Illinois Vs. Penn State: Nittany Lions Win 10-7 On Late Game-Winning Drive

The Nittany Lions shut down the Illini in the first quarter, but were also scoreless themselves.

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Illinois Vs. Penn State Final: Nittany Lions Rally Back, Win 10-7

The Penn State Nittany Lions mounted a come back late in the fourth quarter, after doing virtually nothing the entire game. With 3:05 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions went on a 10 play 80-yard drive assisted by a few Illinois penalties, to go up 10-7 with a minute left in the game. Matthew McGloin began the drive hitting on three straight passes of 15 or more yards to march Penn State past midfield. After a 15-yard pass interference call on Illinois, McGloin once again hit receiver Derek Moye for a 9-yard gain to put Penn State on the 9-yard line. Running back Silas Redd then carried the ball three straight times, punching it in for the go ahead touchdown with 1:03 left on the clock.

Illinois got the ball back and began to mount a drive. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase connected on three straight passes, including a 20-yard pass to A.J. Jenkins for 20 yards to get down to the Penn State 34. Jason Ford then ran the ball up the middle of 9 yards to get Illinois in field goal position with five seconds left in the game. Derek Dimke lined up for the game tying field goal, but doinked the kick off of the upright sealing the win for Penn State.

This was a game dominated by poor offensive play in the snow. Penn State had just 209 yards of total offense, most of which came on their final game winning drive. Running back Silas Redd ended the day with 137 yards on 29 carries and the game winning touchdown. The Nittany Lions struggled passing the ball, completing just 9 of 28 passes for 98 yards.

Illinois on the other hand ran the ball for 198 yards as a team, including getting 100 yards from Jason Ford. Illinois turned the ball of four times however, had a punt blocked, and missed a field goal at the end of the game.

Penn State improves to 8-1, 5-0 in Big 10 play.

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Illinois Vs. Penn State Score: Illini Lead 7-0

The 0-0 halftime was kicked off in the third by once again anemic offense. Illinois picked up a first down on the opening drive, but stalled out. Matthew McGloin came back into the game for Penn State at quarterback, but promptly threw an interception on his first pass of the half. Illinois backup quarterback Reilly O'Toole returned McGloin's favor by throwing an interception of his own.

Penn State's running back Silas Redd started the next drive off with a 24-yard run that put him over the 100-yard mark for the fifth straight game. Curtis Enis was the last Nittany Lion to accomplish that feat back in 1997. The Penn State drive stalled however, and they were once again forced to punt.

The Fighting Illini were able to actually mount a drive on the next drive behind Nathan Scheelhaase's legs and an 18-yard rush by Jason Ford, that put Illinois on the Penn State 12-yard line. Three plays later, Scheelhasse hit Spencer Harris in the endzone for a 10-yard touchdown pass, putting points on the board and Illinois in the lead 7-0. After the score, Penn State's offense promptly went three-and-out after two incompletions by McGloin.

Illinois began to run clock with their 7-0 lead, which in this game seems like a 20-point lead. Jason Ford began getting chunks of yardage on the ground to close out the third quarter. Donovonn Young wound up fumbling the ball however, as Penn State recovered. At the end of the third quarter, Penn State went -14 yards after getting the turnover.

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Illinois Vs. Penn State: Devoid Of Offense, Game Tied 0-0

The Fighting Illini finally picked up their first first down of the game midway through the second quarter, but immediately followed it up with a holding penalty to put them in 1st and 20. The very next play, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase ran the ball for a 14-yard gain, but fumbled the ball. Penn State recovered, ending yet another Illinois drive. Scheelhaase took a brutal shot to the head and is being looked at on the sideline.

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The Penn State player who laid the hit on Scheelhasse, Nick Sukay, was also being tended to on the sideline. For some reason, Penn State decided to go with Rob Bolden at quarterback for a few drives, and did absolutely nothing. Bolden was in for three drives and went 0-4 with a sack. Matthew McGloin came back into the game and Penn State still promptly went thee-and-out.

At halftime, it's tied 0-0 with both teams under 100 yards of total offense. This is the first 0-0 first half Penn State has been involved in since 1984.

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Illinois Vs. Penn State Score: Penn State Holds Illinois To Negative Yardage

There wasn't much of any offense in the first quarter between the Ilinois Fighting Illini and the Nittany Lions. The Penn State defense force Illinois to punt on their first five possessions and actually held them to negative 5 yards of offense. Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase had negative 8 yards passing the ball, as both of his completions were tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

Penn State running back Brandon Beachum got a carry, his first since the Temple game. Penn State's offense didn't fair all that much better than Illinois, but they were able to pick up a few first downs. Quarterback Matthew McGloin got the start, throwing for 33 yards 12 attempts, but he's also without his best receiving target in Derek Moye today in the snow. It looks like this is going to be a rough game, dominated by defense.

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Big Ten Scores: Nebraska Beats Michigan State, While Michigan And Northwestern Win

As we prepare for the Illinois vs. Penn State matchup to begin here in a few minutes as I type this Saturday afternoon, here are a look at scores from the early games in the Big Ten conference.

No. 14 Nebraska knocked off No. 11 Michigan State, 24-3. Rex Burkhead had 130 yards rushing and two touchdowns, plus a receiving touchdown. Meanwhile, Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins had just 86 yards passing on 27 attempts. The game leaves Penn State as the only team that is still undefeated in Big Ten play.

No. 18 Michigan beat Purdue, 36-14. Fitzgerald Toussaint had 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Northwestern, meanwhile, beat Indiana in a shootout, 59-38. Dan Persa went 16-for-20 with 261 yards and three touchdowns for Northwestern, while Stephen Houston and Tre Roberson combined for 272 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Hoosiers. Indiana is currently 1-8, and 0-5 in Big Ten play.

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Illinois Vs. Penn State: Matt McGloin To Start, Derek Moye Dresses

SB Nation Pittsburgh’s Adam Bittner – who’s reporting from the game – tells us that Matt McGloin will start for the Nittany Lions at quarterback on Saturday against Illinois. This isn’t a huge surprise, since McGloin also started and played throughout last week’s game against Northwestern, but Joe Paterno said earlier this week that he didn’t have “the slightest idea” whether McGloin or Rob Bolden would be the starter at quarterback against Illinois, so it certainly seems worthwhile to point out that it will, in fact, be McGloin. McGloin went 17-for-26 for 192 yards and two touchdowns against Northwestern and has outperformed Bolden this year.

Bittner also writes that wide receiver Derek Moye will dress after sitting out the last two games with a foot injury. Moye is Penn State’s leading receiver this year, with 485 yards, despite missing those two games.

The game between Illinois and Penn State begins at 3:30 PM.

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Illinois Vs. Penn State Game Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

Penn State 7-1 (4-0) looks to continue their dominance over Illinois and maintain their position as the top dog in the Big 10 Leaders Division. They will go up against against the Illinois Fighting Illini 6-2 (2-2), who are cooling off after a 6-0 start, losing to Ohio State and Purdue in consecutive weeks.

Penn State has been stout on the defensive side of the ball, allowing opponents only 13.1 points per game, but Illinois has been torching defenses with their running game to the tune of 199 yards per game. Expect dual-threat quarterback Nate Scheelhaase to be the X-factor in this one.

Who: No. 19 Penn State Nittany Lions 7-1 (4-0) Vs. Illinois Fighting Illini 6-2 (2-2)

Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

When: 3:30 p.m. EST

TV Information: ABC, Carter Blackburn and Brock Huard will be on the call.

Radio Information: WQWK ESPN Radio 1450

Spread: Penn State by 5.5

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Penn State vs. Illinois: Joe Paterno Says Starting Quarterback Still Undetermined

The Nittany Lions' coach still won't commit to one signal caller.

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