Posted by Thomas the Terrible on November 11, 2007
Jim Tressel must come back to reality now. After being nut-punched by Florida in the 2006 championship game, Ron Zook brought his Illinois team, or as I like to call them, the mini Gators, to the Horseshoe to show Jim Tressel that the speed of the SEC even rules in Big Eleven Ten play.
Juice Williams made some big plays on the ground and through the air, guiding Illinois to a stunning 28-21 using SEC speed and mucking up the national title race yet again this season.
It was the first time Illinois has ever beaten a No. 1 team. The defeat also ended a record streak of 20 Big Ten wins in a row by Ohio State.
The Illini rushed for 260 yards against an Ohio State defense that came in allowing just 65 yards on the ground per game. So much for that vaunted number 1 rated defense huh?
Not since Nov. 14, 1959, had Michigan and Ohio State both lost the week before their annual year-end game that will once again decide the Big Eleven Ten champion.
|50% (8 of 16)||Third Down Efficiency||39% (5 of 13)|
|100% (2 of 2)||Fourth Down Efficiency||100% (2 of 2)|
|406||Total Net Yards||339|
|73||Total Offensive Plays||60|
|5.6||Average Gain Per Play||5.7|
|265||Net Yards Rushing||184|
|5.3||Average gain per rush||5.3|
|141||NET YARDS PASSING||155|
|6.1||Net yards per pass play||6.2|
|1-3||Times sacked: Number-Yards||2-13|
|49||TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE||96|
|1–2||Punt Returns: Number-Yards||4-23|
|3-51||Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards||5-73|
|3-0||INT Returns: Number-Yards||0-0|
Somewhere Albert the gator is laughing right now.
So I profess on this day 11/11/07.