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Texas Bowl notebook: Liuget pondering NFL

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If Corey Liuget decides to leave early for the NFL, he'll have a pretty good tape to show the NFL scouts.


Illini basketball grade: B plus

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Demetri McCamey, Illinois


Tate: A happy ending

HOUSTON – Illinois wowed the rain-soaked fans of the nation's fourth-largest city Wednesday and ejected a back-riding monkey like a wild steer throwing a cowboy.

Count the ways Illinois turned the beast:


Illini party like it's 1999

HOUSTON – They stormed the field as if they had won the Rose Bowl. Or the BCS Championship game. A year after 3-9, any bowl win feels great.

Led by a redshirt freshman quarterback and a record-setting townie, Illinois won its first postseason game since 1999.


Wednesday's prep highlights: M-S boys earn fifth place

Boys' basketball

At State Farm Classic

Reid Farchmin scored a game-high 17 points for Mahomet-Seymour in its 46-44 overtime victory against Lake Forest in the fifth-place game for large schools. Adam Guth added 11 points for the Bulldogs.


Comeback by Vikings hits overtime snag

PONTIAC – D'Lando Carter forced one overtime Wednesday, but he couldn't create a second one.


Tuscola loses thriller

MONTICELLO – Four games in three days and not one team in the Sages Holiday Hoopla was able to figure out how to beat Neoga.

The Indians took the tournament title by holding off Tuscola 46-42, handing the Warriors their first loss of the season.


Live from Iowa City

No. 23 Illinois 87, Iowa 77: FINAL

IOWA CITY — Illinois hasn't forgotten how to win. But 17 days in between victories will make it seem that way.


Texas Bowl TV guide

What UI fans must be thinking: Ron Zook for mayor! With all the guys we'll have back, we should win nine games next year.


Texas Bowl grade: A

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