Penn State 30, Illinois 13 Postgame

#52      
Also I've always wondered who has final say on what players are in on any given play? I can't imagine Bret is that much of a micromanager that he dictates what WRs and RBs are in on every play, so is Lunney in charge of the RB rotation, or is it Ward? I want to know who keeps giving McCray the rock. And who makes the call on when the younger guys get a chance when it's obvious that things aren't working.
 
#55      
Did we impress all the recruits we had on campus today or are we spinning the result as ‘We desperately need you?’
 
#57      

DeonThomas

South Carolina
You cannot win when you turn it over 5 times.

The D looked ok but the qb play was terrible. Now we see why he could not win the Ole Miss job.

Would rather have seen Donovan Leary out there instead of the Ball St transfer. We need to develop our own qbs instead of relying in transfers.
Yes agreed -- to my earlier post.................is Leary really worse than Paddock?
 
#58      

TentakilRex

Land O Insects between Quincy-Macomb-Jacksonville
Yes agreed -- to my earlier post.................is Leary really worse than Paddock?
I don't know, in reality in my views

In a close game and Altmyer is injured- Need Paddock's experience more
In a blowout- Time to give Leary early reps
 
#60      

TentakilRex

Land O Insects between Quincy-Macomb-Jacksonville
Probably need time to calm down, but this is the first time I ever felt frustrated by this staff. It is not as even bad as my dread Cowboys-era Bill Parcells, much less Lou Tepper.
 
#62      
Yes. He was just warming up and at the end was good.
Uh, I mean I guess? He was playing against ultra soft coverage at the end and I’m pretty sure they had pulled some starters. He had 2-3 dropped picks. Makes no sense. Should have have Leary some development.
 
#64      
when you start an inexperienced qb you're gonna get stinker games like this, particularly against a top 25 defense-oriented team. He'll come back better next week.

The problem I see is that the defense lacks a player from last year... CHASE BROWN. He kept the ball away from the other team all game long, with his determined runs and short passes. Bret's defense was always predicated on a ball control offense that kept the time of possession favoring his team.
And NO turnovers! Short fields kill a defense.

We've got to get back to running the ball and running it well. Otherwise it'll be a 3 win season.
 
#65      
I wanna see how Iowa's o does against that Penn State d. My take is that Penn State's dbs are REALLY good. If the Iowa's offense scores 30, then I might agree that it was us, not them. But yeh, a bad day for Altmyer. He gets away with throwing into tight coverage a lot, but not today
 
#68      
Does anyone know who has the best Apple Turnovers in Champaign? Should we send some home with Penn State and their fans for good measure?
 
#69      
All my Illinois loyalty brothers and sisters, the Sky is not falling! Long season, great Chief in CoachB, and we literally have played 3 teams who are gonna go 30-6 this season.
Let's keep believing and pushing forward. I am concerned about turnovers, but quite frankly the Defense was better, even though they were on the field for 40 minutes.
Go Illini and keep the faith!
Chief Illiniwek
 

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#70      

Illini2010-11

Sugar Grove
For me it’s just disappointing to see how far away talent wise we are from Penn State. The game was over in the First half. Penn State pulled their starters in 3rd quarter and had mercy on Illinois
I don't see what you did. Illinois had a missed field goal and then three straight turnovers in the first half and somehow still had the ball with a chance to take the lead late in the half. The game was far from over at that point, and I did not see a talent gap in the first half, but moreso self inflicted wounds. The defense finally wore down by the midpoint of the 3rd quarter, but the defense finally showed some life.

Overall, the Illini were playing toe to toe with Penn State; however, you will never win with a -5 turnover margin and leaving a short field consistently.

Clean up the poor turnovers, and this team should be 3-2 going into October. After that, who knows...the B1G West looks bad across the board.
 
#71      

TentakilRex

Land O Insects between Quincy-Macomb-Jacksonville
I don't see what you did. Illinois had a missed field goal and then three straight turnovers in the first half and somehow still had the ball with a chance to take the lead late in the half. The game was far from over at that point, and I did not see a talent gap in the first half, but moreso self inflicted wounds. The defense finally wore down by the midpoint of the 3rd quarter, but the defense finally showed some life.

Overall, the Illini were playing toe to toe with Penn State; however, you will never win with a -5 turnover margin and leaving a short field consistently.

Clean up the poor turnovers, and this team should be 3-2 going into October. After that, who knows...the B1G West looks bad across the board.
That is the hope I have, I had not been impressed with this conference. Then again I had contempt for the rest of conference since I set foot on campus even in years I did not like U of I much.
 
#73      
You cannot win when you turn it over 5 times.

The D looked ok but the qb play was terrible. Now we see why he could not win the Ole Miss job.

Would rather have seen Donovan Leary out there instead of the Ball St transfer. We need to develop our own qbs instead of relying in transfers.
Do they play with a different size football in the MAC or something?