Myers comes through when Illinois needs him the most

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  Between rotating linemen and an all-star secondary, Illini linebackers have been overlooked throughout much of a 9-1 football season.

   Not Saturday. Not in the refurbished Ohio Stadium, where a native Ohioan, Ty Myers, broke the spirit and dispersed the hungry crowd of 104,407 with two late-game interceptions. Not in Woody Hayes country, where the son of a

Citrus in bag if BCS falls through

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  Sorry, Outback Bowl, Illinois won''t need an invitation.

   Goodbye, Alamo and Sun bowls, maybe next year.

Game 10 Statistics

Illinois 34 Ohio State 22

Adversity gets best of Buckeyes


   Aaron Moorehead got the news about Steve Bellisari early Friday morning during a phone call from his mom.

Big Ten title hopes hinge on Thursday

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  Destiny. Unbelievable. Surreal.

   Choose your favorite word. Any and all fit the 2001 Illinois football season.

Underdog has a bite


   It started last summer and has continued to pick up steam through the preseason polling, the endless rankings and the flood of predictions.

Upon further review, Self pleased

   CHAMPAIGN - It doesn''t take much basketball acumen to see why Bill Self is thrilled his team''s defense just one game into the season.

   You might have to dig a little deeper to see why he''s excited about an offense that shot just 37 percent in a 76-58 win over Gonzaga on Friday night.

Kittner going out a winner

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  Jack Trudeau has watched Kurt Kittner erase several of his Illinois passing records. The Illini''s last Rose Bowl quarterback was on the sidelines to see another one go.

   With Illinois'' 34-22 victory Saturday against Ohio State, Kittner earned his 23rd career win, tying him with Trudeau with two games left this season. Kittner earlier passed Trudeau in career touchdowns and is 652 yards short of his school yardage mark.

Illinois swims to third as Dikmen sets record

   COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Sophomore Ilkay Dikmen set a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke as the Illini finished third at the Terrapin Cup Invitational on Saturday.

   Dikmen collected an NCAA ''B'' standard in the event, clocking 2 minutes, 14.69 seconds.

Gard on target for UI´s Senior Night

   CHAMPAIGN  Lydia Gard made good on her vow not to cry on Senior Night.

   Not that there weren''t some close calls for the Illinois middle blocker. Especially when she hugged UI head coach Don Hardin during Saturday night''s prematch ceremony at Huff Hall honoring the Illini volleyball team''s three departing seniors.