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Tim Beckman comments on Illinois' victory over Northwestern

Tim Beckman's press conference after the HUGE victory over Northwestern.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Here's what Illinois Head Coach Tim Beckman had to say after the program's victory over Northwestern:

Beckman: Two years ago here I was disappointed with where the program was at. Proud of the way this team fought.

Beckman: I can't tell you what another game means to this team.

Beckman: This was a goal. To beat Northwestern was a goal. To be bowl eligible was one of the goals.

Beckman: These players have bought in on and off the football field.

Beckman: Not worried about job security. I want our players to be happy.

Beckman: I challenge the negativity in this room. Be positive for the players.

Beckman: O'Toole is one heck of a leader and competitive.

Beckman: best of all, we get to practice next week.

Beckman: I think we're moving in the direction we need to. Didn't know it was this down when I took over.

Beckman: I haven't even thought about whether I'll be back next year. I was worried about Northwestern.