The final word

The last trip to Big East country didn't go so well for Ron Zook's Illinois football team. And the troubles started on the way out of Champaign.

A year ago, Zook had 35 players making their first college trips. One player, who apparently didn't enjoy the flight to Rutgers, pleaded to be allowed to take a bus home.

Asmussen: Coker misses past life

Of course, Larry Coker would rather be somewhere else today. Like in Miami, coaching the Hurricanes against Florida International.

Instead, Coker will be in the Carrier Dome, handling analyst duties for the Illinois-Syracuse game on ESPNU.

Masar's late score swamps No. 9 Gators

CHAMPAIGN – Urbana product Ella Masar's goal in the 84th minute lifted the Illinois women's soccer team to a 1-0 win against No. 9 Florida on Friday evening in Champaign.

"(Coach Rayfield) said you (have to) come out here and you have to play hard and you have to go at (them) every minute," Masar said. "We play together and I think that really helped. It wasn't one person individually; we all played together as a team."

Penalties, inexperience too much for Rockets

TOLONO – Good defense in football doesn't always translate into victory.

Unity's Rockets found that out Friday in a 19-12 homecoming loss to defending Class 2A champion Maroa-Forsyth in an Okaw Valley Conference game at Hicks Field.

Luttrell fuels potent Falcons ground attack

GIBSON CITY – The GCMS Falcons' offense stuck to a simple game plan for their homecoming game Friday night against Fisher: run, run and run some more.

The Falcons rushed for 319 yards and attempted one pass en route to defeating the Bunnies 31-6 in the Heart of Illinois Conference matchup.

SJ-O makes its point

ST. JOSEPH – A slow start put St. Joseph-Ogden's streak of 40-point games in jeopardy.

A fast finish, however, took care of the problem.

Brewer shows M-S the way

ROCHESTER – Andrew Brewer was impressive in the first three games of the season, but Friday night, he made a statement.

Brewer willed Mahomet-Seymour to 44-26 win against Rochester in Corn Belt Conference play, rushing 40 times for 321 yards and five touchdowns.

Pace, Maroons on upswing

CHAMPAIGN – They have effectively established themselves as superior to the lower-echelon of the Big 12 Conference, with Friday's 62-13 whipping of Decatur Eisenhower further proof that Champaign Central's Maroons are among the upwardly mobile.

The question now is, can Central beat one of the league's heavyweights?

Vikings rise to the occasion

DANVILLE – In a strangely bizarre and twisted way, many of the 3,200 spectators at Whitesell Field witnessed what they came for Friday night.

The draw on this crisp high school football night was the presence of a big-time athlete, wearing uniform No. 5. And No. 5 truly put on a show as Danville stunned the state's ninth-ranked Class 6A team, previously unbeaten Centennial, 41-34, in a Big 12 Conference showdown.

Meyer sets IHSA mark as state champs continue to impress

MONTICELLO – To become the state record-holder for career extra points, Clayton Meyer has put in a lot of hard work.

And put down a lot of hard-earned cash.