It took seven tries, but the Illinois football team has finally beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team in 2009.
After beating Michigan by a score of 38-13 on Saturday, a different mood washed over a team that couldn't seem to buy a victory.
And for one senior quarterback, who has broken three stadium records for total offense in a single game, beat No. 5 Wisconsin at home in 2007 and defeated No. 1 Ohio State at "The Horseshoe" to engineer a Rose Bowl run, Saturday's game was both unfamiliar and special in its own unique way.