Illini Report Card: vs. South Florida Sept. 15, 2018

PLAYER OF THE GAME: South Florida quarterback Blake Barnett

UI roundup: Illini volleyball remains unbeaten

CHAMPAIGN — In a matchup of top-10 foes, Saturday night belonged to the Illinois volleyball team.

The eighth-ranked Illini won the first two sets over No. 10 Creighton, and while the Blue Jays were able to force a fourth set, that's as far as Saturday's match at Huff Hall went.

Notes: McLaughlin, Epstein have big days, but Illini leave plenty on the table

CHICAGO — Chase McLaughlin was automatic inside 40 yards the last two seasons, missing just one field goal in 2016. Beyond that was a different proposition in his first two years as Illinois' full-time kicker.

Fourth-quarter rally by Bulls squaders Illini's chance at 3-0

CHICAGO — Illinois bent and bent and bent defensively through three-plus quarters Saturday against South Florida. The Illini gave up yardage — particularly in the passing game — but made enough key stops and let the Bulls hurt themselves with penalties to keep points off the board.

The Illini bent until they broke.

QUICK HITS: Illinois falls 25-19 to South Florida


Illinois' inability to finish drives with anything other than a Chase McLaughlin field goal left the door open for South Florida. The Bulls waltzed through it by scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter.


LIVE! South Florida

South Florida 25, Illinois 19. FINAL

Illinois was one quarter away from its first 3-0 start since 2011.

But the Illini will have to wait another year if they want to reach that accomplishment.

HS Football: Champaign Central vs. Urbana

Champaign Central beat Urbana 42-14 at Tommy Stewart Field to win the Twin City Championship trophy Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Champaign.

High school football scoreboard: Sept. 14-15, 2018

No high school football team was able to clinch a playoff spot with a win this weekend.

Talking points with South Florida football beat writer Joey Knight

South Florida pounded Illinois last year. Why should Illini fans be worried it might happen again?