UI grade vs. Penn State: F

Player of the game: Penn State’s Michael Mauti
Twice he’s suffered knee injuries that ended his season. And he doesn’t appear to have a lost a step. Two picks. Six tackles. One satisfying win for the outspoken Nittany Lion.

Illinois: F
Penn State: B

Until a final drive, the Illini managed only 11 first downs. Penn State rushed for four touchdowns. Illinois needed trickery to score its only TD.

Illinois: D
Penn State: A

The Illinois secondary, already dangerously thin, took another hit, literally, when Earnest Thomas was ejected for a hit on Penn State’s Matt Lehman.

Special teams
Illinois: F
Penn State: B

How’s this for a special teams first quarter: Fumbled punt, running-into-the-kicker penalty, missed field goal and allowing a long punt return.

Illinois: F
Penn State: A

Penn State has outscored opponents 49-0 in the first quarter. But given the Illini’s listless showing against Louisiana Tech, shouldn’t we expect a greater fight from the get-go?

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CecilColeman wrote on September 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

The whole season has been an "F".  Disgusting..............

CILsportsfan wrote on September 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

What a step back...  I was seing some confidence building in the program over the last two years (despite the bad second half of last year)...  It's going to be tough for Coach B, with not track record or reputation, to turn this around.  (I hope I'm wrong...  but 2016 bowl appearance is on the horizon)

PeterE wrote on September 30, 2012 at 12:09 am


They have failed all their big tests miserably. Getting close to time for expulsion.


PeterE wrote on September 30, 2012 at 12:09 am


They have failed all their big tests miserably. Getting close to time for expulsion.


OKOMIS wrote on September 30, 2012 at 7:09 am

Just because Jeffrey Dahmer ate his victims didn’t make me like Charles Manson any more… the state of the program is as bad as it’s ever been.. our team looks shamefully out coached and undisciplined. But just because this staff appears to be doing so bad, doesn’t in any way change the fact the last one should have been replaced 2 years earlier, and who knows who we could have gotten.. Charlie Strong?? Thanks Ron G…. Our last excuse for an AD got us in this position.. if and when our present one continues to tolerate this S#!T we’re seeing then he’s not doing his job..

Dan Bloeme wrote on September 30, 2012 at 8:09 am
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Is it too soon to remove this vomitous clown Beckman and his equally incompetent clownish staff from the football program? Forget how that might make Illinois look by firing the AD and football coaches so soon after they were hired. Heck, Illinois can't be any more humiliated or look any worse as a national laughing stock and punchline than they are already, having been totally thrashed and blown out in 3 out of their first 5 games so far. All areas of the team look poorly coached and ill-prepared and Illinois might as well have Bozo the Clown in charge with his band of clowns destroying every aspect of offense, defense and special teams equally turning them into slapstick comedy and making Illinois a national punchline and laughing stock. Is it too soon, nah, it can't happen soon enough to yank these sickening clowns from their stage. Give them the Zook, errrr hook. Do it soon before all the recruits and fans desert and no decent coach can be bought at any price.

Moonpie wrote on September 30, 2012 at 10:09 am

Well, so much for all-knowing Obi Wan Tate predicting they'd be good this year. They played as bad as his condescending columns.

And surely his next one will cklaim that if the traitorous fans would just blindly support the team, all will be well.

Not Hardly, as John Wayne liked to say in Big Jake.This team lacks talent, lacks speeed, lacks heart.

As for Beckman--too soon to know. You have to give a coach at least his first season to know how he has settled in and can handle the team. Likely Beckman is stunned to discover that his Toledo teams made fewer dumbo mistakes and protected the ball better than a Big Ten team.

Finally--Little Nathan isn't leading this team anywhere. The season is in the tank and so play O'Toole to see if he can be developed. Enough with the little running QBs.

DaisyJ wrote on September 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

I understand losing.

But, have trouble with the coach's statements. Have trouble with the handling of the team on the sideline. Have trouble with lots of trouble thinking the same offense Sheel used last year would work this year with Scheel. The teams we beat were patsies. The teams we lost to made us look like punching bags. And attendence, well that will be his down fall.

Moonpie wrote on September 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

The new helmets are appropriate--they make you think you are watching Indiana!