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Touchdowns, home runs and hockey goals..

Workout notes: 3.1 mile run in 31:29. It was cool. If i wanted to run more, I would have had to have woken up earlier and I want to be rested for tomorrow.

Last night: Bradley Hockey Club game. In all honesty, I don’t understand hockey very well at all. But I do know that BU was down to Eastern Illinois 7-4 at the start of the 3’rd period..but rallied to take an 8-7 lead. But Eastern scored with 17 seconds left to tie it. 5 minutes of overtime lead to nothing, so in the “shoot out”, BU won 1-0 and so won the game 9-8.

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Then after running, I drove to watch Illinois play Western Kentucky in football. There weren’t that many there (37,000 was the official count, but I’d say 30K was more like it)

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Illinois rolled to a 10-0 first quarter lead, 30-0 half time lead and won 44-0. Total yards: 500 to 141, and Western didn’t get it first first down until 2:30 was left in the first half; they had only 5 total. The Illinois defense got 2 interceptions and blocked a punt for a touchdown (2’nd quarter; up the gut rush). And the kicker nailed 3 first half field goals, including one just before the first half ended.

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Western simply couldn’t cover the Illini receivers.

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The downsides:

1. Illinois fumbled the ball away three times in the 3’rd quarter …in a row. There was also one interception in the first quarter.
2. Western actually shut down the Illinois running game for the first 3 quarters. That is a worrisome sign.

But the coach appeared to work on the running game in the 2’nd half.

After the the first unit finished a long touchdown drive which started in the 3’rd quarter and ended on the first play of the 4’th, the second unit took over and looked reasonably sharp; for the second week in a row the second unit got a long touchdown drive.

But the defense: well, other than having tackles for losses every play, it is hard for a defense to have done better.

BUT: the opposition has been weak compared to “power 5” standards. Next week’s game against North Carolina will give us much more information. THAT is the kind of team that Illinois is expected to compete against.

Then I drove home, picked up Barbara and went to the Chiefs playoff game against Cedar Rapids. Both teams scored upset wins in their respective opening series.

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Cedar Rapids won 3-2; the game was tied 1-1 when in the top of the 7’th inning, the Chiefs pitcher tired. He gave up a hit and then a monster home run by a former Bradley player, and then another double. So now it was 3-1 which is how it stayed; The Cedar Rapids pitcher was throwing wicked stuff and struck out 9 over 8 innings. But he too was tiring and so they went with a closer in the bottom of the ninth.

The Chiefs lead off with a triple and a single to make it 3-2. But that is how it ended; the reliever struck out the next 3 batters; that was 12 K’s for the Cedar Rapids pitchers.

September 13, 2015 - Posted by | baseball, college football, football, running | ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] again, their wins came by way of a bad, sleep deprived MAC team, a weak FCS team, and two games in which the visiting team flat out blew the game (Nebraska: poor time management […]

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