Illini fall one spot

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.

Tate: Beutjer still hasn''t lived up to hype

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.

Beutjer''s year – up one minute, down the next

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.

Former Illini in the NFL

Each Monday during the NFL season, we''ll update you on how former Illinois players are faring in the NFL. Sunday''s results:

Ask Bobby

During college football season, Bob Asmussen, our resident expert, will answer a question each week on his specialty. This week''s question:

UI''s veterans prove worth in tie against Hoosiers

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.

Letter RIP

Letters from this week''s mailbag:

The day after

A look back and ahead for UI football:

Turner shows displeasure with Big Ten crew

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.

Illinois football game statistics

Michigan 30, Illinois 19