Illini grade vs. ASU: D-minus

Illini grade vs. ASU: D-minus

Our take on Saturday's 45-14 loss to Arizona State:

Player of the game: Arizona State's Taylor Kelly

The sophomore quarterback looked like a season veteran in his first start against an FBS opponent — and second career start overall. Kelly completed his first 10 passes for 131 yards and a couple of touchdowns to set the tone and get the Sun Devils an early cushion.


Illinois D

Arizona State A

Boy, does Illinois miss Nathan Scheelhaase. The veteran quarterback sat this one out and his replacements looked rattled and made repeated mistakes when trying to force the action.


Illinois D

Arizona State B

The Illinois unit that looked so good in the season opener against Western Michigan looked overmatched by the speedy Sun Devils. With a so-so offense, these guys are going to have to play a lot better.

Special teams

Illinois C

Arizona State B

The only real action for the Illini on special team was punter Justin DuVernois. The sophomore, who had a shaky freshman season in 2011, booted a 51-yarder in the second half and avoided making any mistakes.


Illinois D-

Arizona State A

The West Coast problems continue for the Illini, who are 2-8 in their last 10 trips to the Pac-12. The good news is they return home next week against an FCS opponent, so Tim Beckman's squad likely will get a jolt of confidence after Saturday's stinker.

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Salt Life wrote on September 09, 2012 at 3:09 am
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F . . Let's not mince words. It was a major "Fail" all the way around.

ASFischer92 wrote on September 09, 2012 at 7:09 am

Spare the pleasantries, it was an F on all aspects.

Dan Bloeme wrote on September 09, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Pleasantries? Illini plainly stunk up the joint on national TV no less.

Welcome to the Beckman era! MAC football at it's finest!

jimbo2009 wrote on September 09, 2012 at 7:09 am

F for total failure!!!

big10bum wrote on September 09, 2012 at 3:09 pm

A little concerning when the fanbase is told over the last few weeks about a "great" defense. Did we get one sack or any pressure in the backfield last night? We got blown out by a team on our same level & with a brand new staff? The sun devils appeared to be doing anything resembling special or unique in their play calling, and we were lost from the opening kick! Could be a long season, on the bright side, shouldn't have any post game or pre game traffic issues. :)

Cliff63 wrote on September 09, 2012 at 4:09 pm
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Last week after the touchdown pass the calls were just too conservative which showed a lack of confidence on the coaches parts. 

This week we would have been better off with last years coaching staff as we actually beat ASU then.  I hope this is not a sign that things will progessive get worse but I am afraid it will.  There are several teams with new coaching staffs and they are already doing much better than the Illini.

I'm afraid we are headed for sever more years of a poor program and the poor attendance it brings.  I used to be a season ticket holder but no more.


CecilColeman wrote on September 09, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Giving this team anything above an "F" for that awful performance is like saying Blago was a decent governor.

And will someone please tell Ferguson when to run the kickoff back  - - - and when to stay in the end zone and take a knee? 

It seems to me that just last year, Ron Zook prepared and coached the Illini to a victory over the same Sun Devils. I'm just sayin.................

IllSoCal wrote on September 10, 2012 at 1:09 am

Attended the game with some ASU friends. I expected something similar to the performance in last year’s bowl game in SF: not much offense but a stout defense that might be enough to make the game interesting. It turned out it was pretty interesting for my ASU friends, but pretty embarrassing for any Illini fans.  Looked like two teams about equal talent-wise. The difference? One team had players able to implement a well developed game plan. And one team had players who could only count up to 86, because #87 roamed the Illini secondary un-recognized. Was there a defensive game plan? Was it shared with the defensive players?  I’m thinking 2 and 10 looks like a real possibility unless things change pretty dramatically. Oooph.

JESalukIL4ever wrote on September 10, 2012 at 7:09 am

F   F   F in every facet.  Is ASU ranked no. #1 in the country? (eye roll)

SwifferFan wrote on September 11, 2012 at 4:09 am

What happened to player conditioning since last year?  Even the announcers were commenting that the players looked like they were out of shape (yes, I know....altitude...or is that attitude?).  Are those beer bellies I see cropping up or just overeating?  Someone's not doing their job.  Want to grade that too?!!!  How can the players perform when they seem to have lost all discipline, including areas off the field, like conditioning.