Gatos Not Victorious

The Sweet Sioux Tomahawk once again will reside in the players lounge at Illinois.

RB Jason Wright rushed for 119 yds and a TD, and Freshman Brett Basanez rushed for one TD and passed for 398 yards [31 for 49] and another TD but the Wildcats' 538 yards of offense couldn't overcome 5 turnovers as Illinois wins the game, and the trophy for another year, 31-24.

Senior WR Jon Schweighardt went out in style, catching 9 passes for 118 yards. Junior WR Kunle Patrick caught 84 yds and a TD.

In a game with a loss, the defense managed to hold Illinois to 209 yds rushing, Illinois Junior QB Jon Beutjer was 21 for 34, 284 yds and 3 TDs. Illinois running back Antoineo Harris rushed for 178 yds.

Next for the Wildcats is signing day, and spring drills - all in 2003.

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