Foster, Illini running with a purpose

CHAMPAIGN — Kendrick Foster and Reggie Corbin walked out of the visiting locker room at High Point Solutions Stadium at the same time Saturday afternoon.

Not quite step for step, but close. The two Illinois running backs spearheaded a solid rushing game at Rutgers during the Illini’s 24-7 win against the Scarlet Knights.

Plays of the game - Rutgers

Better late than never, it's the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World WOW plays of the game from Lovie's first B1G win.

KV back!

The pride of Peoria strikes again...

Pick six!

To the Big House next week...


Oct. 16 Asmussen Top 25

Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of the AP Top 25 panel. Here
is this week's ballot:

Upon further review ... Focus now turns to Wolverines

Longtime college football writer and AP Top 25 voter Bob Asmussen weighs in on Saturday’s Illinois-Rutgers game:

Illini grade vs. Rutgers: B

Bob Asmussen hands out grades for Illinois following its win at Rutgers:

Player of the game
Illinois’ Kendrick Foster
The Illini version of the Little Engine That Could ran for 108 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a short touchdown pass. Combined with Reggie Corbin, they kept the pressure off first-time starting quarterback Chayce Crouch.

Tate: Still work to be done

Thanks, Commissioner Jim Delany, for letting Rutgers join our club.

The Scarlet Knights were in a giving mood Saturday — Santa Claus was never more kind — and the Illini gladly accepted. Rutgers’ four lost fumbles and Darius Mosley’s pick-six lifted Lovie Smith’s football gang out of the doldrums, 24-7, in distant Piscataway, N.J.

Notes: Crouch leads Illinois to win in first start

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The first sign that Wes Lunt wouldn’t start against Rutgers happened about 90 minutes before Saturday’s kickoff.

With Chayce Crouch receiving a few snaps from Illinois center Joe Spencer and making throws, Lunt stood nearby, wearing an orange hat and dressed in a full gray warmup, clothing typically reserved for Illini who don’t play.

Road win a small step in longer journey

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Lovie Smith walked off the turf at High Point Solutions Stadium and into the long, elevated tunnel nestled between two sections of nearly empty bleachers.

With the sun still shining from a picturesque afternoon on the Rutgers campus, the Illinois coach shook hands with Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman after the Illini’s 24-7 win against the Scarlet Knights.

UI-Rutgers quick hits

What happened

LIVE! Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Chayce Crouch made the first start of his career in place of an injured Wes Lunt, and the dynamic of the Illinois football team certainly changed. The Illini called twice as many run plays as pass plays, took advantage of a slew of Rutgers turnovers and beat the Scarlet Knights 24-7 to snap a four-game losing streak and give Lovie Smith his first Big Ten win.