Posted October 01, 2011 on
The Fighting Illini football team came back from deficits twice to pull out an exciting 38-35 triumph over the inspired Northwestern Wildcats at Memorial Stadium Saturday. Hope was fading when the Illini put together two big fourth quarter scoring drives for the win. The Illini are now 5-0, 1-0 in the Big Ten, with their first Big Ten road game upcoming at Indiana.
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Fighting Illini head coach Ron Zook spoke with the media Sunday by teleconference. There were few concerns registered after the Illini moved to 5-0 on the season with a stirring triumph over Northwestern Saturday. But there were plenty of odds and ends worth reviewing and updating.
That type of conduct won't be accepted, Illinois coach Ron Zook said.
Who said a center can't be tall? Sure, some have trouble getting their pads low enough to neutralize short, hard-charging nose tackles. But technique is more important than height. Just ask Fighting Illini center Graham Pocic. Now in his second year as a starter, he's compensated quite nicely despite being one of the tallest centers in captivity.
Northwestern and Illinois will fight for the Land of Lincoln Trophy on Saturday, but a lot more is on the line in this rivalry. Both the Wildcats and Fighting Illini are finding reasons to be motivated, setting the stage for an entertaining clash on Saturday.
Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left Saturday to lead No. 24 Illinois to a 38-35 comeback win over Northwestern. The sophomore QB threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Illini (5-0, 1-0). All three TD passes went to A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards.
Illinois drove 69 yards in the final minute to remain perfect with a 38-35 win over Northwestern. Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins had a school-record 269 yards and three touchdowns.
Holding an 18-point lead midway through the third quarter, it seemed Northwestern was in a great position to win back the Land of Lincoln Trophy. Instead, Illinois had other plans. The Fighting Illini took the lead late in the fourth quarter, and would hold on in the final minutes, beating the Wildcats 38-35.
The Fighting Illini football team hosts Northwestern Saturday for Homecoming. This game begins the Big 10 season and is extremely important for both teams. InsideIllini asked Chris Emma, publisher of the Northwestern Scout website, to answer questions of interest to Illini fans. His answers follow.
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa threatened to steal the show, but Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase owned the last act. Scheelhaase squirmed his way into the end zone from a half-yard out with 13 seconds left Saturday to lead No. 24 Illinois back -- for the second time -- to beat Northwestern, 38-35.
The University of Illinois softball team used its trio of pitchers to throw a no-hitter against visiting Parkland on Friday afternoon, coming away victorious, 14-0.
It's Homecoming again, the 102nd year the Fighting Illini have encouraged their alumni to return for a gala weekend, topped off by a rugged Big 10 football game. This year, Northwestern invades Memorial Stadium with payback in mind and their star quarterback ready for action. The Illini are preparing for a war to begin the conference season.
Gameday is here! The Wildcats and Fighting Illini are set to square off in Champaign. Get set for kickoff and catch up on the week that was for the Wildcats. PurpleWildcats.com has you covered.
After Illinois took a 1-0 lead into the locker room, Kate McCusker's first career goal tied it for Indiana (5-6-1, 1-3 Big Ten) less than three minutes after halftime. But the Fighting Illini (7-4-1, 1-2-1 Big Ten) scored a trio of goals over the final 40 minutes to hand IU the 4-1 loss.