The Illini were gifted four turnovers. Nebraska looked flat for the first three quarters. Memorial Stadium actually felt like a Big Ten football environment (due in large part to the thousands of Nebraska fans in attendance). We had an opportunity to extend our lead at the end of the first half and just…chose not to.

And yet.

Here are some takes:

At least the punter is good:

Listen to today’s I Have To Ask…

Champaign County Board member Kyle Patterson stops by the pod. Stream it in full here:

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This drone light show looked pretty good

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‘Pumpkin Queen’ emerges as potential contender to succeed Rep. Shimkus

File this under headlines no one saw coming.

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