Perhaps this is a sign of the times, since expectations have risen since that five-game winning streak earlier this season. But the inability to throw it, key penalties by the defense and bad errors from the special teams doomed Illinois against a team that played without its star running back and half the game without its senior quarterback.
 

Offense: C-   The running game didn't get much going. After a fast start by Juice Williams and a second-half spark from Eddie McGee, the Illini lost momentum late in the game.   Defense: C   While catching a break when Michigan star running back Mike Hart couldn't play because of a sprained ankle, the Illini failed to stop Michigan quarterback Chad Henne, who threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns.   Special teams: F   A muffed punt that handed Michigan the go-ahead score, a roughing the kicker penalty on a punt and a missed field goal are enough for a failing grade.   Overall: D   Perhaps this is a sign of the times, since expectations have risen since that five-game winning streak earlier this season. But the inability to throw it, key penalties by the defense and bad errors from the special teams doomed Illinois against a team that played without its star running back and half the game without its senior quarterback.