>>Illini Lose Lunt To Broken Leg
Illinois coach Tim Beckman says quarterback Wes Lunt has a broken left leg and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Beckman said in a news release late Sunday that the redshirt sophomore quarterback broke his fibula Saturday in the Illini's 38-27 loss to Purdue.
Lunt limped off the field in the fourth quarter and didn't return. He said after the game that he had a calf injury he believed he initially suffered in September in the loss to Washington.
Beckman said in the release he is disappointed for Lunt, who is having a strong season. Lunt is in the top 20 in the nation in passing yards with 1,569 and touchdowns with 13.
Beckman said Illinois (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) will now turn to Lunt's backup, Reilly O'Toole, and third-stringer Aaron Bailey.
>>Dark Mood Setting In After Illinois Loss To Purdue
A dark mood has set in around Illinois' football team after the loss to Purdue, but the week ahead won't be easier.
The Illini (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) now have to get ready for a Wisconsin team that was just upset by Northwestern.
Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit says his players need to know Saturday's 38-27 loss is behind them. But he acknowledges he may lose sleep over it.
Linebacker Mason Monheim says the Boilermaker game is one Illinois expected to win.
But Purdue ran the ball for 349 yards and Illinois lost quarterback Wes Lunt to a calf injury that still needs evaluation.
Now Illini coach Tim Beckman faces increasing calls from fans for his job. But Beckman said the team still has six games to right its season.