The same “lack of fundamentals” we’ve watched for years already. Maybe there is truth to the “Lovie effect” still doing damage. Our players seem to lack either confidence, or preparedness. Like you said, somebody needs to step up and make a play when the game is on the line. We apparently have no volunteers.I don’t know what to say other than it just seemed like a very typical Illinois loss. Peters had a better day, but as the announcer mentioned a number of times, most of the completions didn’t give the receiver any chance to make a play after the catch. 2 really nice balls obviously for the TD’s. Watching Rutgers downfield blocking vs ours was night and day. Where ever we were trying to run, someone would miss a block that negated the play. Barker had 2 nice catches and the TD, but missed several critical blocks that could have sustained drives and was involved in a critical penalty. Those second half offensive penalties doomed us. I can’t blame all that on Peterson, but he deserves his share. I’d love to hear what was supposed to happen on that 4th down play. Was it a missed read by us? Brown breaks those tackles sometimes, but he didn’t look like he was 100% the whole game or maybe he was just tired without McCray to help carry the load. The defense played mostly ok, but couldn’t make a play or get a stop when we needed it.
All season we’ve needed someone to step up and make a play in the moment. We are lacking that kind of player on both sides of the ball. I have faith in the staff, but I thought we would be better than this. I thought they would get more out of these players.