Illinois beat Nebraska on the football field Saturday and defeated host Cornhuskers 41-23 to advance to 2-3 on the season. Nebraska fell to 1-3 with the loss.
Illini also did not just dominate the scoreboard: They dominated the rememberers in all aspects of the game and surpassed them 490-392, holding them to 4 of 12 on the third down and forcing five turns.
Illinois, enjoying their second win of the season, also donated a little disrespectful Nebraska’s way after the game:
Good game Nebraska. Thanks for bringing B1G football back.
– Illinois Athletics (@IlliniAthletics) November 21, 2020
Nothing like a little insult to your injury, right, Nebraska?
Illinois’ tweet may seem vicious – especially to a Big Ten team – but Husker fans must wonder if the team invited this to itself after its controversial offseason.
All of this stems from the Big Ten’s decision to postpone the 2020 season on August 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cornhusker coach Scott Frost suggested prior to the decision that Nebraska could look at “other options” leading to a troubled relationship between the conference and its member institutions. Nebraska eventually fell in line with the rest of the conference, but it was clear that a gap had formed – to that point former Michigan recipient Desmond Howard Big Ten kick the program out of the conference.
It did not stop there either. Parents of Nebraska players threatened to sue the big ten over the conference’s lack of communication over its decision (Big Ten chancellor and presidents voted 11-3 to postpone the season). Several Nebraska players sued the conference.
After the Big Ten reversed its decision and unveiled its updated 2020 timetable, many wondered if the conference made an example of Nebraska, given the difficulties with its timetable. Nebraska too sought to play victim after the game against Wisconsin was canceled due to a coronavirus outbreak within the Badgers program.
Maybe it’s not so strange that Illinois thought of delivering a farewell shot to its fellow Big Ten West team.