Illinois D shines in 24-3 win over Virginia

This was a game to savor; ok; it was a highly imperfect game. It started with 2 Illini turn overs; pass interception on the 2’nd play of the game, and a fumble on the next series. The latter lead to a Virginia field goal and 3-0 UVa lead.

After that, it was all Illinois, though the Illini were to turn it over two more times.

The game was sloppy, no doubt. UVa had a shot gun center snap go over the quarterback’s head, and a fumble on a punt return was recovered in the end zone for a 7-3 Illinois lead.

The Illini then took over; a couple of drives lead to a 21-3 lead in the 2’nd quarter.

Then the Illini, pinned at the 4 yard line, drove the ball 96 yards only to fumble on a completed pass on the 1 yard line. But it was still 21-3 at the half.

Illinois mostly stuck to the ground game in the second half, though they used their tight ends a bit, and in the 3’rd quarter, made a short field goal, while missing two more.

In the 4’th quarter, Virginia used a long quarterback run to get to the 5 with 1 minute left, and the fans still left were chanting for the Illini to hold the line..and they did!

Overall, the Illini dominated 394-222 in yards, despite slowing things down with the big lead. But mistakes kept the game “closer” on the score board than it really was. It really was a dominant win.

Other games: well, Navy got whipped, as I expected. Texas played Alabama to a 1 point loss, and Notre Dame lost to Marshall (underrated team..but still).

I caught the end of Illinois State vs. Valpo and ISU pulled it out 28-21. Pity the Illinois game was at 3 instead of 11: Harry and I could have had a double header.

I am tired of this but

I had a flare up this morning. I got up, sat at the computer catching up with the late college games, then it flared up when I laid down to stretch. I managed to get just loose enough to lift and walk (these were pain free) but then …upon cooling down, it came back. Pain in the left glute/leg..clear what it was.

BUT…though the Z-position helped what really took it away was a hot shower with water in the small of the back.

Evidently, tight lumbar muscles bring it on too. So, much of my learning to live with this is knowing what hurts it, what doesn’t, when to move, when to rest, when to grab the ice bag and when to use heat.

The good news: walking to and from the stadium (.7-.8 miles each way) was fine and my walks and workout went fine.

Workout notes

Saturday a LOT of PT, mixed in with pull ups and push ups, 2 walks: 5K and a 2 miler with a 5 minute rest (75 minutes for 5.3 miles, which includes the break), and then downstairs for weights.

The details: pull ups with holds on some: 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 4, 5, 4, 4, 4 then 2 negative, 2 negative.

push ups: 20 regular, 30 incline, 30 incline, then 2 sets of 10 with and extra banded walk.

Then the 2 walks: faster, 5K walk first. Both went great.

Then weight room: superset

3 sets of 10 x 94 Swiss bar high incline press, 3 sets of 10 curls

3 sets of 10 x 134 legs up bench.

After weight (house scale: 199) note that the first leather weight belt I bought now fits.

Sunday woke up feeling fine…flare up started after I sat for a while and tried my usual PT. Then after the bathroom, it really got going so I tried to work through it.

Fortunately deads were good:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 228 low

10 x 260 8 inch (very easy)

Then the walk, which went fine.

Lots of traffic and a gray, damp sky. But the walk went well; no real rain.