2012 Illinois takes on Indiana for homecoming

Posted on October 27, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who will receive their first conference win?

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AmateurSports365.com) — As the subheading ask, well, it was Indiana defeating Illinois, 31-17, in front of 47,981 here at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This win gives Hoosiers their first victory in the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division and hopefully getting their season back on the right track.

“It was a good win; the guys played hard,” coach Kevin Wilson shared during post-game. “I don’t know if we played particularly well; the defense rallied up and played well down the stretch. We didn’t turn it over, just the one pick early.”

Fighting Illini gots things going offensively on their opening possession with an 8-play, 73 yard drive that ended with a 2 yard pass from junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to Eddie Viliunas (7-0).

Indiana answered on their second possession of the game with a 9 play, 75 yard drive ending with a 2-yard touchdown run by Stephen Houston tying the score 7-7. It is important to note that Mr. Houston has now scored in every contest so far for the Hoosiers, and a total of three times in the first half.

Scheelhaase (17 for 27, 176) gave the Illini back the lead (14-7) on an 8-play, 55-yard drive resulting in him running the ball in from 5 yards out in the second quarter.

Hoosiers tied the game (14-14) with 10:10 in the second quarter when Houston scored for the second time in the game on a 10-yard screen pass from Coffman. This scoring drive was setup by a 48-yard pass from Nate Sudfield to Cody Latimer.

Sudfeld took over as QB1 as starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was benched and this sparked the team as coach Wilson shared. “Yeah, (this move was) a little spark.”

Shortly after their second score, Indiana obtained their first lead (21-14) in the game when, Illinois senior, Tommy Davis, muffed a punt giving the Hoosiers the ball deep in their territory. Four plays later, Mr. Houston scored for the third time from 7 yards out, and with this score, they never looked back. The junior back finished the game 21 carries for 73 yards, plus 16 yards receiving.

The Hoosiers did everything they planned to do, including containing Illinois’ rushing attack and force the Illini to become one-dimensional. In addition, Hoosiers defense created two key turnovers.

Illini had chances, lots of them, but couldn’t capitalize, the way Indiana did on the afternoon. The Hoosiers final score came off of a 6 play, 60-yard drive in which Sudfield (10-15 for 107, 2 touchdowns) connected with Shane Wynn (31-17).

Indiana’s season started off very well with a pair of wins over non-conference foes Indiana State (24-17) and UMass (45-6), but since then it has continued to tailspin with now six consecutive losses. The Hoosiers’ four losses in league play have come in hard-fought battles against very good teams in Northwestern (44-29), Michigan State (31-27), Ohio State (52-49) and now Illinois (31-17). This makes their official Big Ten record 4-26 since the start of the 2008 season.

“We talked about how you want to get used to that feeling (of winning) and the best way to do that was to prepare and tonight we’re on a college campus and let’s try to be winning team,” coach Wilson added with perspective of the victory today. “We’ve been doing a lot of things right and it’s nice to get a Saturday scoreboard to go our way and we want a more of those.”

Saturday was homecoming for Illinois, but as Memorial Stadium emptied, the Hoosiers did all of the celebrating. The team gathered in the southeast corner of the stadium with a few dozen red-clad fans who likely shared the team’s relief in finally getting a win.

“Well, it’s Homecoming and I’m not used to being involved in losses,” said coach Tim Beckman after the game. “So I guess first and foremost, the game of football is played when you don’t turn the football over and you don’t beat yourself.”

This lose gives Illinois a five-game losing streak and they continue to spiral with multiple double-digit losses and today they suffered eight penalties for 81 yards, along with penalties, sacks and turnovers were costly. On a brighter note, the Illini had one of their best rushing days of the season with 196 yards, and had 23 first downs to Indiana’s 14.

“I was proud of the way we blocked on the perimeter and the way guys ran,” coach Beckman concluded.

Next for Indiana will host Iowa (November 3); Illinois will travel to Ohio State on the same day.

CHAMPAIGN ROOM Q&A POST GAME

Illinois coach Tim Beckman “there’s not one play that loses a games and that’s what you teach these young men, it’s a number of plays.”

Illinois coach Tim Beckman has never faced the Hoosiers until not, while IU coach Kevin Wilson is 1-1 against the Illini.

Illinois has an all-time record is now 44-56-2 on Homecoming and is 4-3 all-time in Homecoming games against the Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers have scored 24 or more points in each of their games this season, the first time they have pulled off that trick in school history.

IU is averaging 13.3 points more per game this season than it did last year (34.7 vs. 21.4).

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2012 Illinois vs. Indiana Football Pregame

Posted on October 25, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who will receive their first conference win?

October 26, 2012

Illinois (2-5, 0-3) return to Memorial Stadum for the first time in four weeks to host the Indiana Hoosiers (2-5, 0-3) as part of the University of Illinois’ 102nd Homecoming celebration on Saturday (11 am CT, BTN). Illini have played 28 games after a bye in the modern era and are 11-17 in those contests.

A pair of teams still winless in the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division try to get their seasons back on the right track when the Illinois Fighting Illini host the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon. Indiana’s season started off very well with a pair of wins over non-conference foes Indiana State (24-17) and UMass (45-6), but since then it has gone into a tailspin with five consecutive losses. The Hoosiers’ three losses in league play have come in hard-fought battles against very good teams in Northwestern (44-29), Michigan State (31-27) and Ohio State (52-49). Still, they have gone just 3-25 against Big Ten opponents since the start of the 2008 season. On the other hand, Illinois is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, falling most recently to Michigan on Oct. 13, 45-0. Unlike the Hoosiers however, the Illini have not shown much promise in their games, with all five of their losses coming by 14 points or more. They have scored a pair of wins at Memorial Stadium, although they came against obviously inferior competition (24-7 versus Western Michigan, 44-0 versus Charleston Southern).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Indiana must contain Illinois’ rushing attack and force the Illini to become one-dimensional. That means doing a better job of bottling up the read-option play that is a staple of Illinois’ offense and not allowing the Illini to run off the big plays that were so devastating to the Hoosiers when they played Northwestern and Ohio State earlier this year. IU’s defense must create turnovers, and the Hoosiers can’t suffer through offensive brownouts in the fourth quarter. Indiana must be disciplined and limit its mistakes on both sides of the ball.

FUN FACTS
This week’s game marks the 70th meeting between the Fighting Illini and the Indiana Hoosiers. The Illini have won four of the last five against the Hoosiers and hold a 45-21-3 overall series advantage against IU. The Illini won last year’s meeting in Bloomington, 41-20, giving the Illini a 6-0 start to the season.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman has never faced the Hoosiers, while IU coach Kevin Wilson is 0-1 against the Illini.

The last two times the Hoosiers have come to Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, the Illini have put up 55 (2008) and 43 (2010) points in blowout victories.

INJURIES
ILLINOIS
QUESTIONABLE: Defensive end Tim Kynard (10/21, ankle), Kicker Nick Immekus (10/21, undisclosed), Tackle Corey Lewis (10/21, knee)

PROBABLE: Cornerback Terry Hawthorne (10/23, neck), Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (10/23, concussion)

OUT FOR THE SEASON: Defensive tackle Jake Howe (10/1, leg) and Linebacker Henry Dickinson (8/26, ankle/leg).

INDIANA
LB Chase Hoobler has returned to practice and could see playing time vs. Illinois this week. He last played in the first quarter in Week Two vs. UMass.

LB Jacarri Alexander has been banged up and missed last week’s game, but he is expected to be back this week.

HOMECOMING FACTS
The first homecoming celebrated on Illinois’ campus was on Oct. 15, 1910, which the Illini won 3-0 over Chicago. This year’s game against Indiana marks the Illini’s 102nd Homecoming.

Illinois has an all-time record of 44-55-2 on Homecoming.

This year will mark the seventh time overall and the second time in the last three years that the Illini have hosted Indiana on Homecoming. Illinois is 4-2 all-time in Homecoming games against the Hoosiers.

Oct. 23, 2010: Illinois 43, Indiana 13

Oct. 7, 2006: Indiana 34, Illinois 32

Oct. 25, 2002: Illinois 45, Indiana 14

Oct. 17, 1970: Indiana 30, Illinois 24

Oct. 16, 1965: Illinois 34, Indiana 13

Oct. 28, 1950: Illinois 20, Indiana 0

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