Illinois makes history by not kicking off in shutout loss to Iowa
So this is a first, or at least appears to be a new threshold for Big Ten football.
There's no delicate way of putting this, but Illinois didn't kick off the ball today. Not once.
Through a Kirk Ferentz-y bit of magic, Iowa picked the wind and opted to kick off to the Illini at the beginning of each half during Saturday's game in Champaign—a game that saw Illinois punt 10—TEN—consecutive times en route to a 28-0 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Internet had its fun at Illinois' expense.
Stay warm, Illinois kickers. Your time will come. Ostensibly.
Dan is on Twitter. No kicker no cry.
Your Illinois Fighting Illini. pic.twitter.com/AOXZNNfngf
— Mike (@mikjones24) November 19, 2016
And that's right; Illinois kicked the ball off zero times today – not once. This is an amazing moment in B1G history.
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) November 19, 2016
Illinois had zero kickoffs against Iowa; Illini received the ball both halves and didn't score. (ht /u/tenacious-g) pic.twitter.com/QREoGjdXR6
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 19, 2016
If you're a kick off specialist why would you go to Illinois – you may have a game you never play in
— Caleb Hamer (@HawkeyeHamer) November 19, 2016
When Kirk looks back on his career his greatest accomplishment will be not allowing Illinois to kick off
— TJ (@TJones3312) November 19, 2016