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.
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.