O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
Come-from-behind win against Penn State keeps Illinois' hopes of reaching a bowl game alive.
David Reisner hit a 36-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give Illinois the win.
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Penn State, November 22, 2014
Mike Dudek set the Illinois mark for yards receiving by a freshman on a 56-yard catch in the first quarter.
Illinois vs. Penn State - November 22, 2014
Illinois vs. Ohio State - November 16, 2013
Illinois vs. Michigan State - Oct. 26, 2013
Illinois vs. Wisconsin - October 19, 2013
Photos from Illinois' 39-19 loss at Nebraska on Oct. 5, 2013. (USA Today photo and Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
2013 Junior: Played in all 12 games and started nine games at tight end ... Caught 20 passes for 237 yards (11.9 ypc) with three touchdowns ... Third on the team with three touchdown receptions ... Caught a career-high five passes at Indiana ... Caught his third TD of the season against Wisconsin ... Recorded three catches, 68 yards and two TDs, including a long of 45, against Miami (Ohio) ... Hauled in a 35-yard pass from Miles Osei against Washington ... Caught a two-point conversion pass against Southern Illinois.
2012 Sophomore: Played in all 12 games at tight end and on special teams, making three catches for 32 yards on the season ... Made a tackle on special teams at Northwestern ... Caught a pass for a successful two-point conversion at Ohio State ... Caught a career-long 12-yard pass at Wisconsin ... Registered a career-high two catches for a career-best 20 yards and matched his career-long reception with an 11-yard catch ... Saw action in first eight games, recording a special teams tackle against both Louisiana Tech and Charleston Southern.
2011 Freshman: Played in 10 games during true-freshman season, making one start ... Caught first career pass for 11 yards at Minnesota ... Made two special teams tackles in win over Northwestern ... Made Illini debut in win over South Dakota State.
High School: Chicago Tribune honorable mention All-State ... Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named to The Champaign News-Gazette's All-State special mention team as a quarterback ... Earned IHSFCA All-State honors ... SuperPrep and PrepStar All-Midwest selection ... No. 23 on Rivals.com's Illinois Postseason Top 30 list ... Won eight varsity letter in high school: three in football, three in basketball and two in baseball ... High school coach was Sean Drendal.
Personal: Full name is Matt Robert LaCosse ... Son of Kim and Dave LaCosse ... Born on Sept. 21, 1992 ... Majoring in communication ... Father, Dave, played football at Ball State ... Honor roll student in high school ... Lists his dad as the most influential person in his athletic career ... Chose Illinois over Minnesota, Purdue and Michigan.
Updated July 2014