Reason #2846 why the Zooker is a national treasure:
Why did Illinois go for two after scoring a touchdown Saturday that put it ahead 20-13 with 7:18 left in the second quarter?
Because coach Ron Zook, who tells his players to keep playing and not worry about the score, took his own advice too literally and was so immersed in the game that he didn’t know the score.
‘‘We were down five, right? Up five, I mean,’’ he said. ‘‘It was 20-13? Up seven?’’
You know that airline ad where they show an embarrassing moment and say, ‘‘Wanna get away?’’ This was it.
‘‘Maybe I didn’t know what the score was,’’ Zook said. ‘‘That’s happened to me before. It’s usually when we’re behind. [This will] give you something to pound us about.’’
Like anyone’s needed an excuse before…