Ohio State 52, UI 22: Just the facts

Ohio State 52, UI 22: Just the facts

A quick take on Saturday's loss at Ohio State

Play of the game: Trailing 10-6 early in the second quarter, Illinois punter Justin DuVernois, with a chance to pin the Buckeyes deep, connected on a 22-yard kick that set Ohio State up at its own 36. Ohio State scored five plays later and was well on the way to 10-0.

Numbers game: 220

The game was decided in the second quarter when the Buckeyes picked up 220 of their 567 yards of offense and outscored Illinois 24-0 en route to a 31-6 halftime lead.

What it means: It’s official. Illinois’ streak of consecutive bowl appearances has ended at two. The sixth consecutive loss was the seventh of the season, assuring that the Illini won’t reach the requisite six wins.

What’s next: Illinois is playing for pride. The first opportunity comes Saturday at home against Minnesota. The Gophers (5-4) still have a chance to become bowl eligible despite Saturday’s 35-13 loss at the hands of Michigan and backup quarterback Devin Gardner.

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CecilColeman wrote on November 03, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Pride?  I thought we were playing for steaks and cupcakes.

Illiniwek11 wrote on November 03, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Just the facts:  

1.  We have a "QB" that can't throw the ball longer than 3 yards

2.  We have a "punter" who cant kick the ball farther than 15 yards

3.  We have "coaches" who would be out-schemed by a monkey

illinifaningeorgia wrote on November 04, 2012 at 8:11 am

I think you're being unfair to the monkeys.

OKOMIS wrote on November 04, 2012 at 7:11 am

Hard to argue.. although I think your being generous with our quarterback.. man he looks bad!!

illinifaningeorgia wrote on November 04, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Note to those making excuses for Scheelhaase's obvious deficiencies at QB as being caused, in large part, to an inept offensive line: 

Illinois' 2013 recruiting class is ranked #26 by Rivals.  That's the good news.  The bad news:  of the current 19 recruits who have committed, only 2 are OL, and they are both at the bottom of the quality list as 2-star recruits.  Let's hope the JC thing works out for Beckman.