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  • Nebraska beats Ohio 71-58 for 5th place Dec 25, 2014 6:22 PM
    Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields each scored 22 points as Nebraska beat Ohio 72-58 on Thursday to claim fifth place in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

     
  • Illini to open Big Ten bowl slate Friday Dec 25, 2014 6:26 PM
    Illinois (6-6) and Louisiana Tech (8-5) will meet Friday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl that is played at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. It’s the first of 10 bowl games involving a Big Ten team, and the last of five for Conference USA. “You want to go into your winter workouts with success and you want your seniors to leave with success,” third-year Illinois coach Tim Beckman said.

     
  • Rutgers to face UNC in Detroit’s 1st Quick Lane Bowl Dec 25, 2014 6:28 PM
    Newcomer Rutgers is representing the Big Ten in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl on Friday against one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s anchor schools, North Carolina.

     
  • Illini QB O’Toole learned from his mistakes Dec 24, 2014 4:52 PM
    You might think the Nebraska game back in late September is a memory Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole would like to forget. The Illini lost 45-14. O’Toole, starting for the injured Wes Lunt, finished with 3 interceptions. But as O’Toole, a former star quarterback at Wheaton Warrenville South, gets ready to lead Illinois (6-6) at the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday, he says there was a moment in that lopsided loss that made the team’s 3-2 finish — most of it with O’Toole under center — possible. Tied at 7-7 in the first quarter of a game they believed they would have to score a lot to stay in, the Illini had a third-and-goal at the Nebraska 4. O’Toole tried to force the ball to a receiver in the end zone but found Cornhuskers cornerback Daniel Davie instead. The interception swung momentum Nebraska’s way, for good. “I was trying to do too much,” O’Toole said. “We got to the red zone and you can’t turn the ball over down there — be OK with a field goal.” “I hadn’t played a full game in a really long time,” he added, “so I think that helped a lot.” After playing in 10 games his freshman season, O’Toole’s time at Illinois looked promising. Sure, he had well-respected sophomore Nathan Scheelhaase ahead of him on the depth chart. But the mobile O’Toole figured to sub a good bit for Scheelhaase when injuries happened while he waited for a senior season that would be his. It didn’t work out that way. O’Toole played seven times as a sophomore, six as a junior and, this season found himself behind Wes Lunt. Few thought O’Toole would see much playing time behind the transfer from Oklahoma State, a player whose arm has NFL potential. “I think he was just kind of content,” offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said of O’Toole. “I think there were some confidence issues.” O’Toole came to Illinois with a handful of state player-of-the-year awards from newspapers, fresh off two state championships at WWS. But at a Big Ten program, even a middle-of-the-pack school like Illinois, just about everyone who sees the field was all-this or all-that — accustomed to winning. So O’Toole played and practiced mostly in the shadows. A great teammate and great guy, his coaches and the other Illini say. “He’s just a likable (guy),” Illinois coach Tim Beckman said — just not the guy. But Lunt’s injuries, including a broken leg, opened the door for O’Toole. Like a good relief pitcher, four years of playing regularly off the bench has taught him to always be ready, he said. “You owe it to your teammates,” O’Toole said. “You’re one play away from playing.” And even after Lunt returned late in the season, the team found that O’Toole’s ability to run — something Lunt lacks — kept defenses honest and gave the Illini a spark they’d been missing. O’Toole ran and passed for just enough to get Illinois past Minnesota when the season looked like it was about to implode. Then he led the Illini past Penn State and Northwestern to get to 6 wins and bowl eligibility. The last two were high-pressure games for O’Toole, freshman receiver Mike Dudek said. “(He) knew that if he didn’t win, his career, his season, would be over,” said Dudek, a Neuqua Valley High School grad. Illinois faces Louisiana Tech (8-5) on Friday (11 a.m., ESPN), a team O’Toole has played before. It was in 2012, in the mop-up role he knows too well. He relieved Scheelhaase in a 52-24 loss that started a nine-game losing streak for the Illini. This time he will be the starter, the kind of career finish that a football coach finds hard to resist. “I think he deserves it,” Cubit said. “I think it’s kind of what college football is all about.”

     
  • Williams has 18, No. 21 Ohio St rolls over Miami U Dec 22, 2014 10:48 PM
    Reserve guard Kam Williams scored 18 points and No. 21 Ohio State went on a 26-3 run in the first half to beat Miami (Ohio) 93-55 on Monday night.

     
  • No. 6 Wisconsin beats California 68-56 Dec 22, 2014 10:50 PM
    Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 6 Wisconsin returned from a nine-day break to beat California 68-56 on Monday night.

     
  • Illinois to get $1.6M for Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec 21, 2014 12:55 PM
    The University of Illinois will receive $1.6 million for playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday against Louisiana Tech, bowl spokesman Brant Ringler said. Attendance is estimated to be between 25,000 and 30,000 for the game. So far, Illini fans have bought about 3,000 of the school's allotment of 4,000 tickets.

     
  • Northwestern rallies to defeat W. Michigan 67-61 Dec 20, 2014 5:15 PM
    Tre Demps scored 17 points and Northwestern beat Western Michigan 67-61 on Saturday afternoon. Nathan Taphorn and Bryant McIntosh added 10 points apiece for the Wildcats, who rebounded from a loss to another MAC team, Central Michigan, on Wednesday. Tucker Haymond scored 12 points and Connar Tava and David Brown added 11 apiece for the Broncos, who led by three at halftime.

     
  • Illinois cruises past Hampton 73-55 Dec 17, 2014 11:21 PM
    Kendrick Nunn is used to coming off the bench. He wasn’t a starter for two seasons at Chicago’s Simeon High School and wasn’t for most of his first season at Illinois. So when the sophomore guard was in the starting lineup Wednesday against Hampton, he was ready. Nunn scored a season-high 16 points as Illinois cruised over Hampton 73-55.

     
  • Central Michigan clobbers Northwestern 80-67 Dec 17, 2014 11:05 PM
    Before playing at Northwestern on Wednesday night, Central Michigan had done a lot to make people forget last season’s 10-21 record. One thing the Chippewas hadn’t done was win on the road. They have now. Braylon Rayson scored 19 points, and Central Michigan beat Northwestern 80-67. Luke Meyer had 18 and Rayshawn Simmons added 13 for the Chippewas (7-1), who have won two in a row after suffering their lone loss of the season Dec. 2 at Bradley.

     
  • Pelini goes home as Youngstown St coach Dec 16, 2014 6:20 PM
    Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was hired to be the next coach at Youngstown State, an FCS school in his hometown. The school announced the move on Tuesday. The 47-year-old Pelini is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in the northeast Ohio city of Youngstown. He played defensive back for Ohio State from 1986-89.

     
  • Cook says he has more to do at Michigan State Dec 16, 2014 6:07 PM
    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook indicated Tuesday he plans to be back with the Spartans as a senior. “I’ve sat down and talked to my family. The main goal is obviously to come back,” Cook said. “Talked among them, talked among my friends, with the coaches. I have unfinished business that I want to do, that I want to accomplish next year.”

     
  • Michigan close to banning student-athlete unions Dec 16, 2014 6:22 PM
    Athletes would be blocked from unionizing at public universities under a bill that won final passage in Michigan on Tuesday, making it at least the second state to respond after Northwestern University football players were allowed to vote this year on union representation.

     
  • Next Bears coach might as well be a cartoon character Dec 12, 2014 5:08 PM
    After the bold moves made this week by the White Sox and Cubs, the Bears are officially now the lone residents of Chicago’s Island of Misfit Franchises.

     
  • Wisconsin football coach departs for Oregon State Dec 10, 2014 6:12 PM
    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has stepped down to become the head coach at Oregon State. Andersen, Wisconsin’s coach for the past two seasons, informed the team of his decision on Wednesday afternoon, the school announced.

     
  • D1 newcomer Incarnate Word shocks Nebraska 74-73 Dec 10, 2014 10:07 PM
    Kyle Hittle hit a contested baseline jumper after Nebraska’s Terran Petteway threw away an inbound pass, and Incarnate Word upset Nebraska 74-73 on Wednesday night for the biggest victory in the Cardinals’ one-plus seasons making the transition from Division II to Division I.

     
  • Rozner: NCAA needs 12-team football playoff Dec 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    The solution to the latest arguments is a 12-team, College Football Playoff, with the top four teams getting a bye in the first round. That removes the concern that expanding the playoff removes incentive in rivalry games and diminishes the importance of every Saturday.

     
  • Mike North video: College Football Playoff committee got it right Dec 8, 2014 10:46 AM
    Mike North thinks the four teams selected for the playoff were the right choices, and he thinks the Big 12 needs to play a championship game next year so they won’t get shut out of the playoffs.

     
  • Viliunas assists Illini volleyball to Sweet 16 Dec 7, 2014 2:56 PM
    Illinois volleyball setter Alexis Viliunas (a former cheerleader) has plenty to cheer about this season as the nationally-ranked Illini kick off the postseason.

     
  • Missouri facing Minnesota in Citrus Bowl Dec 7, 2014 5:15 PM
    No. 16 Missouri and Minnesota will meet in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 in a matchup of Southeastern Conference and Big Ten foes. The game will be played for the first time since the renovation of the Orlando Citrus Bowl. It is sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings. It was previously called the Capital One Bowl. Missouri (10-3) is coming off a SEC championship game loss to Alabama. The Tigers are making their second appearance in and Orlando bowl, having won the Tangerine Bowl over Southern Mississippi in 1981. Minnesota (8-4) is making its first trip to Orlando. It is coming off back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 2002-03. This is the Golden Gophers’ third consecutive bowl appearance. They are looking for their first bowl victory since 2004.

     
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