4:57 AM EDT, Sat October 10, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5 hours ago
Iowa is a big challenge for Illinois

Iowa is a big challenge for Illinois

Hawkeyes ranked No. 22 after beating Wisconsin.
Illini standout Black out with injury

Illini standout Black out with injury

Also, freshman Coleman-Lands continues recovery.

Illinois forward Leron Black to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

During Illinois' overseas tour this summer, Leron Black posted three double-doubles and finished the exhibition schedule with a 21-point, 15-rebound performance that indicated big things to come this season. That will have to wait. The sophomore forward will miss four to six weeks with a torn meniscus...
Chicago Tribune Oct 8, 2015

Northern Illinois' Shawun Lurry among nation's best at picking off passes

Opponents have quickly learned the perils of throwing anywhere in the vicinity of Northern Illinois cornerback Shawun Lurry. The sophomore is tied for the national lead with five interceptions in five games. "He's just a ballhawk, he's always around it," coach Rod Carey said. "His preparation has...

Illini tickled pink to have shot at upset over Iowa

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. • The pink visitors’ locker room at Kinnick Stadium used to be a regular topic of discussion whenever Illinois would head to Iowa City, Iowa.

Illinois defense making huge strides after getting bigger up front

After Illinois beat Nebraska in its Big Ten opener last weekend, defensive coordinator Tim Banks fielded questions and provided answers with a different tone than after most games last season. "We wanted to make sure we held up our end of the bargain," he said after the 14-13 victory. "I felt like...

Numbers add up to better Illinois defense

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. • Numbers never tell the entire story, but in the case of an improved Illini defense they no longer document a very sad tale.

Red-faced in red zone: Illinois offense not getting it done

Illinois had the ball in a fourth-and-short situation on the Nebraska 10-yard line in the first quarter Saturday. Interim coach Bill Cubit sent backup quarterback Chayce Crouch in for an obvious run play. The play was slow to develop, resulting in the Cornhuskers defense stuffing Crouch and the...
Win over Nebraska boosts spirits at Illinois

Win over Nebraska boosts spirits at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • Bill Cubit has yet to get the official word from the Illini football team’s medical staff, but he’s relatively certain he’ll be taking his team to Iowa City this week without…

Illini RB Josh Ferguson 'doubtful' for game vs. Iowa

 Another day, another Illinois offensive player injured. Illinois’ top running back Josh Ferguson is considered doubtful for Saturday’s game at Iowa, interim coach Bill Cubit said at his Monday news conference. He injured his right shoulder late in the first quarter against Nebraska and did not...
Chicago Tribune Oct 5, 2015

Nebraska's botched ending at Illinois a real head-scratcher

Had John McEnroe been doing color commentary on Saturday's Nebraska-Illinois game, I know what he would have uttered: YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! Even Tom Coughlin, the Giants coach who mangled the late-game clock management in Week 1 against the Cowboys, probably would have opined: That was dumb. A...
Chicago Tribune Oct 4, 2015

Grading Northern Illinois' performance vs. Central Michigan

Northern Illinois (2-3) is mired in its first three-game losing streak since 2009 after failing to hold leads of 10-0 and 13-10 in a 29-19 loss to Central Michigan in a turnover-plagued Mid-American Conference opener on a rainy Saturday. The Chippewas (2-3) scored 20 points off NIU turnovers. Offens...
Quad-City Times Oct 3, 2015
Illinois rallies to stun Nebraska

Illinois rallies to stun Nebraska

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With a strong, gusty wind swirling around, drizzle flying and Illinois running out of time, Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt tried four times to hit receiver Geronimo Allison on…
Chicago Tribune Oct 3, 2015

Central Michigan overtakes Northern Illinois 29-19

Cooper Rush threw two touchdown passes and Brian Eavey kicked three field goals Saturday to help Central Michigan overtake Northern Illinois for a 29-19 win in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Trailing 10-3 at the half, Central Michigan (2-3) tied it up early in the third quarter...
Chicago Tribune Oct 3, 2015

Illinois 14, Nebraska 13

All the action from Memorial Stadium. 

Fighting Illini Player News

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    Mike Dudek

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    Jamal Milan

    Illinois' Bill Cubit turns to O-line with injury to another defensive tackle