CHAMPAIGN – He might be a freshman, but Michael Hart stopped thinking of himself as a rookie games ago.
The Michigan first-year running back ran like he''s been in college for four years Saturday, posting a career-best 234 rushing yards on 40 carries as the Wolverines beat Illinois 30-19 at Memorial Stadium.
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.