EAST LANSING, Mich. – He stood on the sidelines wearing a baseball cap. Not the football one he thought he''d have on.
For the second consecutive week, Illinois quarterback Jon Beutjer was benched in the second half. Chris Pazan took over for Beutjer and completed 5 of 11 passes in a 38-25 loss to Michigan State. Beutjer hit 10 of 14 in the first half for 96 yards.
Anthony Davis was just coming back, just getting the kinks worked out. The Wisconsin tailback wasn''t sure what to expect of himself Saturday.
It didn''t take his coach long to figure it out.
So Illinois football has you down in the dumps. So much so that nothing seems to help. Not a big win against Florida A&M, not a comeback win against Western Michigan, not even Dr. Phil''s primetime special.
We''re here to help.
CHAMPAIGN – Morris Virgil enjoyed his first college interception so much he can''t wait to do it again.
Al Brosky, a former Illini and Hall of Fame defensive back, has been warned.
We all can learn a thing or two from a Boy Scout. Like how to start the grill without using a gallon of lighter fluid and an entire bag of charcoal. They don''t even need matches.
Being a Boy Scout, of course, is more than rubbing sticks together and helping the elderly cross Kirby Avenue. Any of the 7,000 kids sitting in the horse-shoe at today''s game will tell you as much. Their presence comes at a good time, what with Illinois looking to fill seats and its frustrated fans looking for the basketball schedule. Maybe their positive attitude rubs off, from their motto (be prepared) to their slogan (do a good turn daily) to their Scout Law. It''s a 12-point checklist that many of us would be wise to apply to today''s game. In case you''re not seated next to a tyke in green khakis, here''s how it goes:
– Some good news in case you made it this far into the section: Illinois has it made next Saturday. Western Michigan gave up 63 points to Virginia Tech on Saturday and is bound to have trouble stopping the Illini no matter who''s at quarterback. The Hokies stopped at 332 yards passing.
Trying to sell Illinois football is like telling a lifelong Cubs fan it''s all going to work out. They''re not buying it.
So it''s no wonder despite UCLA weather, a point-a-minute Illinois offense, a brand-name opponent and discounted tickets at a grocery store near you, good seats will be available this morning at Memorial Stadium.