A look at how former Illini fared in the NFL in Week 13:
While beat writer MATT DANIELS wishes a real top hat was awarded to the winner of the Illinois-Northwestern game, here are three things he learned Saturday:
Here is how Bob Asmussen voted in this week's AP poll:
Good football teams have been known to give up 37 points and win.
The game is peaking in a high-scoring era. Fresno State was headed for a major bowl and ran into a 62-point onslaught. Ohio State got away with allowing 41 on Saturday at Michigan. Oregon won 36-35. Alabama was headed for a three-peat before permitting 34.
So it’s common.
CHAMPAIGN — Some shed tears.
A few walked slowly. Heads down. Shoulders slumped.
Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas was there, doling out handshakes and hugs when needed before the Illinois players jogged or walked into the locker room.
On this date
Nine years ago Sunday, Illinois’ fifth-ranked basketball team dismantled No. 1 Wake Forest and All-American Chris Paul, 91-73, at the Assembly Hall. Illinois led by as many as 32. Roger Powell scored 19 points, while Dee Brown and Luther Head each added 16. Deron Williams had 11 assists. Other memorable Illini events on this date:
In the grand scheme of things ...
College football writer and longtime AP Top 25 voter Bob Asmussen’s assessment after the 14th week of the season — and a season-ending Illinois loss
— You won’t hear the school’s new career total offense leader brag about his feat. Ever.
CHAMPAIGN — One of the top quarterbacks in school history went to the center of the field for Senior Day activities Saturday.
Nathan Scheelhaase hugged mom LouAnn and wife Morgan. Next, he hugged Illinois coach Tim Beckman. Followed by a family photo.
But someone was missing. Glaringly so.