Monday, October 08, 2007

I-L-L.... I-N-I !!!!!

I got pulled off of the Cubs NLDS choke job and instead made the 140 mile trek down to Champaign, IL to shoot one of the country's biggest college football matchups of the day: the up-and-coming Fighting Illini of Illinois vs the #5 ranked Badgers of Wisconsin.

In the kooky world that is college football this year, every team that has been undefeated and ranked #5 this year has lost, so beware Bucky, beware.

The Badgers always seem to play down to their opposition, and they struggled for consistency throughout the first half despite keeping the score close. Their star tight end Travis Beckum was pretty much the lone bright spot for Wisconsin, as he made several circus catches in traffic like this one:

However, in front of a packed house full of raucous, orange-clad fans, the Fighting Illini's powerful running attack eventually wore down the Badgers defense, as they rolled out 289 yards and three TD's on the ground.

With just about a minute to go, the Badgers had a chance to get the ball back to try to drive for the winning score, but the Illini converted a fourth-and-one to send Memorial Stadium into a frenzy, and giving coach Ron Zook his first signature win in Champaign.


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