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Harvey's highlight reel all Illinois can muster

Veteran Steve Havard has had his moments. And newcomer Antoineo Harris had his shot.

But diminutive sophomore Rocky Harvey, capitalizing Saturday on his first start since last season, is the Illini running back for the upcoming three-game "bowl quest."

Illini unable to go back for seconds

CHAMPAIGN – For the second week in a row, Illinois trailed a heavily favored Top 10 team going into the fourth quarter.

For the second week in a row, the Illinois players believed they could rally from a double-digit deficit.

Illinois volleyball takes hit

Illinois no longer is thinking about winning a Big Ten volleyball title. It's more worried about an NCAA berth.

The Illini capped an 0-2 weekend with a five-game loss at Purdue on Saturday. The 15-9, 15-9, 6-15, 6-15, 15-10 setback left Illinois at 12-6 overall, 8-4 Big Ten.

Former Illini make their presence felt

Nearly halfway through the NFL season, Greg Engel's out and Matt Cushing's back in. Dana Howard's at home, and Cyron Brown is in big trouble.

It's been an interesting season so far for Illinois' professional football alums. Some have come up big in prime time, and one is a savior in the Land of Lakes. Others have been bitten by the NFL's injury bug, but most have found some success.

Johnson leaves Illinois bench

   CHAMPAIGN  For the first time since Week 2, Kirk Johnson played quarterback for Illinois in Saturday''s 27-7 loss to No. 2 Penn State.

   He''ll return to the bench against Iowa.

Tatelines: PSU defense keeps Kittner under wraps

Mighty Penn State rumbled Saturday into Memorial Stadium and chopped off the Illini's good right arm.

It might as well have been a howling minus-30 degrees – instead of an Indian Summer day in the 70s – because Ron Turner's aerial game was frozen in time.

Illini Men's Basketball Report

- BACK IN THE SADDLE:

As promised, Frank Williams returned to practice Saturday morning, vowing never to let his teammates down again.

Good news: At least Illini broke a sweat

Ron Turner won't have his regulars in pads today like he did the afternoon after Minnesota, tackling each other despite all their aches and pains. He won't have them jog to Sadorus and back or dig ditches around Memorial Stadium.

He can save his motivational tricks for another day, because the Illini tried Saturday. They huffed and puffed for all four quarters.

Rossow: Surprises keep fans guessing

nbsp;There isn't a putting green in the area with a trickier read than Illinois football. Just when we think we have Ron Turner's Illini figured out, they dupe us.

It's been that way since training camp, when Turner named Kurt Kittner as his starting quarterback even as billboards and beat writers advertised Kirk Johnson.

Wisconsin capitalizes on UI errors

To err is human, but if you make too many mistakes on the road in a Big Ten Conference volleyball match, your team probably is going to lose.

Just ask Illinois coach Don Hardin, whose team lost 15-5, 15-11, 15-13 Friday night at Wisconsin.