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Illini drag Michigan back to Big Ten's bottom

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By Belo Story2 By Belo Story2

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Michigan and Illinois started the day Saturday in very different positions, one looking for a win that would punch their ticket for the post season and the other groping to find some way to end a five-game losing streak.

After a 38-13 Illinois upset, the Wolverines and the Illini have a little more in common, though they appear headed in different directions.

The Illini (2-6, 1-5) have their first Big Ten win, finally got the kind of game they thought they'd play all year long and maybe, just maybe, found the kind of running back in Mikel LeShoure they've been looking for since Rashard Mendenhall packed his bags for the Steelers two seasons ago.

Michigan (5-4, 1-4) has lost two in a row and has three shots at getting the sixth win that would make the Wolverines bowl eligible, but two of those games are against Wisconsin and Ohio State.

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