What went right:
1. ok workout; 4 miles on the bike to warm up, rehab stretches, 6 more miles, stretches, then to the game; walk to and from the stadium was *almost* (Not quite) pain free. It was much better than the last two times.
2. Illinois won, based on 330+ rushing yards, though they trailed 14-10 at the half and were clinging to a 17-14 lead with 1 play left in the third period.
3. Navy came from 30-17 down to win 34-30 over a good UCF team. I was surprised by that.
Now, attendance was very light; 30,000 tickets were sold but maybe half of that was actually there?
Illinois game: first quarter was basically one possession by each team: Illini with a field goal, 49’ers with a touchdown.
Second quarter: it appeared that the Illini were going to take control up 10-7 but a fumble in scoring position wasted one opportunity. Then a long drive just before half put Charlotte up 14-10. Team was booed.
Second half a good drive put the Illini up 17-14 and then Charlotte appeared to be in position to tie or take the lead with a minute or so left in the quarter. But a tackle for a loss forced a 29 yard field goal attempt, which missed. Then next: 80 yard touchdown run.
That deflated Charlotte and the rest of the 4’th quarter was ball control by the Illini and some sacks of the 49’er quarterback.