CHAMPAIGN – A steady rain fell on the 100 or so running around Sunday at Memorial Stadium. They didn't seem to care.
Not after a 38-10 win. Not after starting their season 2-0.
Though the Illini women's soccer team was down, it was not out of its home match Sunday against Missouri because Emily Brown was around.
Brown, a sophomore, helped erase a 2-0 halftime deficit with two goals against the 20th-ranked Tigers before Missouri prevailed 3-2 in overtime.
CHAMPAIGN – It was the night the lights went out on Georgia.
A night, too, when much light was shed on how far Illinois' 22nd-ranked volleyball team has come in one week.
Tripp, S.D., on Thursday. Florida's Gulf Coast on Monday. The Milwaukee suburbs three days later.
Lon Kruger's search for a center is taking him all across America the beautiful this month.
CHAMPAIGN – Luke Butkus waited the better part of four years to truly celebrate a victory.
After finishing up at Bloom Township High School with two winless seasons, Butkus redshirted at Illinois in 1997 and was a backup in '98. He started at center last week but left in the second quarter with leg and ankle injuries.
Senior Scott McClennan took first as the Illinois men's cross-country team opened the season Saturday against the UI alumni.
CHAMPAIGN – All week, the Illinois offensive linemen heard about the scary San Diego State blitz.
They're still waiting for it.
One week after throwing the kitchen sink at poor, overmatched South Florida, the Aztecs picked on a team their own size. And didn't have much luck.
CHAMPAIGN – All spring and summer, they said they were better. They said they had changed. But nobody believed.
Now, they might.
On Saturday, the Illinois football team added a truckload of proof to all the talk, routing San Diego State 38-10 at Memorial Stadium.
CHAMPAIGN – Rocky Harvey did his best work out of the tailback spot Saturday.
Take that 20-yard gainer that began as a left end sweep and wound up as a wild jailbreak to the right sideline, where San Diego State coach Ted Tollner was brooding.
CHAMPAIGN – Whenever Mike McGee needs some pass rushing tips, all he has to do is pop in a a tape from his freshman year and look for No. 97.
The best darn teacher he's ever had at Illinois.