CHAMPAIGN – Their teammate on the ground, knocked out by a ferocious hit, the Illinois players forgot about football for a few moments.
With the clocking running out in the third quarter and his team near the Ohio State end zone, Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner decided to run.
Twenty years later, the number remains majestic: 621.
On Nov. 8, 1980, Illinois quarterback Dave Wilson set an NCAA record with 621 passing yards against Ohio State. Nobody before Wilson ever hit 600, Brigham Young's Marc Wilson coming the closest with 571.
Illini 76, Thunder 57
CHAMPAIGN – Whenever possible, John Lawson likes to meet college coaches the day before a game. And the coaches will happily take the time to talk to the Citrus Bowl representative.
Lawson spent a few moments with Ron Turner on Friday at Memorial Stadium. He will also attend today's game with another scout.
CHAMPAIGN – Lucas Johnson fired up a 3-footer from 4 feet away. Jerrance Howard missed a layup that would have made his junior high coach blush. Brian Cook was lucky to hit rim on several of his three-point attempts. Marcus Griffin shot free throws like a Lakers center.
And Bill Self enjoyed every minute.
Buckeyes vs. Illini
How many points does it take to win a football game?
Michigan scored 51 at Northwestern last week. Oops, not enough!
Don Hardin somehow still can joke about it. Maybe it's because his team's injury siege officially has passed the point of absurdity.
Whenever the Illinois volleyball coach glanced at his bench Friday night at Huff Hall, the injured in his view outnumbered the healthy.
CHAMPAIGN – What started as a class of 20 is down to eight.
One was a skinny tight end few believed in (Fred Wakefield). One was a star defensive end who wasn't qualified (Mike Young). One had NCAA Clearinghouse troubles and had to return home for a year (Jason Eberhart).