UI grade vs. Indiana: D

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld
The superstar quarterback (Gunner Kiel) spurned them for Notre Dame. But Californian Sudfeld is working out just fine. The freshman came on in relief of Cameron Coffman and fired two touchdown passes. He might have earned himself a start next week against Iowa.

OFFENSE
Indiana B-, Illinois C-

The Illini outgained the Hoosiers by 80 yards but hurt themselves with penalties, turnovers and dropped passes. When Indiana got close to the end zone, it put points on the board. The up-tempo offense we heard about was overrated. Instead, Indiana won the old-fashioned way.

DEFENSE
Indiana C, Illinois C

Neither team is going to remind you of the Chicago Bears. Or of the Chicago Blitz (ask your parents). But the Hoosiers were much better at putting Illinois behind the chains, pestering Nathan Scheelhaase with well-timed sacks. Bad news for the Illini: Braxton Miller is a whole lot better than the Indiana quarterbacks.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Indiana B, Illinois D

The Hoosiers made the one mandatory play, recovering a fumbled punt by Tommy Davis. The Northern Illinois transfer was replaced as the punt returner and Darius Millines was able to hang on to the ball the rest of the way. But the damage had been done.

OVERALL
Indiana B, Illinois D

Kevin Wilson has his first Big Ten win. It won’t be his last. Tim Beckman continues to look for his first conference victory. It’s hard to imagine that win coming this season. At least Illinois had the lead, however briefly. That probably won’t happen again for a while.

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jimbo2009 wrote on October 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

"D"??????  We just lost to freaking IU in FOOTBALL on our home turf in a Homecoming game and we deserve a "D"?  IU the doormat for B10 FB programs.  It's a total "F" and I'm not talking just about the grade. 

Dan Bloeme wrote on October 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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Relax Jimbo . . it was truly, absolutely a "F" all the way.

Losing to IU on homecoming totally unforgivable Clown Beckman.

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bluehavana wrote on October 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Wrapped in a deep B1G losing streak, two prevaling thoughts on the field struck me today...

1) Nathan Scheelhaase is in the middle of year 3 of his collegiate football career, and has nearly zero ability to read a defense.  Indiana didn't have a great pass rush, thereby leaving NS in the pocket without a natural trigger to run.  The results were abysmal, don't blame those sacks on the offensive line.

2) Two classic examples of Frank Beamer and Jim Harbaugh at Va Tech and the 49'ers should have been Beckman's lead to focus on specialty teams to make a notable early splash as the new Illini coach.  Instead these teams are no better than the ratings coach Zook left them in his final season.  Giving a coach time to build a program is one thing. Seeing tangible reasons to believe he is a capable pigskin carpenter is clearly another.  So far the results are very suspect.

zyoungbl wrote on October 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

As an alum I am glad I didn't waste the money on a ticket or the time to drive 2.5 hours to watch this embarrassment we like to call "Illinios Football."  This is a cruel, 2-decade-long joke being played on us and it's flat out embarrassing.  I feel sorry for the media that have to cover this piece of hot-garbage and the faithful season ticket holders who showup for every game.  Beckman is in way over his head and I doubt his players have ever believed in him or his "system" one bit from day one.  Going 0-13 but showing progress is one thing.  What we're seeing now is just flat-out no heart, undisciplined, garbage football.  Major, earthshattering changes are needed and fast or this program will become even more irrelevant than it already is.    

patrick wrote on October 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I fully agree, zyoung.  As an alum of 40+ years, I've seen some very bad Illini teams. Some of the Valek , Blackman, Tepper teams were simply awful, but this bunch may be the worst. I don't want much--just a team that ALWAYS tries hard, plays clean and improves a bit. However, I see little of any of that.

i'd almost prefer a team of walk-ons. Yes, we'd likely go 0-13, but we alums and fans could get behind them and hope that they'd overachieve from time to time.

Then, there's the coaching staff...I don't expect to "contend" at this early point. I do expect to see a team that's disciplined, schooled in the fundamentals and always tries hard. The coaches are there to "coach". If they're doing that, the message isn't getting through.

in my many years of being an Illini fan, I've never been ashamed of an Illinois team, but I am now ashamed of this aggregation of coaches and players.

As a final rant, I direct this to the coaching staff: don't talk about how hard you're working, how many hours you put in. Perhaps, you're not cut out to to coach. If so, move on...there's no shame in admitting that you don't have the talent to be a decent coach. Admit it, collect your severance, and move on.

Illinibill wrote on October 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Coaching is terrible. However game after game the players are not motivated. There are no leaders on the field,this team has lost before they leave the locker room. No coaching motivation...no player leadership.

 

 

dave1956 wrote on October 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

If there are any worse college  football team in America than Illinois i would like to know it. Maybe we should drop out of the NCAA and become a div111 team.