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Illinois Fighting Illini (4-8)


Sat. 11/10 Sat. 11/17 Sat. 11/24
@ Neb
L 35-54
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vs. Iowa
L 0-63
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@ NW
L 16-24
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Illinois extends Smith's contract 2 years after 4-8 season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois extended the contract of coach Lovie Smith for two years through 2023 after the Illini finished his third season with four victories.

Athletic director Josh Whitman said Sunday the extension demonstrates his belief in Smith, his staff and the plan they have going forward. Whitman hired Smith, the former NFL head coach who led the Bears to the Super Bowl, soon after he was named AD in 2016.

"I have studied our program extensively, and I see steady progress, both in the development of our current players and the talent we are adding to our roster," Whitman said. "To date, we have remained one of the youngest teams in college football, with only nine seniors and nearly 80 freshmen and sophomores. As our players grow in strength, skill, and experience, more wins will follow."

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Leaders
Passing Yards: A. Bush1413
Passing TDs: A. Bush6
Rushing Yards: R. Corbin1085
Rushing TDs: R. Corbin9
Receiving Yards: R. Smalling406
Receiving TDs: R. Smalling5
Interceptions: D. Phillips4
Schedule 2018
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/1 vs. Kent State W 31 - 24
9/8 vs. Western Illinois W 34 - 14
9/15 vs. South Florida L 19 - 25
9/21 vs. 10 Penn State L 24 - 63
10/6 at Rutgers W 38 - 17
10/13 vs. Purdue L 7 - 46
10/20 at 23 Wisconsin L 20 - 49
10/27 at Maryland L 33 - 63
11/3 vs. Minnesota W 55 - 31
11/10 at Nebraska L 35 - 54
11/17 vs. Iowa L 0 - 63
11/24 at 19 Northwestern L 16 - 24
Big Ten
East
  Conference Overall
6 Ohio State 8-1 12-1
7 Michigan 8-1 10-2
12 Penn State 6-3 9-3
Michigan State 5-4 7-5
Maryland 3-6 5-7
Indiana 2-7 5-7
Rutgers 0-9 1-11
West
  Conference Overall
22 Northwestern 8-1 8-5
Wisconsin 5-4 7-5
Iowa 5-4 8-4
Purdue 5-4 6-6
Minnesota 3-6 6-6
Nebraska 3-6 4-8
Illinois 2-7 4-8
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4904 (65)
Passing Yards: 1988 (116)
Rushing Yards: 2916 (16)
Points per game: 26.0 (93)
Yards per game: 408.7 (62)
Touchdowns: 35 (99)
Field Goals: 20 (9)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 6100 (127)
Passing Yards: 3157 (108)
Rushing Yards: 2943 (122)
Points per game: 39.4 (124)
Yards per game: 508.3 (128)
Touchdowns: 61 (125)
Field Goals: 8 (21)
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