Sunday, September 30, 2007

Why NOT Us?

Perhaps last weekend's debacle at Michigan Stadium exposed Penn State as pretenders this year, but I still say that the Fighting Illini made a statement yesterday at Memorial Stadium. A couple of statements, really.

One statement is, "Meet Arrelious Benn." He turned his first kickoff return of the year into possibly the last kick he sees all year. The Phreshman Phenom parlayed a blasted middle of the Penn State coverage into a quick six and an Illini lead that they never relinquished in beating the formerly ranked Lions. A quarter later he broke a handful of tackles on the way to a 29-yard slant and run TD pass from Juice Williams.

The second statement is actually a question. "Why NOT us?" In a league full of what looks to these eyes as Ohio State and a bunch of question marks. At the moment we sit on top of the league (albeit with Bucky, Brutus & "the largest land-dwelling species of the Mustelidae or weasel family") and the first home win over a Top 25 team since 1991 make us 4-1, 2-0 with the only loss against yet another Top 25er.

A little more of this (starting with another Top 25 visitor next week, this time from cheese land) and that means a little trip somewhere at the end of the year.


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