Illinois snaps 5-year bowl drought with berth in Redbox Bowl
LOCATION: Santa Clara, California.
Cal: RB Christopher Brown Jr., 794 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns.
Illinois: QB Brandon Peters, 1,611 yards passing, 17 touchdowns.
Illinois: The Illini stunned the Big Ten with a four-game winning streak in the middle of the season. But they'll stumble to Santa Clara after Northwestern beat them 29-10 in the regular-season finale, the Wldcats' only league win of the year.
Cal 35, Illinois 20 (Sept. 17, 2005)
Cal: Twenty-fourth bowl appearance in school history. The Bears are 11-11-1.
Illinois: First appearance in the Redbox Bowl. The Illini are 8-10 in bowl games.
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