Illinois breaking out 'Gray Ghost' uniforms for Iowa game
Illinois will continue the awesome tradition for a seventh consecutive year. Illinois is wearing its gray ghost uniforms to honor the legendary Harold Grange, the Galloping Ghost, for Saturday’s Senior Day matchup vs. No. 19 Iowa.
— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) December 4, 2020
Grange was dubbed as a “gray ghost” by famed sports writer Grantland Rice after an epic performance vs. Michigan in 1924. Grange amassed an eye-popping 262 total yards and four touchdowns in the first quarter alone during the 39-14 win.
After the game, Rice eloquently penned this assessment of Grange, via Fighting Illini.com:
A streak of fire, a breath of flame
Eluding all who reach and clutch;
A gray ghost thrown into the game
That rival hands may never touch;
A rubber bounding, blasting soul
Whose destination is the goal.
Red Grange of Illinois!
Illinois will hope for some more magic in the uniforms. Last season, Illinois shocked No. 6 Wisconsin on Homecoming while rocking the alternate set.
After beginning this season with three consecutive losses, Illinois enters its home finale on a two-game winning streak. Illinois’ game last week was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns at Ohio State.
Iowa is on a four-game winning streak after dropping its first two games of the season. Illinois leads the all-time series 38-35-2 but Iowa is on a six-game winning streak in the matchup.