Got to Give the People What They Want: Bielema Knew What Illini Fans Wanted In His Debut

Bielema seemingly took all the frustrations of the Lovie Smith era and translated it into a lot of fan wishes being granted in the 30-22 win Saturday.
By Matt Stevens - IlliniGuys Football Writer/Analyst

August 28, 2021

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Bret Bielema’s debut at Illinois went down like the 51-year-old was taking requests from fans.

The 30-22 win over an arguably desperate Nebraska team included a touchdown for Isaiah Williams, touchdown for Luke Ford, a defensive touchdown from one of his transfer portal pickups and a safety resulting from a Blake Hayes punt.

Bielema, who became . . .

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