• Chayce Crouch Under Pressure

  • Ra'Von Bonner

  • Ricky Smalling - 76 Yard Screen Pass

  • Week #1 - WE WILL WIN !!

  • Game Day Walk

  • Game Day Walk

  • Game Day Walk - All Business

  • Focused !

  • Grange Grove - Team - Band

  • Dominating Defense

  • Kendrick on the Run!

  • Air Crouch

  • Block I

  • Marching Illini - Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Victory Post Game !

Illinois 23 - USF 47

Illinois 23 - USF 47

It was our second straight game under the lights on a Friday night in Tamp Bay and it was not the ending us Illini fans were hoping for.  The game was first delayed by 37 minutes due to lightening in the area.  Then the first half lasted forever with 26 pentalties by both teams and they were closing in on a record of 36 pentalties, but closed out the game with 31 between the two teams. There were to ejections in the game for targeting, so needless to say it was just plain ugly.  Then No. 22 USF literally ran the ball at will against the Illini accumulating a total of 376 yards to Illinois' 67 yards.  USF had a total of 680 yards for the game to Illinois' 354 yards.  USF controlled the ball for over 37 minutes mostly due to their running game.

 

Once again the very young Illini saw 18 freshmen see action in the game.  Chayce Crouch started the game but was unable to get the Illini offense going.  Jeff George came in during the third quarter and was able to mount some offense in the second half with his passing.

 

Early in the game the defense was able to trottle the USF offense by blocking a field goal and an extra point.  But, as the game wore on the USF offense just wore down the defense with their continual pounding of the ball on the ground.

 

Mike Epstein was only able to muster 56 yards running the ball on 8 carries.  One carry was for 45 yards and a touchdown.  He later cought a Jeff George pass for touchdown.  Mike Dudek had a nice catch and run along the sideline before stepping out of bounds.

 

The Illini will take a week off this coming week before taking on Nebraska in their BIG 10 opener on Friday night, September 29th.

2017 Fighting Illini Football Roster

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nebraska Luncheon

  • September 28th
  • Memorial Stadium Recruiting Lounge
  • Limited Seating (250 Max)
  • Go to the "Luncheon" Tab for more information

 

Nebraska Game Tailgate

  • September 29th

 

Play Illini Trivia

  • Round #5 is ready for you to play.

 

Go to our "Events" page to register for these events.

2017 Illinois Football Schedule

Saturday

Sept. 2

Ball State

Memorial Stadium

W 24-21

11:00 AM

Saturday

Sept. 9

Western Kentucky                 

Memorial Stadium

W 20-7

7:00 PM

Friday

Sept. 15

South Florida

Tampa, FL

L 23-47

6:00 PM

Friday

Sept. 29

Nebraska
Memorial Stadium

7:00 PM

Saturday

Oct. 7

Iowa

Iowa City, IA

11:00 AM

Saturday

Oct. 14

Rutgers
Memorial Stadium

TBA

Saturday

Oct. 21

Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

2:30 PM

Saturday

Oct. 28

Wisconsin

Homecoming

Memorial Stadium

11:00 AM

Saturday

Nov. 4

Purdue

West Layfayette, IN

TBA

Saturday

Nov. 11

Indiana

Dads Day

Memorial Stadium

TBA

Saturday

Nov. 18

Ohio State

Columbus, OH

TBA

Saturday

Nov. 25

Northwestern

Memorial Stadium

TBA

Saturday

Dec. 2

BIG TEN

Championship Game

Indianapolis, IN

TBA