops across the Midwest and South, despite federal and state efforts to lessen the drift. Since 2017, farmers have sprayed an increasing amount of the weed killer, called dicamba, on soybean and cotton crops genetically...

Illinois confident going into home opener vs Zips

Aug. 30, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The buzzword this year for fourth-year coach Lovie Smith's Illinois team is "relevant." After ending last season at 4-8, Smith and the Illini can't help but also feeling a bit encouraged. "This is so exciting," Smith said as Illinois prepares to open its season Saturday against Akron...