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Zook Says Illini Put 3-OT Loss Behind Them
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois coach Ron Zook says his team has to put Saturday's 67-65 loss at Michigan behind it.

Zook on Tuesday said the three-overtime loss to the Wolverines embarrassed the Illini defense, which has been the strength of this year's team. Michigan rolled up 676 yards on Illinois.

Lost in the flurry of points and talk about Michigan's win was tailback Mikel Leshoure's 120-yard, five-touchdown day. Zook says he hadn't been concerned the previous couple of weeks as Leshoure's production dropped.

Illinois (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) faces Minnesota (1-9, 0-6) Saturday in the Illini's final home game. It's also the best shot among Illinois' last three games for a sixth win and bowl eligibility. Road games at Northwestern and Fresno State follow.

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