Illini Spring Thriller: Blue Wins

By Ramzy Nasrallah on April 13, 2013 at 10:51a

The losing side was largely successful in picking on the winning side's secondary:

For the Orange - which totaled 463 yards, including 384 through the air - O'Toole was 34-of-52 for 362 yards and two touchdowns, but had four interceptions. Ayoola carried 16 times for 68 yards and two touchdowns, while Justin Hardee caught six passes for 104 yards. Osei had eight catches for 98 yards. Darius Mosely had a team-high 10 tackles, while Teko Powell totaled 1.5 sacks and Kenny Nelson added a sack.

And yes, the winners got a trophy. For a Spring game.

As head coach Tim Beckman walked into the room for his press conference earlier this week, he lugged a large, square trophy that he placed on the table next to the lectern. The trophy has a gold football coated in fingerprints and dust sitting atop a square, wooden surface, with golden football players at each of its four corners.

The front lists years from 1984 until 2001, and space for the winner of that year’s game. The Blue team in ‘84, and Orange team from 1985-1987, and then for some reason it stops listing a winner.

Maybe everyone stopped caring?

Anything to encourage competition. Still, it ain't IlliBuck.


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JYBUCKEYE's picture

O'Toole!  That's just too easy. 

buckeye20's picture

When is the university going to grow some balls and bring Chief Illniwek back?  They have sucked ever since they shelved him due to all the feelings that they were hurting. The only reason people showed up was to watch the Chief dance.

Poe McKnoe's picture

They've sucked since Ron Zook stopped his nefarious recruiting ways.

d1145fresh's picture

I wonder how Mark May's Integrity Meter is feeling after giving out a trophy for a spring game? Wait... no I don't. Nobody cares about what Mark May is feeling

sharks's picture

Looks like the stands at Fenway during their world record sellout streak

A man got to have a code...

Jhesse17's picture

That sellout streak was just an embarrassment to all of us fans. I think John Henry's heart is in the right place, but Lucchino is the anitchrist.

Poe McKnoe's picture

I don't think that's a pic from their spring game unless daylight savings time really screws the state of Illinois.  It was at 11 this morning...

lljjgg's picture

Nah, it aired on BTN at 9PM last night. 

Hovenaut's picture

I see/hear things a-going on at other B1G institutions, and I often remind myself how blessed I am to have been born and bred a Buckeye.

"Tens of fans....."

"insert anything Hoke related here"

AJW_16's picture

Why the hell would you have a spring game on a Friday night? That is about the dumbest thing I have seen.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

Normal Buck's picture

I live about 45 minutes from Champaign, and went for a beers after work with a couple Illini season ticket holders - they actually cracked several jokes about the game being last night, because, well, it was a really dumb idea.

johnblairgobucks's picture

the box score for the game claimed attendance was 2,100. ouch.


Looks like there weren't even "tens" of fans there. The band doesn't count!

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Surprised they didn't make the SG trophy a faux Illibuck, seeing as how they rarely win it.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.