Illini grade vs. Buckeyes: B

Illini grade vs. Buckeyes: B

Bob Asmussen's take on Saturday's 60-35 Ohio State win


Player of the Game: Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde

For the third consecutive game, an opposing runner hit the 200-yard mark. Not good, except if you are Hyde. Nice bounce back from the troubled offseason to a 246-yard, four-TD game against the Illini.



Illinois B, Ohio State A

The Illini would have earned an A if not for the turnovers. The Buckeyes just missed gaining 600 yards despite a shaky day throwing by Braxton Miller. Loren Tate called him “Wild.”



Illinois D, Ohio State C

The Illini did manage to force seven punts and made just enough stops to keep the game within reach. The Buckeyes never would have guessed they’d need another Bradley Roby return for a touchdown.


Special teams

Illinois B+, Ohio State C-

V’Angelo Bentley got the fans off their feet with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter. It was the first punt return TD for the Illini in 10 years and allows us to put the name E.B. Halsey back in the paper.



Illinois B, Ohio State B

Lots of points. Lots of bad defense. And the Illini easily covering the pointspread. Have to think control-freak Urban Meyer didn’t see that one coming.

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PortlandIllini wrote on November 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Bob,   your column reveals how low our expectations have dropped concerning Illini Football in the Beckman/Banks era.      It is pretty hard to find positive things to say about a defense that gave up 60 points and 591 yards in offense to Ohio State: and yet you did.     I find it cold comfort to discover that Ohio State  had to punt seven times today or that the team covered the point spread.   

JDG613 wrote on November 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Great.  Not only is our team bringing disappointment to its own fans, but now the sideline "scuffle" between Beckman and Cubit is out on national news sites for the whole world to see how ridiculous our coaching staff is.  Beckman seems to be in over his head, and this certainly doesn't help buy him any time to turn around the woeful program.  I will be very surprised, and equally disappointed, if B is around for another year of 0-fer Big 10 football.    The Head Coach grades out at an F-.

jjohnson wrote on November 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Boy you guys are tough, but also not too sharp. Hyde got more than 100 of those yards late in the fourth; lies, damned lies, and statistics. OSU was better than us, and for you fools who think it is because of Beckman, he has not been around long enough to lay it on him. Will he work out? I hope so, and coming from 28-0 to making a game of it shows that there is an intangible that you (apparently TV viewers and not attendees) miss: over their heads they may be, but this is a fighting Fighting Illini group. 

JDG613 wrote on November 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

There was nothing in my message about the team not trying, and not competing.  And if you want to talk about being "sharp," then maybe you can explain why you bring up a point (Hyde's yardage) that wasn't mentioned in ANY of the previous 3 posts.  Or maybe you need us "fools" to explain the big words for you??

Profilo wrote on November 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

A question/reminder to my fellow fans who are feeling disgruntled, unhappy about the season:


was this season supposed to go any different? You guys remember any sportswriter prediction before the season? most of them said anything above 4 Ws would be considered (mark my words) a SUCCESS. And some even doubt that the team could improve of their 2-10 mark. Of course, once the outliers showed up (i.e. wins against subpar teams-SIU, MIAMI,OH, and an average CIncy team) everyone thought we’d had turn the corner. So just to refresh our biased memory, this season WAS NOt SUPPOSED TO MAKE US HAPPY, it was about seeing the signs of a team moving in an upward direction in most if not all phases of the game. And now during at least 2 B1G games (PSU and IU) we’ve seen some strides again on offense and special teams, and a mostly talentless D finally getting some stops, just like they did again yesterday against OSU. If you dont think our D was any good yesterday, just read what Urban Meyer had to say: “I did get tight,” Buckeyes’ coach Urban Meyer said. “We were playing a quarterback (Nathan Scheelhaase) that is creating plays on you. Offensively, we had too many three-and-outs.” So as foolish as Beckman looked (yet again) IS JUST NOT TRUE THAT THE IMPROVEMENT ISNT THERE 


illinifaningeorgia wrote on November 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

The improvement IS there--but only on the offense and special teams.  The defense, for the most part,  is still horrible (114th out of 123 schools in points allowed).  The sad part is that the few quality players that we have, virtually all on offense,  are mostly seniors.  The 2 or 3 good defensive players are seniors also.  With next year's recruiting class being rated the worst in the B1G (67th overall by Scout, 55th by Rivals), and the vast majority of the crappy defensive players coming back, I wouldn't expect much improvement, if any, next year. 

illiniorange wrote on November 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Urban Myer is TB's friend. He recommended TB for the Illinois job. Hes' not going to kick him when he's already down. THEosu could have hung 100 pts on the Illini, but chose to back off and treat the game like a prep team scrimmage working out the kinks for their real games. We are everyone's circled games for the guaranteed W. Illini Football: "Handing out career games like Halloween candy." End of story.