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  11/27/21 - Brandon PetersrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-5, 230 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Brandon Peters threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and Illinois rolled over Big Ten rival Northwestern 47-14 on Saturday. With the resounding win to end the regular season, Illinois hopes to secure its second bowl bid in five years. Peters also threw an interception. Chase Brown rushed 14 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, Josh McCray carried 12 times for 42 yards and a score. Isaiah Williams and Daniel Barker also scored rushing touchdowns for the Illini. Williams also caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan Hilinski passed was 12 of 23 for 123 yards passing for Northwestern. Evan Hull rushed 32 times for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats. Malik Washington caught seven passes for 83 yards. Illinois (5-7, 4-5 Big Ten) took control of the game early, scoring midway through the first quarter after Isaiah Gay recovered an Evan Hull fumble on the Illinois 8-yard line. Daniel Barker punched it in for a touchdown, followed two minutes later by another score on a 39-yard Peters pass to Williams to put Illinois up 14-0. After Peters hit Casey Washington with a 56-yard pass, Chase Brown scampered one yard for the Illini's third touchdown of the half. Williams then ran 21 yards for yet another Illinois touchdown. Northwestern (3-9, 1-8) got on the board with 6:58 left in the first half on a one-yard Hilinski run capping an 11-play, 75-yard drive to make the score 28-7 Illinois. Three James McCourt field goals gave the Illini a 37-7 lead at the half. - Illinois/AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2022 QB Brandon PetersIllinois
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  11/09/21 - Blake HayesrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-5, 225 (DS#4 P) + More +

  NOV 8 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Blake Hayes, Illinois, P – Sr. – Melbourne, Australia – Brighton Grammar (Melbourne, Australia),...Punted seven times for 306 net yards (43.7 avg.) and dropped four punts inside the 20 to help Illinois control field position in the Illini's 14-6 win over No. 20 Minnesota...With 1:12 left in the game, downed a 41-yard punt at the Minnesota 2, pinning the Golden Gophers at their own goal line...His 28 punts inside the 20 this season are tied for first in the Big Ten...Earns the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and his second of the season...Last Illinois Special Teams Player of the Week: Blake Hayes (Aug. 30, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#4 P) rSr/2022 P Blake HayesIllinois
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  11/06/21 - Chase BrownrSo/2024, Illinois, 5-10, 205 (DS#30 RB) + More +

  Chase Brown rushed 33 times for 150 yards, and the Illinois defense delivered six sacks and two interceptions of Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan on the way to a 14-6 victory on Saturday. Kerby Joseph picked off Morgan at the Illini 45-yard line with 38 seconds left to halt the too-little-too-late rally by the Gophers (6-3, 4-2), whose four-game winning streak that catapulted them into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West Division was stopped cold. Morgan scored on a fourth-and-1 bootleg with 4:56 to go after going 7 for 8 for 68 yards on that drive to pull the Gophers within one score.

The Illini (4-6, 3-4) finished the game with seven consecutive punts, except for a kneel-down at the end of each half, but Brown moved the chains with a 7-yard run off left tackle on third-and-4 near midfield around the 3-minute mark. Blake Hayes pooched his last punt to land it at the 2, leaving only 1:12 remaining and no timeouts for Morgan and the Gophers. After a 38-yard strike to Dylan Wright, Morgan was taken down for an 11-yard sack by Isaiah Gay so hard the Illini linebacker hurt himself on the play. The damage was done much earlier by the Illinois defense, which constantly pressured Morgan and forced him out of the pocket. Ky Thomas had 16 carries for 60 yards, but the Gophers again failed to find a rhythm with the ball. Morgan was sacked by Owen Carney Jr. on fourth-and-6 at the 22 to end that drive in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Illini were beating them at their own game. Brandon Peters attempted a season-low nine passes, but he was as sharp as he needed to be with seven completions for 80 yards and a touchdown to help Illinois keep hope of bowl game eligibility alive. - Illinois/AP College Football


(DS#30 RB) rSo/2024 RB Chase BrownIllinois
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  10/27/21 - Chase BrownrSo/2024, Illinois, 5-10, 205 (DS#30 RB) + More +

  OCT 25 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chase Brown, Illinois, RB – So. – London, Ontario – St. Stephens Episcopal (Fla.),...Rushed for 223 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries (6.76 avg.) in Illinois' 20-18 upset win at then-No. 7 Penn State. Marked the most rushing yards ever by a player in a game at Beaver Stadium...Has now rushed for more than 200 yards in two games this season, having also eclipsed the 200-yard plateau vs. Charlotte on Oct. 2 (257 yards). Joined Howard Griffith (1990) and Rashard Mendenhall (2007) as the only players in program history with multiple 200-yard rushing performances in a single season...Is one of just three FBS players to register multiple 200-yard rushing games this season along with Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III and Missouri's Tyler Badie...Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Chase Brown (Oct. 4, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#30 RB) rSo/2024 RB Chase BrownIllinois
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  10/25/21 - Artur SitkowskirSo/2024, Illinois, 6-4, 225 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Illinois quarterback Artur Sitkowski will miss the rest of the season after breaking his left arm against Penn State. Brandon Peters will start the Illini's home game against Rutgers on Saturday. Coach Bret Bielema announced Monday that Sitkowski would have surgery on his arm Wednesday and have another operation in two to four weeks to correct a chronic problem in his right shoulder. Bielema said Sitkowski would miss spring practice and should be full strength next fall. Sitkowski's arm was broken when he was hit as he threw a rollout pass in the fourth overtime of Illinois' 20-18 nine-overtime win at Penn State last Saturday.

Sitkowski completed half his passes (74 of 148) for 704 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions in his five games. The sophomore was in his first year with the Illini after transferring from Rutgers. He replaced an injured Peters early in the opener against Nebraska and led the Illini to a 30-22 win. Sitkowski started the next two games and backed up Peters the following four. Peters was injured against Wisconsin on Oct. 9 and cleared to play against Penn State, but Bielema started Sitkowski. Peters entered after Sitkowski got hurt and threw the winning pass to Casey Washington. - AP College Football


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  10/23/21 - Brandon PetersrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-5, 230 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Casey Washington caught a 2-point conversion pass from Brandon Peters to end the first nine-overtime game in NCAA history and lift Illinois over No. 7 Penn State 20-18 Saturday. The teams were tied at 10 after regulation, exchanged field goals in the first two overtimes, then began to alternate 2-point attempts in the third OT as part of a format tweaked ahead of the 2021 season. Neither team converted until the eighth overtime, when Isaiah Williams ran one in to put Illinois up 18-16. Penn State's Noah Cain kept the game alive with a 2-point run of his own. In the ninth OT, Sean Clifford's pass to Parker Washington was broken up by linebacker Khalan Tolson. Peters then found Washington near the back of the end zone for the winning completion.

The 2-point conversion shootout started in 2019, the season after LSU and Texas A&M played a seven overtime game that left both teams badly beaten up. The rule was tweaked this year, with the 2-point conversion possessions beginning with the third overtime instead of the fifth. Chase Brown and Josh McCray combined for 365 rushing yards and a touchdown and James McCourt kicked three field goals, including 39- and 32-yarders in overtime, to snap Illinois' three-game skid to Penn State. The two bullish backs blasted through wide-open holes and flanked Penn State's defense again and again on a soggy day at Beaver Stadium. The Illini (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten) outgained the Nittany Lions 370 yards to 207 in regulation and battled back from an early 10-0 deficit. Peters, normally Illinois' starter, came off the bench when Artur Sitkowski hurt his left hand in the sixth overtime period. - Illinois/AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2022 QB Brandon PetersIllinois
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  10/19/21 - Jake HansenrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-0, 235 (DS#13 ILB) + More +

  Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen will miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery. Hansen, who was injured in the second quarter against Wisconsin on Oct. 9, made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter. "It pains me to say that I will not play another game as an Illinois football player," Hansen tweeted. "I would like to thank everyone that has been a part of my journey as an Illini especially my family, teammates, coaches, strength staff, athletic trainers, academic counselors, and fans! I will look back at my time here with no regrets and will continue to cherish every moment I enjoyed here. With that said I look forward to pursuing my life long dream of playing in the NFL!" Hansen's 12 forced fumbles made him the NCAA's active career leader and ranked second on the Illinois all-time chart behind Simeon Rice's 13. He led the nation with 14 takeaways over the 2019-20 seasons. In five games this season, Hansen had 32 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack, to go with two forced fumbles. - AP College Football

(DS#13 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Jake HansenIllinois
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  10/05/21 - Chase BrownrSo/2024, Illinois, 5-10, 205 (DS#30 RB) + More +

  OCT 4 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chase Brown, Illinois, RB – So. – London, Ontario – St. Stephens Episcopal (Fla.),...Rushed for a career-high 257 yards and tied a career high with two touchdowns in Illinois' 24-14 win vs. Charlotte. Also added a 17-yard reception...His 257 rushing yards marked the fourth-most in a single game in Illini history and the third-most by an FBS player in 2021, trailing only Ohio State's TreVeyon Henderson (277 vs. Tulsa on Sept. 18) and Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III (264 at Northwestern on Sept. 3)...Scored a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter to give Illinois a 17-14 lead. Added his second touchdown of the game at the end of the third quarter on an 80-yard run to put Illinois up 24-14. His 80-yard score is tied for the 10th-longest run in program history...Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Artur Sitkowski (Aug. 30, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  10/02/21 - Chase BrownrSo/2024, Illinois, 5-10, 205 (DS#30 RB) + More +

  Chase Brown rushed for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Illinois beat Charlotte 24-14 on Saturday. It stands as the fourth best single-game rushing performance in Illinois history, His 80-yard scoring run as time expired in the third quarter was the longest run of the year for Illinois (2-4). The last Illini to rush for more than 200 yards in a game was Reggie Corbin, who ran for 213 yards against Minnesota in 2018. Brandon Peters was 10 of 19 passing for 78 yards and one touchdown for the Illini. Josh McCray rushed 16 times for 64 yards, while Daniel Barker caught one pass for a touchdown.

Chris Reynolds was 17 of 23 passing for 191 yards and two touchdowns for Charlotte (3-2). Calvin Camp rushed seven times for 29 yards for the 49ers. Victor Tucker caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, and Grant DuBose caught four passes for 70 yards. Elijah Spencer caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Illinois' two touchdowns in the second half both were on Brown runs, a 32-yard score midway through the third quarter and his 80-yard scamper as time expired in the third quarter. - Illinois/AP College Football


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  09/06/21 - Calvin Hart Jr.rSo/2024, Illinois, 6-1, 230 (DS#43 OLB) + More +

  AUG 30 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Calvin Hart Jr., Illinois, LB - So. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - American Heritage (Fla.),...Registered six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in his Illini debut...With the score tied 9-9 late in the first half, scooped up a fumble and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown to give the Fighting Illini the lead heading into halftime. His defensive score marked Illinois' first fumble recovery for a touchdown since the 2020 season opener when Tarique Barnes scored on a 39-yard return at Wisconsin...Became just the fourth Illini player since 2000 to register six-plus tackles, one-plus sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in a game...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Dele Harding (Nov. 4, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#43 OLB) rSo/2024 OLB Calvin Hart Jr.Illinois
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  09/06/21 - Artur SitkowskirSo/2024, Illinois, 6-4, 225 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  AUG 30 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Artur Sitkowski, Illinois, QB - So. - Old Bridge, N.J. - IMG Academy (Fla.),...Entered the game late in the first quarter following an injury to starting quarterback Brandon Peters. In his first game action with the Fighting Illini, completed 12 of 15 attempts (80.0 pct.) for 124 yards and two touchdowns...The sophomore transfer from Rutgers tied his career high with two touchdown passes, matching his total from Nov. 28, 2020, when he led the Scarlet Knights to a 37-30 win at Purdue...Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Josh Imatorbhebhe (Nov. 11, 2019). - Big Ten Football

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  09/06/21 - Deuce SpannrFr/2025, Illinois, 6-3, 195 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  AUG 30 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Deuce Spann, Illinois, WR - St. Petersburg, Fla. - Lakewood (Fla.),...Saw his first action at wide receiver after converting from quarterback and led Illinois with 45 receiving yards...Late in the third quarter, hauled in a 45-yard catch at the Nebraska 1-yard line to set up what amounted to the game-winning touchdown for the Illini...Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Isaiah Williams (Nov. 16, 2020). - Big Ten Football

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2025 QB Deuce SpannIllinois
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  09/06/21 - Blake HayesrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-5, 225 (DS#4 P) + More +

  AUG 30 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Blake Hayes, Illinois, P - Sr. - Melbourne, Australia - Brighton Grammar (Melbourne, Australia),...Averaged 45.3 yards on six punts during Illinois' 30-22 win vs. Nebraska. Registered two 50-plus-yard punts...Landed three punts inside the 20, including his first punt of the season which went out of bounds inside the 1-yard line...Forced a safety by pinning a Nebraska punt returner inside the 1-yard line. Illinois junior defensive back Kerby Joseph made the tackle in the end zone to give Illinois an early 2-0 lead...Garners the second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and first since Sept. 23, 2019...Last Illinois Special Teams Player of the Week: James McCourt (Nov. 16, 2020). - Big Ten Football

(DS#4 P) rSr/2022 P Blake HayesIllinois
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  09/03/21 - Brandon PetersrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-5, 230 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters may not miss too much time after all, despite injuring his left shoulder in the team's season-opening win against Nebraska last Saturday. First-year coach Bret Bielema said Peters has been progressing quickly, and even threw in practice on Tuesday. "BP, it's coming along probably quicker than most people thought," Bielema said Wednesday night during his weekly radio show at Papa Del's in Champaign. "He threw the ball around (Tuesday), was able to get out there and do that. We're going to kind of evaluate and see where he's at Thursday and make a decision and move forward. It's a lot of how they recover the second day after throwing." The Illini didn't miss Peters all that much thanks to efficient play from backup quarterback Art Sitkowski. The Rutgers transfer completed 12 of 15 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-22 victory during Bielema's first game at Illinois. - News Gazette Tribune

(DS#16 QB) rSr/2022 QB Brandon PetersIllinois
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  09/01/21 - Artur SitkowskirSo/2024, Illinois, 6-4, 225 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Bret Bielema was struck by one aspect the first time he spoke with Art Sitkowski after the Rutgers quarterback entered the transfer portal. Sitkowski's maturity resonated with the Illinois football coach in the spring and continued to impress Bielema through the summer into training camp and, ultimately, the Illini's season opener. Sitkowski was thrust into the spotlight in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Nebraska after Brandon Peters left with an injury. And the 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback settled in after a semi-bumpy start and guided Illinois to a 30-22 victory. "I wasn't going to be surprised at all if Art was put in the moment about how he would handle the moment," Bielema said. "I didn't know how he was going to play, but I knew the handling of it wouldn't be an issue. It's just his demeanor. He's so serious, but also has a good light to him." Illinois will likely lean on Sitkowski again this Saturday for its 6:30 p.m. nonconference game with Texas San Antonio. Peters didn't suffer a long-term injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, but Bielema isn't counting on the Illini's starting quarterback to be available against the Roadrunners. - News Gazette Tribune

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Artur SitkowskiIllinois
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