A four-game loss to No. 2 Minnesota on Saturday undoubtedly boosted the RPI of Illinois'' volleyball team, but it didn''t help the squad''s national ranking.
It was the year 2000, and Iowa had absorbed football defeats by Kansas State, Western Michigan, Iowa State and Nebraska.
Desperate for a fix, Kirk Ferentz turned to a lanky redshirt in hopes of sparking a dismal offense.
CHAMPAIGN – One day, you are leading your team to a 17-10 halftime lead against Michigan. The next day, you aren''t even being considered as the team''s starting quarterback for the next game.
This is the fate of Illinois'' Jon Beutjer. The sixth-year senior went from first string to fourth string going into Saturday''s trip to Minnesota. Without a chance to start, Beutjer will get little practice work with the first unit during the week.
Each Monday during the NFL season, we''ll update you on how former Illinois players are faring in the NFL. Sunday''s results:
During college football season, Bob Asmussen, our resident expert, will answer a question each week on his specialty. This week''s question:
CHAMPAIGN – Goalkeeper Leisha Alcia made 13 saves and defender Sarah Brown scored the team''s goal as Illinois'' women''s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie against visiting Indiana on Sunday.
Indiana scored with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Illinois had three shots in the two extra periods.
CHAMPAIGN – When he was at Southern Cal, Ron Turner liked the advantage. Now that he''s in the Big Ten, he isn''t a fan.
On Sunday, the Illinois coach again said Michigan has an edge when it comes to officiating. The same advantage his former employer, Southern Cal, enjoys.