October 1999

October 1999

Sticky fingers

CHAMPAIGN – Burn Tony Francis on a touchdown pass and he'll trot out his favorite motto: Don't get mad. Get an interception. Or two.

Twenty minutes into Saturday's game against Penn State, the Illini senior cornerback was looking for some payback.

Game 8 Stats

How they scored

Illinois struggles on unfamiliar course

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – No Illinois runner had raced on Penn State's hilly cross-country course before Saturday's Big Ten meet.

It showed.

Illinois volleyball takes hit

Illinois no longer is thinking about winning a Big Ten volleyball title. It's more worried about an NCAA berth.

The Illini capped an 0-2 weekend with a five-game loss at Purdue on Saturday. The 15-9, 15-9, 6-15, 6-15, 15-10 setback left Illinois at 12-6 overall, 8-4 Big Ten.

Good news: At least Illini broke a sweat

Ron Turner won't have his regulars in pads today like he did the afternoon after Minnesota, tackling each other despite all their aches and pains. He won't have them jog to Sadorus and back or dig ditches around Memorial Stadium.

He can save his motivational tricks for another day, because the Illini tried Saturday. They huffed and puffed for all four quarters.

Illini unable to go back for seconds

CHAMPAIGN – For the second week in a row, Illinois trailed a heavily favored Top 10 team going into the fourth quarter.

For the second week in a row, the Illinois players believed they could rally from a double-digit deficit.

Harvey's highlight reel all Illinois can muster

Veteran Steve Havard has had his moments. And newcomer Antoineo Harris had his shot.

But diminutive sophomore Rocky Harvey, capitalizing Saturday on his first start since last season, is the Illini running back for the upcoming three-game "bowl quest."

Illini Women's Basketball Report


Senior Susan Blauser is working out the kinks in her troublesome left ankle. The all-Big Ten forward had surgery in April to remove a bone chip that doctors discovered before the 1998-99 season. Blauser chose to wait until after the season to have it removed.

Tatelines: PSU defense keeps Kittner under wraps

Mighty Penn State rumbled Saturday into Memorial Stadium and chopped off the Illini's good right arm.

It might as well have been a howling minus-30 degrees – instead of an Indian Summer day in the 70s – because Ron Turner's aerial game was frozen in time.

Johnson leaves Illinois bench

   CHAMPAIGN  For the first time since Week 2, Kirk Johnson played quarterback for Illinois in Saturday''s 27-7 loss to No. 2 Penn State.

   He''ll return to the bench against Iowa.