News and notes from Monday''s UI practice:
Illinois center Tom Schau is done for the season. The junior from Bloomington missed the last three games with an ankle injury. Tests showed a stress fracture, which will require six to eight weeks of rest. "It had to be addressed," UI coach Ron Turner said. "It will eventually heal and he should be fine for spring ball." With Schau out, Chris Brown will stay at center and J.P. Machado continues at left guard. Schau is the second starter lost for the season. Defensive end Rameel Connor suffered a torn ligament in his knee during Illinois'' opener against Southern Mississippi.
CHANGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
With no game on Saturday, Turner took the day off. He took his kids to pick out a pumpkin, watched his son play football and then settled in for a night at home. He kept the remote control busy, flipping between college football games and the World Series. Who is Turner rooting for in the fall classic? "For the first time ever in my life, I''m rooting for the American League (Cleveland)," Turner said. Why not the Florida Marlins? The National League winner eliminated Turner''s San Francisco Giants in the divisional playoffs.
RANKING THE POLLS:
Turner didn''t agree with Penn State''s demotion in the national polls. The Nittany Lions dropped to No. 2 after Saturday''s 16-15 win over Minnesota. "I don''t think it should have happened," Turner said. "If you''re No. 1 and you win, that''s the bottom line. That''s why there''s teams that when they''re up 50-0 continue to throw the ball and blitzing and keep their starters in to try to win the favor of the people doing the voting."
Defensive end Ryan Murphy is back with the team after missing three games with a sprained ankle. The bye week gave defensive tackle Garrett Johnson a chance to recover from a foot injury.
Murphy''s return meant one of the defensive ends was going to lose his job. The choice is a bit of a surprise, with Karleton Thomas staying in the lineup and Jeff Weisse moving to second team.
COUNTDOWN TO PURDUE: 4 DAYS
Ten yards from the end zone with 10 seconds left, Illinois had a chance in the 1994 game. Illini quarterback Johnny Johnson hit Ken Dilger, who headed toward the end zone. But Purdue''s John Jackson hit Dilger low and stopped him a yard short of the touchdown, preserving the Boilermakers'' 22-16 win.