Illini newcomers hold their own

Jamal Parker and Matt Snyder each went 2-0 in singles to lead Illinois to a 10-7 record Saturday in the First Federal Invitational at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana.

Enthusiastic Harvey runs up the score

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – All Rocky Harvey could see was the end zone. He couldn't imagine falling down.

In the final minute of Saturday's game against Michigan, Harvey took the ball from his own 46 and headed south. The Illinois sophomore found a hole in the Wolverines' defense and raced toward the goal line.

UI-Michigan game statistics

   Illinois 35, Michigan 29

Marcin's work has been a Giant help

Denny Marcin was as mortified as every New York Giants fan watching a last-second kickoff float into the hands of Deion Sanders.

Marcin's Giants' defensive line had battered the Dallas Cowboys all night and the defense proved the difference in the 13-10 win.

Q&A - A weekly chat with Bob Asmussen - WR Brandon Lloyd

He came to school as a defensive back. Instead, Brandon Lloyd has provided Illinois a much-needed lift as a receiver. Someday, he hopes to chase David Williams' school receiving records.

Rossow: Receiving only part of Willis story

He started his Illinois career with an unlikely catch. He ends it on an uncomfortable couch.

"It's the not way I planned it," Lenny Willis said.

Illini enter unfamiliar territory

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The blue-covered fans who pack the gigantic stadium will be looking at something unusual today: Illinois football players.

For the first time since 1996, the Illini walk onto the Michigan Stadium turf for a game against the Wolverines.

Michigan Stadium can be haunting

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ron Turner worked in Michigan Stadium twice before today's game against the Wolverines. One trip brings back nice memories. The other, he would just as soon forget.

In 1978, Turner's first year as an Arizona assistant, the Wildcats scared the blue out of the Wolverines.

First poll won't bring nice feeling

The friendly folks who run the Bowl Championship Series plan to unveil their first poll next week. Get ready for an onslaught of criticism.

About the only school that will be happy is Florida State, which should safely be at the top of the standings. Everybody else will be screaming bloody murder.

Illinois zeros in on postseason

CHAMPAIGN – Tricia Taliaferro is absolutely, positively, 100 percent sure her slumping Illini can turn it around in two weeks at the Big Ten women's soccer tournament.

Just as long as no one blows out a knee or flips out on a referee between now and then.