Pregame: Illinois vs Maryland, Friday, September 17th, 8:00pm CT, FS1

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Nope, not in my memory and the Zoom years were definitely my years
it really is a dumb formation for any team above high school sophomore year .

I know it may work in some youth or prep frosh games , but that’s one of the first thing the xtra point defense team works on in early Aug for 10 minutes
 
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Morrison, CO
There was at least once where they went for two out of it, and it failed miserably. I cannot remember if it ended up being costly, though.
First extra point we tried under the Zooker was blocked. It was after a blocked punt at the beginning of the Miznoz game. I was at that game but have no recollection on whether we ran the much-feared swinging gate formation during that game. Seems like if we were using the gate, I would remember just because it is such a dumb formation.
 
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Gurnee
It's kind of scary to think that we had our hopes in building a program and maintaining it after it was built entrusted to a HC that ran that stuff?
 
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Please surprise us tonight, guys. Our team has huge issues that will hold us back, but I’m holding out a fool’s hope that UTSA and Virginia are actually quite good and playing another Big Ten team is just what we need. A guy can dream.

My “head” is a lot more scared for tonight, lol…
 
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First extra point we tried under the Zooker was blocked. It was after a blocked punt at the beginning of the Miznoz game. I was at that game but have no recollection on whether we ran the much-feared swinging gate formation during that game. Seems like if we were using the gate, I would remember just because it is such a dumb formation.
First game under Zook was Rutgers in 2005, a comeback victory. Did not play Mizzou until 2007.
 
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It's kind of scary to think that we had our hopes in building a program and maintaining it after it was built entrusted to a HC that ran that stuff?
I think we all kinda knew Zook was a bit of a bonehead when we brought him in. The other thing we knew is that man could recruit talent (even when we were bad kids were going to the NFL). He just needed Coordinators to bail him out and after a while no talented guys wanted to work with him after his recruiting started to plateau. Every coaches schtick eventually runs dry it just depends on if they built enough credit to survive and revamp (most don't and Saban is the only guy I have seen that just keeps bringing talented coaches in to keep it Joey Freshwater)
 
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Bethesda, Maryland
When you think about it, that statistic is absolutely stunning.
It is [EDIT: that Wilson threw for 50% more yardage in one game than the Illini did during the entire '78 season] and it's a testament to the exclusive running focus of Bo Schembechler, and his disciple Moeller, in the '70s. Bo hated to throw.

Regarding the Wilson OSU game in '80, the Illini lost 49-42 but came back from down 35-7 in the 3rd quarter. Wilson threw the ball 69 times. As Illinois walked off the field after the game the OSU fans, who were completely stunned by the performance, rose and applauded them. I'd never heard of that happening before or since.
 
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It is [EDIT: that Wilson threw for 50% more yardage in one game than the Illini did during the entire '78 season] and it's a testament to the exclusive running focus of Bo Schembechler, and his disciple Moeller, in the '70s. Bo hated to throw.

Regarding the Wilson OSU game in '80, the Illini lost 49-42 but came back from down 35-7 in the 3rd quarter. Wilson threw the ball 69 times. As Illinois walked off the field after the game the OSU fans, who were completely stunned by the performance, rose and applauded them. I'd never heard of that happening before or since.
Man, I remember listening to that game on the radio, that was an incredible almost come back and gave me hope for the program.

Some of those Mike White teams were awesome to watch.
 
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As Illinois walked off the field after the game the OSU fans, who were completely stunned by the performance, rose and applauded them. I'd never heard of that happening before or since.
I was a student then . the game was not on tv in C-U. listened to it on radio . lots of our games were not televised then on ABC or CBS as we weren’t a marketable team for TV. there was no games on ESPN then , Fox didn’t exist and NBC had ND . ABC would broadcast two games on Sat and maybe CBS would do two as well . I do not recall any regional TV then

I recall hearing the story of the ovation from the Buckeye faithful and can assure you they would NOT have done that had we won .
 
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Bethesda, Maryland
I was a student then . the game was not on tv in C-U. listened to it on radio . lots of our games were not televised then on ABC or CBS as we weren’t a marketable team for TV. there was no games on ESPN then , Fox didn’t exist and NBC had ND . ABC would broadcast two games on Sat and maybe CBS would do two as well . I do not recall any regional TV then

I recall hearing the story of the ovation from the Buckeye faithful and can assure you they would NOT have done that had we won .
I grew up in Ohio and vaguely remember regional BT football games late in the afternoon in the '70s. Strangely, I recall eating dinner in the late '70s with my brothers when my parents had gone out on a Saturday and watching the end of an Illinois-MSU(?) game on ABC. But the early-afternoon marquee games always featured OSU or Michigan. Maybe Purdue in the very late '70s when Mark Hermann was there (but I doubt it.)

I did notice recently that Illinois was on TV in '82 at least twice in early-afternoon games: the OSU game at home that we lost 26-21 and the thriller in Madison when Mike Bass kicked five FGs. That Wisc game is actually on YouTube. It was an exciting game that came down to Bass' last-second game winner.

Years ago I clipped the game coverage of Wilson's record-setting '80 Illinois-OSU game from the online archives of the OSU student newspaper so I'd have a record of it. I just opened up that file. That was a really good OSU team ranked No. 7 and had basically been one drive away from a perfect season and National Championship in 1979. Wilson not only set the single-game NCAA passing record. In the second half alone he set the BT record for TD passes (five) in an entire game. He also set the single-half NCAA record for passing (23-34 for 344 yards in the 2H.) And this was the ninth game of the season against an OSU defense that was the best in the BT and had given up only 124 yards/game in the air to that point.

Take away his three interceptions in the first half and we might well have won that game. I was in ninth grade at the time and just remember the buzz around Columbus after that game. No one had seen anything remotely like it and people sensed something big had changed in the BT game.

Here's hoping that soon with BB's teams we can talk about performances like this (and wins) in the present tense. :illinois:
 
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I grew up in Ohio and vaguely remember regional BT football games late in the afternoon in the '70s. Strangely, I recall eating dinner in the late '70s with my brothers when my parents had gone out on a Saturday and watching the end of an Illinois-MSU(?) game on ABC. But the early-afternoon marquee games always featured OSU or Michigan. Maybe Purdue in the very late '70s when Mark Hermann was there (but I doubt it.)

I did notice recently that Illinois was on TV in '82 at least twice in early-afternoon games: the OSU game at home that we lost 26-21 and the thriller in Madison when Mike Bass kicked five FGs. That Wisc game is actually on YouTube. It was an exciting game that came down to Bass' last-second game winner.

Years ago I clipped the game coverage of Wilson's record-setting '80 Illinois-OSU game from the online archives of the OSU student newspaper so I'd have a record of it. I just opened up that file. That was a really good OSU team ranked No. 7 and had basically been one drive away from a perfect season and National Championship in 1979. Wilson not only set the single-game NCAA passing record. In the second half alone he set the BT record for TD passes (five) in an entire game. He also set the single-half NCAA record for passing (23-34 for 344 yards in the 2H.) And this was the ninth game of the season against an OSU defense that was the best in the BT and had given up only 124 yards/game in the air to that point.

Take away his three interceptions in the first half and we might well have won that game. I was in ninth grade at the time and just remember the buzz around Columbus after that game. No one had seen anything remotely like it and people sensed something big had changed in the BT game.

Here's hoping that soon with BB's teams we can talk about performances like this (and wins) in the present tense. :illinois:
Dave Wilson was one helluva quarterback. I still have my "Wilson for Heisman" button.
 
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