He has been there about 4 and hasn't had any major staff poaches yet. I bet he leaves Minny in the next 2 years. So he probably has 8-9 years before he starts to come down the ladder. I think he very well may be the new USC coach (yes even with his stupid Schtick).So how much longer has PJ got then?
95% of the credit for that particular game, that particular performance, and what followed throughout most of the 1980's goes to Mike White: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.
I was incorrect. It was the Oct. 7, 2006 Indiana game. Zooker tried two 2-point conversions after the game was tied 7-7. Missed them both. Illinois ahead 32-31 with game ending FG lined up by Indiana. It was good - 34-32. I was so mad after that game.It was, game was lost by 1. I think it was 2009 Fresno State game