Turnovers, big plays costly for Illinois

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Turnovers, big plays costly for Illinois

CHAMPAIGN Louisiana Tech is not a household name for college football fans, but after the Bulldogs 52-24 blowout win at Illinois, name recognition might not be a problem.

You have to credit La. Tech, they have a good team, Illinois coach Tim Beckman said after the game. They just beat us.

Big plays and turnovers were the biggest problems for Illinois on Saturday. The Illini turned the ball over a total of six times against La. Tech (leading directly to five touchdowns) and allowed receiver Quinton Patton to rack up 164 yards and two touchdowns on just six catches.

Those lapses were about the only thing Beckman wanted to talk about after the game.

We did not do a good job with turning the ball over and giving up big strikes defensively. And that was the name of the game, he said. We have to play much better to compete in the Big Ten.

Early on, Illinois defense looked like it might be up to the task of facing the nations fifth ranked offense.

In their first two games the Bulldogs found the endzone on their first possession, in Champaign though, Illinois slowed down La. Techs high-flying offense. The Illini came up with a three-and-out and recovered a fumble in the Bulldogs first two possessions, giving the offense a chance to strike early.

Nathan Scheelhaase, starting his first game since September 1, completed six passes to start the game, culminating with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Lankford, who made an acrobatic catch to reel the ball in.

On their third possession, however, the Bulldogs started to move the ball as if they remembered they were the fifth-ranked offense in the nation. The La. Tech running backs started making defenders miss tackles and picking up the pace. Two-and-a-half minutes after their third drive began, quarterback Colby Cameron hit an outstretched D.J. Banks for a 27-yard touchdown reception, tying the game.

With that the momentum was with the visitors. On Illinois next drive, Scheelhaase sent a pass directly into the arms of linebacker Solomon Randle. La Tech ran a flea flicker on their first offensive play after the pick, Cameron to Quenton Patton for 40 yards, and then pounded the ball in on a nine-yard run by Tevin King.

The Illinois collapse continued, as Scheelhaase fumbled three plays into the next possession, setting La. Tech up at the Illinois 23. A minute later King was in the endzone again, this time from five yards out, giving the Bulldogs a 21-7 lead.

After the two disastrous possessions Scheelhaase was relegated to the sidelines, making way for sophomore Reilly OToole. Beckman said his starting quarterback was not all that he could be and said he and his coaches felt it was right to pull him out.

He looked rusty early with a couple of turnovers and we werent moving the ball. So we decided as a coaching staff that we would give Reilly an opportunity, he said.

OToole started slowly but came to life on his second possession. He hit five straight targets on his second drive, piling up 49 yards and running for a first down. His solid play helped Illinois crack the scoreboard again, this time on a 1-yard run by Young with four minutes left in the first half.

Thanks to a Taylor Zalewski field goal, the Illini outscored La. Tech 10-0 in the second quarter and dominated time of possession.

The Bulldogs did not have to rely on time of possession, however, and proved that two plays into the second half.

Cameron and Patton connected quickly after halftime for a 78-yard touchdown reception. The duo got together again just five minutes later, this time for a 21-yard touchdown reception.

From there things got ugly for the Illini. Turnovers mounted and big plays seemed to be second nature for La. Tech. The Bulldogs would score twice more in the third quarter and once early in the fourth to claim a commanding 52-17 lead.

OToole would pick up a one-yard touchdown run with five minutes to play in the game, but it was little consolation for the deflated Illini players and coaches.

Im pretty sure I can speak for the rest of my teammates: Were very embarrassed by this loss and we have to get things fixed, defensive end Michael Buchanan said.

With the Big 10 season starting next week, the Illini have little time left to find improvement. The players asserted their commitment to making those improvements and competing in the conference, however.

Tomorrow well come in, watch the film, and basically see what we need to better which is move the ball and put points on the board and well go from there, wide receiver Ryan Lankford said.

CSN Chicago will live stream Cubs, White Sox games in 2017

CSN Chicago will live stream Cubs, White Sox games in 2017

CSN will live stream Cubs and White Sox games plus pre and postgame shows throughout the 2017 season.

This is thrilling news for all Chicago baseball fans and comes at an absolutely perfect time for a Cubs fanbase that will spend the rest of the year reveling in the 2016 World Series championship.

White Sox fans will also gain more opportunities to get up-close looks at the future as the South Siders continue on with their rebuild.

Both teams and the pre and post shows will be streamed on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app.

CSN already streams Bulls and Blackhawks games and pre/post shows.

"We are thrilled to launch live streaming of our Chicago White Sox and Cubs telecasts beginning this MLB season," said Phil Bedella, Vice President/General Manager of CSN Chicago. "With live streaming currently offered for our Bulls and Blackhawks telecasts, the addition of MLB streaming further illustrates our commitment to provide our viewers with the most in-depth and compelling Cubs and White Sox content in and out of the home and on any device."

The complete CSN broadcasting schedules for Cubs and White Sox telecasts will be released over the next couple weeks.

"We are very pleased that our partners at CSN will be able to provide fans with the opportunity to watch the White Sox anywhere," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. "Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for fans to watch their White Sox, regardless of where they are or what they are doing.  Sports fans deserve to see all the action all season long."

"After such a historic season, we are thrilled Cubs fans will be able to stream games on their choice of device, either inside or outside the home," Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said. "This access has been years in the making for our fans, but the timing is awfully good given the excitement around the 2017 campaign."

For more information, check out the complete press release.

CSN announces live streaming of Cubs, White Sox games during 2017 MLB season

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CSN announces live streaming of Cubs, White Sox games during 2017 MLB season

LIVE CUBS/WHITE SOX GAMES, “CUBS/WHITE SOX PREGAME LIVE” AND “CUBS/WHITE SOX POSTGAME LIVE,” TO BE ACCESSIBLE ON THE NBC SPORTS APP AND VIA CSNCHICAGO.COM

LIVE STREAMING SERVICE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ON PC’S/TABLETS/MOBILE DEVICES/CONNECTED TVs AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO CSN CHICAGO SUBSCRIBERS

Chicago, IL (January 19, 2017) – The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox will be available in more places and on more screens than ever before as CSN Chicago (CSN), the home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the north/southsiders, has announced that the network’s Cubs and White Sox games will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers beginning with the 2017 MLB season.  In addition, CSN Chicago will also offer live streams of every edition of Cubs/White Sox Pregame Live and Postgame Live throughout the season.

Beginning with this year’s MLB regular season, the new live streaming offering will be available without any additional costs as an added value to participating providers of CSN Chicago and their subscribers.  This initiative advances NBCUniversal’s implementation of “TV Everywhere,” which strives to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home, and on multiple platforms.

“We are thrilled to launch live streaming of our Chicago White Sox and Cubs telecasts beginning this MLB season,” said Phil Bedella, Vice President/General Manager of CSN Chicago.  “With live streaming currently offered for our Bulls and Blackhawks telecasts, the addition of MLB streaming further illustrates our commitment to provide our viewers with the most in-depth and compelling Cubs and White Sox content in and out of the home and on any device.”

“We are very pleased that our partners at CSN will be able to provide fans with the opportunity to watch the White Sox anywhere,” added White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for fans to watch their White Sox, regardless of where they are or what they are doing.  Sports fans deserve to see all the action all season long.”

“After such a historic season, we are thrilled Cubs fans will be able to stream games on their choice of device, either inside or outside the home,” said Crane Kenney, Cubs President, Business Operations.  “This access has been years in the making for our fans, but the timing is awfully good given the excitement around the 2017 campaign.”

To access the video player, viewers can visit CSNChicago.com on their PC, or download the NBC Sports app. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox. Authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers will also have the ability to access live Cubs and White Sox coverage, even when traveling outside of their region, provided they are within the United States. 

For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  CSN’s addition of Cubs and White Sox streaming follows the 2014 introduction of Chicago Bulls live NBA streaming, along with this past November’s introduction of Chicago Blackhawks live NHL streaming.  NOTE: CSN Chicago will be announcing its complete 2017 Cubs and White Sox regular season schedules in the coming weeks.