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Corbin ready to run again

Going into Saturday’s game at Nebraska, Illinois running back Reggie Corbin had seven carries for 75 yards in three games. He was a bit busier against the then-No. 15 Cornhuskers.

The redshirt freshman from Upper Marlboro, Md., ran nine times for 72 yards. That’s 8 yards per pop — the kind of work that will get you more carries in the future. He also caught three passes for 18 yards.

Oct. 2 Bob Asmussen Top 25

Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of the Associated Press Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot:
1. Alabama. 1
2. Ohio State. 2
3. Michigan. 4
4. Clemson. 5
5. Houston. 6
6. Washington. 9
7. Louisville 3
8. Texas A&M 10
9. Tennessee 11
10. Wisconsin 7
11. Miami 14
12. Baylor 13
13. Stanford 8
14. Mississippi. 17
15. Nebraska 16
16. Florida 22

Illini legends, lists and lore: Ken Menke

Sunday is the 96th anniversary of the birth of former University of Illinois Whiz Kids star Ken Menke. Born in East Dundee on Oct. 2, 1922, he was a multi-sport star at Dundee High School.

Tate: Some positives in this Illini loss

LINCOLN, Neb. — It wasn’t a victory, and the Illini weren’t ninth-inning tough, but there were positive signs in Saturday’s 31-16 loss at Nebraska.

Nutshelling, the Illini capitalized on two ’Huskers turnovers to slip ahead 16-10 before the home huskies blocked them into submission in a 21-0 fourth quarter.

Notes: New-look ground game for Illini

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois plan on Saturday was to give more players a look on offense. Especially at running back. Kendrick Foster scored the first touchdown for Illinois.

“It felt great,” Foster said. “The O-line did a great job, and (fullback) Nate Echard had a great cut block on their corner. I’m just reading the holes and trying to do my job.”

Progress made, more needed for Illinois

LINCOLN, Neb. — The one that got away had them thinking about the next one.

“I look forward to the (next) game, of course,” Illinois coach Lovie Smith said after his team fell 31-16 to 15th-ranked Nebraska on Saturday.

“But I look forward to getting back on the practice field and cleaning up some things,” Smith added.

UI-Nebraska quick hits

What happened
Illinois scored the dreaded “moral victory,” leading the nation’s No. 15 team at halftime before Nebraska rallied. One more call here or there and you might be talking about Lovie Smith’s first Big Ten win.

Illini grade vs. Nebraska: C+

Matt Daniels hands out grades for Illinois following its loss to Nebraska:

Upon further review ... Illinois can't finish game

Sports editor Matt Daneils weighs in on Saturday’s Illinois loss to Nebraska:

First impressions
■ Sure looked like Terrell Newby was short of the first down on that particular fourth-and-1 play early in the fourth quarter. That call will go down in Illinois lore. For all the wrong reasons, if you’re an Illinois fan.