Defending champs flex muscles against Urbana

URBANA – Urbana was simply outmatched at home in Week 3.

Facing the No. 1 team in Class 6A, – defending state champion Normal Community – the Tigers simply could not keep pace with their faster and more powerful counterparts.

Brewer bounces back

MAHOMET – Andrew Brewer's night didn't get off to such a hot start.

After five carries, the junior running back had fumbled the ball twice. Not exactly results he had grown accustomed to in the first two games of the season in which he scored seven touchdowns.

Hensold gets her kicks for Vikings

BLOOMINGTON – There was one point in Friday night's Big 12 Conference football game that was a historic moment for Danville's Vikings.

It was at 7 to 7.

Leshoure up to speed

CHAMPAIGN – Compared to the lofty standards he has established, Centennial's Mikel Leshoure was relatively quiet during the first two weeks of the prep football season.

He rushed for 118 and 101 yards in a pair of victories. But Friday against outmanned Decatur Eisenhower, the area's premier running back busted loose.

Maroons squander too many chances

NORMAL – Despite a great defensive effort, pouring rain and a few big mistakes shattered Champaign Central's hopes of winning consecutive Big 12 Conference contests as Normal West defeated the Maroons 21-14 in overtime Friday.

The Maroons led 14-7 at the half but struggled offensively the rest of the way. Normal West connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

10 questions with B. Joseph White

He arrived on campus about the same time Ron Zook did and — like the football coach — loves his Xs and Os. The 16th president of Illinois will be in his usual seat for Saturday's home opener, rooting on the Illini and talking college football. He'll probably field a question or two about Appalachian State's upset of Michigan, where he spent nearly three decades, serving as interim president in 2002. An avid runner, White took time out from a busy week to talk about the Wolverines, Memorial Stadium and Zook with sports editor Jim Rossow:

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who already is on the hot seat after an 8-3 start:

Satellite provider, network beat UI buzzer

PESOTUM – Leonard Seward had been telling his customers to be patient. It turns out, the longtime DISH Network salesman knew what he was talking about.

DISH and the Big Ten Network came to terms on a distribution deal Thursday. DISH customers missed the first weekend of Big Ten Network games, including Appalachian State's upset of Michigan.

Tate: Timing bothers Illini AD

CHAMPAIGN – Kentucky doesn't often invade Illinois. The folks are southerners by nature, and they generally think Dixie.

But where basketball is concerned, the people of the Commonwealth are renowned for doing whatever it takes. On those infrequent occasions when they've elected to push north, the Illini have seldom pushed back.

Countdown to Western Illinois: 1 day

That's the fact: