The Cubs’ magic
number after a
win Saturday and
a Brewers loss.
D Sunday, September 23, 2007
Sports Editor Jim Rossow 217-351-5231 email@example.com
Illini 27, Hoosiers 14
positive STAR OF THE GAME
steps The junior apparently has had
no trouble adjusting to being
the primary Illinois tailback,
gaining a career-best 214 yards.
for Illini He’s the school’s first 200-yard
rusher in nine years. Menden-
hall ought to be a lock for Big
Ten Player of the Week.
By BOB ASMUSSEN D-4
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. —
When last seen in Champaign,
the Illinois football team was a
shaky 1-1, coming off a ho-hum NUMBERS GAME
offensive game against I-AA
But the chests will be puffed
out for the Illini’s next appear-
ance at Memorial Stadium,
That’s how many sacks the Illi-
when a ranked Penn State team
ni had against normally elusive
visits next Saturday. Consecu-
Kellen Lewis. Before Saturday,
tive road wins and a three-game
the Hoosiers had been sacked
winning streak will do that for a
twice in three games. Illinois
end Will Davis had double that
The Illinois defense forced
total by himself.
four turnovers and recorded
seven sacks in a 27-14 victory
against Indiana on Saturday.
While making Dick Butkus
and Simeon Rice proud, the
Illini ended a string of 13 con- WHAT IT MEANS
secutive losses in Big Ten open- Illinois has its first three-game
ers. winning streak since running off
“I don’t know that I’ve ever seven in a row during the 2001
been so excited about being Big Ten title season. And Ron
able to go back home and play,” Zook doesn’t have to worry
Illinois coach Ron Zook said. about continuing his string of
“Even though it’s only been two two-win seasons at Illinois.
games, it seems like it’s been a
long, long time since we’ve
been able to get back in our sta-
“I think (the fans) are excit- WHAT’S NEXT
ed,” Illinois linebacker J Leman After being gone three of the
said. “They expect big things, first four weeks, the Illini return
and we expect big things.” home for a two-game home-
Going into the weekend, stand. First up is legend Joe
there were about 1,000 tickets Paterno and 3-1 Penn State. The
left for the upcoming game Nittany Lions should be angry
against Penn State. coming off Saturday’s loss at
“After this win, they should Michigan.
go grab them,” Illinois corner-
back Vontae Davis said.
If your name was Davis, you
played a huge part in the Illinois ABOVE: Illinois running back
win. Rashard Mendenhall tiptoes WHAT’S INSIDE
Cornerback Davis blanketed over a defender and into Game notes.
Indiana star receiver James the end zone for a 15-yard
Hardy, holding him to 42 yards. D-4
He also blocked a punt and
touchdown reception Columnist
made a game-clinching inter- Saturday as the Illini sideline Loren Tate says
ception in the end zone. erupts. Mendenhall also thank the
Defensive end Will Davis had scored on a 5-yard run and ‘grunts’ — the
four sacks and made life miser- racked up a career-high 214 offensive and
able for Indiana quarterback rushing yards in a 27-14 defensive line-
Kellen Lewis. men — for Illi-
victory against Indiana.
The Illini won with defense, nois’ success Saturday.
special teams and the hard run- RIGHT: Illinois defensive back D-5
ning of Rashard Mendenhall, Sports editor Jim Rossow’s
Vontae Davis (1) intercepts the
who averaged 7.9 yards on 27 review of Illinois’ victory.
Hoosiers’ last-ditch effort in the
fourth quarter. Davis also D-5
And the Illini won without a
big game from quarterback blocked a punt — his second Michigan knocks off 10th-
Juice Williams. The sophomore this season — to help the Illini ranked Nittany Lions, plus a look
hit 13 of 28 passes for 98 win back-to-back road games. around the rest of the Big Ten,
yards and was intercepted state and country.
twice. Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette D-6
City population and
STATE OF THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE Normal
50,681 Go figure enrollment figures from
around the Big 12:
There are rumors
wanting out. Of
as ‘stable’ as ever Bloomington
Decatur losing a By FRED KRONER
that can trace its roots to a pre-
World War II era.
the schools fielding teams in 20
school. And of The Big 12 Conference was
around before the existence of
“We take pride in being a
Big 12 school,” Danville athlet-
Even with the advent of
cell phones and video games,
Bloomington- contact lenses and air condi- ic director B.J. Luke said. “I the Big 12 continues to flour- 2006-07 enrollments
Bloomington — 1,537
tioning. wouldn’t want to see Danville ish.
Normal needing a It was created before the be in any other conference.” Consider this: Of those 20 Decatur Centennial — 1,471
Dodgers moved to Los Angeles The league has had members sports that are part of the Big 77,047 Central — 1,326
third school. But and prior to the federal man- as far away from Champaign- 12’s play list, the league has had Danville — 1,605
date that led to girls’ inter- Urbana as Springfield and individual state champions or Eisenhower — 1,220
Big 12 athletic scholastic athletics. Peoria. For the past four years teams placing among the Mattoon MacArthur — 1,295
For high school athletes in — since Rantoul departed top eight in 18 sports this 17,340 Mattoon — 1,041
directors say the the central part of the state, the after the 2003-04 school year — decade. Normal Community — 1,828
Big 12 represents a storied tra- it has been a stable 10-school Note: Estimated population figures Normal West — 1,633
conference is ... dition of success and excellence conference with the majority of Please see BIG 12, D-11 from 2006 U.S. Census Bureau Urbana — 1,224