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From mockery to magic

Mikel Leshoure's record day for Illinois restores focus to football at Wrigley Field

Updated: November 20, 2010, 11:37 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Go figure. Illinois turned a potential circus into a spectacle.

In one potentially disastrous afternoon, the Fighting Illini and one very special running back elevated a PR stunt gone awry into a must-see performance. They walked into a purple haze at Clark and Addison on Saturday and ran off with a school record, a bowl berth, a much-needed measure of pride and, very likely, their coach's job secured.

Illinois' 48-27 victory over Northwestern, made possible by ...

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