Game notes: 'It's laying the foundation of who I am'

CHAMPAIGN — Nice finish, Dre Brown.

After missing two years with injuries, the Illini running back showed the skill set that first drew Illinois' coaching staff to him.

Thomas: 'Not impossible for us to get this together'

Hear from Illinois quarterback Cam Thomas and running back Dre Brown after the Illini lost to Northwestern 42-7 in their season finale Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Smith: 'Have to look to the future'

Illinois coach Lovie Smith discusses the Illini's 42-7 loss to Northwestern and breaks down what's next for his team after a 2-10 season.

LIVE! Northwestern

FINAL: Northwestern 42, Illinois 7 

Illinois Football vs Northwestern

University of Illinois Football team finishes at 2-10 after a 42-7 loss to Northwestern at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

Talking points with Teddy Greenstein

We asked Chicago Tribune football beat writer Teddy Greenstein his thoughts on the Wildcats going into today's Illinois-Northwestern game at Memorial Stadium.

Northwestern has a chance to win 10 games again. What is the key to Pat Fitzgerald's success?

Final word: 'He's living his dream'

CHAMPAIGN — Which family wins the "longest commute contest" with the Illinois football team this week? Easy answer: the Hayes family.

Blake Hayes' parents Georgina and Ronan, and his older brother Max, traveled 9,611 miles from Melbourne, Australia to hang out with their favorite punter for today's season finale against Northwestern.

How they line up: Northwestern at Illinois, 3 p.m. today

Illini (2-9 overall, 0-8 Big Ten)



10 Quarterback Cam Thomas 6-2 190 Fr.

22 Running back Kendrick Foster 5-9 190 Sr.

15 Wide receiver Trenard Davis 6-0 190 So.

13 Wide receiver Caleb Reams 6-2 250 So.

Game Day Q&A: Brandon Roberts

He walked on way back in 2013. Since then, Brandon Roberts has changed positions and head coaches (twice). This afternoon, the tight end from Peoria will greet his parents, Christina and James, on the field for the senior-day festivities and try not to cry. Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen sat down with the communications grad earlier in the week:

UI roundup: Illini football adds grad transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Three days before the end of the 2017 season, Lovie Smith found some help for 2018.

On Wednesday, Appalachian State receiver Shaedon Meadors said on Twitter he will transfer to Illinois for his final season. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible.