Twenty years later, the number remains majestic: 621.
On Nov. 8, 1980, Illinois quarterback Dave Wilson set an NCAA record with 621 passing yards against Ohio State. Nobody before Wilson ever hit 600, Brigham Young's Marc Wilson coming the closest with 571.
CHAMPAIGN – What started as a class of 20 is down to eight.
One was a skinny tight end few believed in (Fred Wakefield). One was a star defensive end who wasn't qualified (Mike Young). One had NCAA Clearinghouse troubles and had to return home for a year (Jason Eberhart).
Don Hardin somehow still can joke about it. Maybe it's because his team's injury siege officially has passed the point of absurdity.
Whenever the Illinois volleyball coach glanced at his bench Friday night at Huff Hall, the injured in his view outnumbered the healthy.
How many points does it take to win a football game?
Michigan scored 51 at Northwestern last week. Oops, not enough!
CHAMPAIGN – Lucas Johnson fired up a 3-footer from 4 feet away. Jerrance Howard missed a layup that would have made his junior high coach blush. Brian Cook was lucky to hit rim on several of his three-point attempts. Marcus Griffin shot free throws like a Lakers center.
And Bill Self enjoyed every minute.
For the first time this season, the Illinois football team could have used its indoor practice facility Thursday.