D''Alessio: Robisch on bully pulpit

Say what you want about the guy, but Jerry Krause knows a good bargain when he sees one.

And for two years at the league minimum, Chicago's Miser of the Midway believes former Illini Brett Robisch is a regular blue light special.

Michigan State shows plenty of motivation

CHAMPAIGN – As if being called a bunch of schizos by their local paper didn't rile them up enough, Michigan State's Spartans got even more motivation when they went for a Saturday morning stroll outside their hotel.

While they were asleep, it seems a few renegades dropped by with some orange and blue spray paint and did a number on one side of their green equipment truck.

Game 4 statistics

   Michigan State 27, Illinois 10

Dean lean and mean

CHAMPAIGN – Look at the Illinois statistics, and you'll notice a nice game by receiver Michael Dean.

Give The News-Gazette a bit of the credit.

An article about Michigan State's Gari Scott and Plaxico Burress in Wednesday's paper served as inspiration for the Illini senior. He pinned it up in his locker so he wouldn't forget.

Tate: Illini offense can't climb Spartan wall

If you don't fully understand what happened at Memorial Stadium, Saturday's result in Louisville will help.

An Oklahoma quarterback named Josh Heupel threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns as the Sooners scalded the Cardinals 42-21.

Kittner turns into deep thinker

Ron Turner planned to throw long on Saturday's first play.

"I thought he might change his mind when we took over on our 1-yard line," Illini quarterback Kurt Kittner said, "but he stuck with it."

Michigan needs OT to edge UI

Sophomore Emily Brown scored a first-half goal for Illinois, but Michigan answered with a second-half goal and won the game 2-1 in overtime in a battle of ranked soccer teams Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The 15th-ranked Illini (7-2, 2-1 Big Ten Conference) were outshot 23-13 by the 22nd-ranked Wolverines (5-2-1, 2-0-1), who received goals from Kacy Beitel and Abby Crumpton.

Big moment still ahead for Illinois

Steve Schnur knew Northwestern was legitimate when the voice of college football showed up in the TV booth, his sidekick showed up on the field, fans showed up in the stadium wearing purple and a legend showed up in the visitor's coach's office.

All on one magical Saturday in November 1995.

Surprises don't end with Illini

Illinois legend Lou Henson called the other day and wanted to talk some football. His two favorite schools are a combined 6-0. Nobody expected either to be undefeated.

Of course, Henson still roots for Illinois, where he worked for 21 years. And he's a big fan of his current employer: New Mexico State. Under third-year coach Tony Samuels, the Aggies are 3-0, including a shocking 35-7 win at Arizona State.

Q & A with TB Steve Havard

For three years, Steve Havard played second fiddle to Robert Holcombe. Even with Holcombe gone, Havard has to battle a batch of youngsters for playing time.