Good football teams have been known to give up 37 points and win.
The game is peaking in a high-scoring era. Fresno State was headed for a major bowl and ran into a 62-point onslaught. Ohio State got away with allowing 41 on Saturday at Michigan. Oregon won 36-35. Alabama was headed for a three-peat before permitting 34.
So it’s common.
CHAMPAIGN — Some shed tears.
A few walked slowly. Heads down. Shoulders slumped.
Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas was there, doling out handshakes and hugs when needed before the Illinois players jogged or walked into the locker room.
On this date
Nine years ago Sunday, Illinois’ fifth-ranked basketball team dismantled No. 1 Wake Forest and All-American Chris Paul, 91-73, at the Assembly Hall. Illinois led by as many as 32. Roger Powell scored 19 points, while Dee Brown and Luther Head each added 16. Deron Williams had 11 assists. Other memorable Illini events on this date:
CHAMPAIGN — This was not the dress rehearsal the Illinois volleyball team had in mind for the postseason.
With the NCAA scheduled to announce its tournament bracket Sunday night, the No. 18 Illini closed the regular season Saturday night with an opportunity to make a strong final statement to the selection committee.
In the grand scheme of things ...
College football writer and longtime AP Top 25 voter Bob Asmussen’s assessment after the 14th week of the season — and a season-ending Illinois loss
— You won’t hear the school’s new career total offense leader brag about his feat. Ever.
DANVILLE — Did you hear? There’s a good basketball team at St. Thomas More.
OK, revise that. There are two good varsity teams at the Champaign high school.
The girls’ program is top ranked in the state and the boys’ program improved to 4-0 Saturday, capturing team honors in the 46th Topper Classic at Schlarman by virtue of a 79-66 triumph against the host Hilltoppers.
CHAMPAIGN — One of the top quarterbacks in school history went to the center of the field for Senior Day activities Saturday.
Nathan Scheelhaase hugged mom LouAnn and wife Morgan. Next, he hugged Illinois coach Tim Beckman. Followed by a family photo.
But someone was missing. Glaringly so.
In boys’ basketball