Illini look to snap 14-game Big Ten skid

Illini look to snap 14-game Big Ten skid

Illinois got a lift today with the news that Nebraska starting quarterback Taylor Martinez will not play Saturday against Illinois. He'll miss his second straight game with turf toe. Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong is expected to start for the Huskers, who will try to hand Illinois it's 15th straight Big Ten loss.
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois got a lift today with the news that Nebraska starting quarterback Taylor Martinez will not play Saturday against Illinois.  He'll miss his second straight game with turf toe.  Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong is expected to start for the Huskers, who will try to hand Illinois it's 15th straight Big Ten loss.

Illinois hasn't won a Big Ten game in nearly two years.  It is a slide they will try to end Saturday in Lincoln.  All season head coach Tim Beckman has refused to look at the past.  He is only looking forward, and his team is paying no attention to that 14-game losing streak.

"We heard about it after last year a lot," said quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase.  "But we've put the things that we have done and haven't done in the past."

Beckman echoed those remarks.

"Everything's forward," Beckman said.  "We didn't have the best win streak at Memorial Stadium either, and I think we've changed that with the three victories here.  We're trying to move forward, and we know our first opponent is Nebraska."

Illinois and Nebraska kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lincoln.  The game will be televised on ESPNU.
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