Bob Asmussen

Bob Asmussen

Nov. 11 Asmussen Top 25

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of The Associated Press Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot:

 

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Notes: 'I love the kid'

LINCOLN, Neb. — AJ Bush Jr. finally got to play on Nebraska's home field.

And it went well.

A member of the Cornhuskers in 2014-15, Bush set an Illinois school record for rushing by a quarterback. His 187 yards on 25 carries topped the 174 yards by Juice Williams in a 2008 game against Eastern Illinois.

Loss to Cornhuskers forces Illini into win-out scenario

LINCOLN, Neb. — One and done.

That was the message from Lovie Smith after Nebraska defeated his third Illinois football team 54-35 Saturday at the other Memorial Stadium.

The Illini dropped to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten.

To achieve the season-long goal to play in a bowl game, the Illini must sweep Iowa and Northwestern the next two Saturdays.

Nebraska's Memorial Stadium 'like no other place I've ever played'

LINCOLN, Neb. — Illinois senior Nick Allegretti knows what will happen when his team runs off the field today at Memorial Stadium: applause. From the visiting fans.

That doesn't happen everywhere else. Or anywhere else.

"You almost think they're being sarcastic," Allegretti said. "We were winning at halftime and they're complimenting you.

Asmussen | For Bush Jr., today's game at Nebraska is a homecoming of sorts

LINCOLN, Neb. — AJ Bush Jr. is going home. Sort of.

Not home home. That would be the Atlanta area, where he went to high school.

Bush returns today to the other Memorial Stadium. The one in Lincoln with the big red N on the side.

Game day Q&A: 'It was lots of hugs'

Hard to believe, but Dre Brown's 72-yard jaunt into the end zone against Minnesota was his first college score. It marked another milestone for the running back, who has come all the way back from two knee injuries. Illinois beat writer BOB ASMUSSEN sat down with the DeKalb product earlier in the week:

Top of the Morning, Nov. 9, 2018

The WCIA sports department is back to full staff. MARLEE WIERDA starts next week as a reporter/anchor. Wierda fills the vacancy left when ANNICE McEWAN moved to a station in Louisville, Ky.

The recent Ithaca (N.Y.) College graduate was a volleyball defensive specialist for the Bombers.

Asmussen | A new calling for Miller

MONTICELLO — No Illinois player I have covered over the years had as much fun as Brit Miller. The high school quarterback turned Big Ten linebacker was always friendly. He made you laugh. A lot.

The kind of guy who would happily sit under a giant hair dyer at his mom's beauty salon for a photo. I was there and it still puts a smile on my face.

Asmussen | It's showtime for new group of Illini players

Christmas in November. That's what I like to call this time of year.

The sports I love most — college football and college basketball — are being played the same week.

Asmussen | Lovie should hire ... Lovie

I can save Illinois football a lot of time, trouble and money in its search for the next defensive coordinator.

He is already on the staff. Knows defense as well as any coach. And he gets along with the boss. Most times.

Lovie Smith should hire Lovie Smith.

"I know him really well," Smith said during Monday's press conference. "We're on the same page on a lot of things."

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