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Illinois Fighting Illini (2-10)


Sat. 11/11 Sat. 11/18 Sat. 11/25
vs. Ind
L 14-24
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@ OhioSt
L 14-52
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vs. NW
L 7-42
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Illinois hires Arizona's Rod Smith as offensive coordinator

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois has hired Arizona assistant Rod Smith as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Smith spent six years with the Wildcats and has been a coach for 22 years, focusing on the offensive side of the ball.

He replaces Garrick McGee, who was fired last month after the Illini averaged just 19.7 points and 315.1 yards per game, finishing 2-10 and 0-9 in the Big Ten. Illinois started three different quarterbacks who combined for only eight passing touchdowns and 19 interceptions. The team ended the season last in conference with just 21 total offensive touchdowns.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: J. George, Jr.1273
Passing TDs: J. George, Jr.7
Rushing Yards: M. Epstein346
Rushing TDs: R. Bonner4
Receiving Yards: R. Smalling510
Receiving TDs: L. Dorsey3
Interceptions: B. Williams3
Schedule 2017
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 vs. Ball State W 24 - 21
9/9 vs. Western Kentucky W 20 - 7
9/15 at 22 South Florida L 23 - 47
9/29 vs. Nebraska L 6 - 28
10/7 at Iowa L 16 - 45
10/14 vs. Rutgers L 24 - 35
10/21 at Minnesota L 17 - 24
10/28 vs. 5 Wisconsin L 10 - 24
11/4 at Purdue L 10 - 29
11/11 vs. Indiana L 14 - 24
11/18 at 9 Ohio State L 14 - 52
11/25 vs. 22 Northwestern L 7 - 42
Big Ten
East
  Conference Overall
5 Ohio State 8-1 12-2
16 Michigan State 7-2 10-3
9 Penn State 7-2 11-2
Michigan 5-4 8-5
Rutgers 3-6 4-8
Indiana 2-7 5-7
Maryland 2-7 4-8
West
  Conference Overall
6 Wisconsin 9-0 13-1
21 Northwestern 7-2 10-3
Iowa 4-5 8-5
Purdue 4-5 7-6
Nebraska 3-6 4-8
Minnesota 2-7 5-7
Illinois 0-9 2-10
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 3365 (127)
Passing Yards: 2098 (110)
Rushing Yards: 1267 (124)
Points per game: 15.4 (127)
Yards per game: 280.4 (127)
Touchdowns: 19 (128)
Field Goals: 12 (83)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 5021 (74)
Passing Yards: 2399 (23)
Rushing Yards: 2622 (112)
Points per game: 31.5 (91)
Yards per game: 418.4 (86)
Touchdowns: 47 (92)
Field Goals: 10 (23)
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