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Illini vs. Northwestern - Game 11 Stats

How they scored

Tatelines: UI provides fans reason to believe

They announced Memorial Stadium's late-deciding crowd at 50,137.

But it must have looked like 100,000 to Ron Guenther, Ron Turner and oft-ridiculed Illini seniors as the building bubbled with a fired-up assemblage that included all-time great Dick Butkus and 60-plus football recruits, one of whom (Jacksonville back Ken Rogers) made a verbal commitment.

Clark, defense put on show for UI legend

   CHAMPAIGN - Danny Clark didn''t need Dick Butkus to stop by the locker room to deliver a pregame pep talk Saturday.

   Just knowing the Illini legend was somewhere in the neighborhood was enough to get Clark growling and drooling and doing all the things a highly motivated defender does before taking the field.

Kittner hangs tough

CHAMPAIGN – About the only thing that took a worse pounding than Kurt Kittner's pass efficiency rating Saturday was his body.

Slammed repeatedly to the Memorial Stadium turf by blitzing Northwestern Wildcats, his mind became groggy and his passes wobbly.

And a sophomore shall lead them

   CHAMPAIGN  Technically, it''s Senior Day at Memorial Stadium. But a sophomore will have a good time, too.

   Twenty-two Illinois players take their final bows today against Northwestern. For the first time since 1994, they''ll walk away winners.

Dayne makes a late run for N-G vote

I've changed my mind.

Three weeks ago, The News-Gazette's pick for the Heisman Trophy was going to Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton. He was leading the nation in passing and had the Yellow Jackets in position for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

Illini vs. Western Illinois - Box Score

Game 1 Box score and Illini Schedule and Results

Illini vs. Western Illinois - Game 1 Review

Review of Illinois'' 76-53 victory over Western Illinois.

Illini - Wildcats Statistics

1999 statistics for today''s football teams.

Manual steering

CHAMPAIGN – If you liked what you saw out of Marcus Griffin, Sergio McClain and Frank Williams on Friday night, get ready for Monday.

Western Illinois was just the warmup.