Illini grade vs. Penn State: C+

Bob Asmussen hands out grades for Illinois following its win against Penn State:

Player of the game: Illini kicker David Reisner
When the Illini really, really needed him, the walk-on came through. In a big way. He hit 3 out of 4 field goals, including the game-winner from 36 yards out with 8 seconds left. He will always remember his day against Penn State.

In the grand scheme of things ... finale at Northwestern means everything

Bob Asmussen is in his 26th year covering college football for The News-Gazette. Here are his thoughts and observations after Saturday’s 13th week of the season:

-- Now, we wait.

We wait to see if Illinois can beat its bitter rival.

Post Game Show 11-22-14

Post Game Show 11-22-14: Play now!

Brain and Tim go over the last minute victory over Penn State and take calls.


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Every win meaningful for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Reilly O’Toole maintained his loose composure this past week.

Joe Spencer passed him in the recruiting lounge after Tuesday’s practice, joking with the backup Illinois quarterback about who sported the better facial hair.

The Illinois center won. Hands down.

But when the Illini need a significant home Big Ten win this season, O’Toole wins. Hands down.

LIVE High school football playoff: Tuscola vs. Maroa-Forsyth

Tuscola (10-2) hosts Maroa-Forsyth (9-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday in an Illinois High School Association semifinal in class 2A.

Maroa-Forsyth defeats Tuscola 22-20 and advances to the Class 2A Champonship Game next weekend at Memorial Stadium.

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Football pick em week 14 – the team upstate

Ever wonder what would happen if Brian Barnhart and good ol’ JR teamed up for a broadcast?

Beckman: Seniors key win against Penn State

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman congratulates his seniors on the win against Penn State — the first Senior Day victory for the Illini since 2007.

LIVE! Penn State

FINAL: Illinois 16, Penn State 14

Reisner makes game-winning field goal

Illinois sophomore walk-on kicker David Reisner connected on a 36-yard field goal to give the Illini a 16-14 victory against Penn State.

Daniels: Win keeps Illini's bowl hopes alive

Beat writer Matt Daniels has a quick reaction to Illinois' 16-14 victory against Penn State.