What They Said... Illinois vs. CSU

CHAMPAIGN - Notable quotables from Saturday's 44-0 Illinois victory.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman...

Opening statement:

"I would just like to thank those 19 seniors because it was defintely a tough week, no question about it. When you don't play very good in Arizona, and we challenged this football team, we challenged the seniors. The seniors stepped forward. I can't be more proud of the way they really took this team and said to this team we are capable of doing things. ... We won the football game on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. That's when you win football games."

On the shutout...

"It was huge. There was a lot of pride that was hurt, there was no question about it from the coaching staff down to the players. We know we were capable of playing better defensively."

On Reilly O'Toole making improvements...

"Reilly had great protection, Reilly had receivers that were getting oepn and Reilly will probably be the first one to tell you that, too."

On the two-point conversion attempt early in the game...

"We're going to give them multiple looks, people are going to have to prepare for it, so that's what we need to do and we wanted to try and gain an advantage."

Charleston Southern head coach Jay Mills

On playing in a Big Ten environment...

"We we were looking forward to it. This is the environment I grew up in. I'm from Iowa, high school in Indiana, and college at Illinois State, so this is my roots, my area. I had the opportunity a couple years ago to choose between a couple opponents to play and we've had soem good opponents. We've played Florida, Florida State, Miami, among others, but I really cherish the opportunity to coem back into Big Ten country and expose our school's vision, which has become nationally recognized for integrating faith in leading, learning and serving."

On playing Illinois...

"It's an opportunity for guys to experience playing big-time football. Every kid that's ever played football dreamed of playing for schools like this. THe next best thing is playing against them, so they have an opportunity to realize a dream in some way. We don't care if people cheer against us, we just like however many thousands there are yelling."

Buccaneers defensive back Charles James

On Ryan Lankford, from the same hometown in Florida...

"We actually didn't get to play against each other in high school but we're big on representing for our hometown. He's a great guy; we actually just took a picture not too long ago. It was fun playing against him. We talked before the game. It was great. I knew I was probably going to have to guard him at least once or twice during the game. He got me on one ball, but I was able to come back and get one, so that was pretty cool."

On what he saw from his team...

"I saw a lot of fight. I saw a lot of guys wanting to prove something. A lot of thee guys who come to the FCS level schools are basically passed up on and basically were told they weren't good enough. So I saw a lot of fight in the guys and that basically showed that, hey, we can play with these guys."


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