clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Penn State vs. Illinois score: Nittany Lions dominate first quarter, lead 14-0

It's been all Penn St. so far in Champaign, as the Nittany Lions lead the Fighting Illini 14-0 after the first quarter of play.

Penn St. got the scoring underway early in the first quarter. Though Penn St.'s first offensive possession resulted in a three-and-out, Illinois return man Tommy Davis fumbled the ensuing punt, giving the Nittany Lions the ball deep in Illinois territory.

The Nittany Lions received another break on that drive. On 4th-and-3 from the Illinois 7-yard line, an Illinois defender ran into the kicker, setting up Penn St. with 1st-and-goal. Zach Zwinak punched it in for Penn St., giving the Nittany Lions an early 7-0 lead.

Penn St. added another touchdown on their next possession, marching down the field for an eight play, 60 yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Matthew McGloin on a quarterback sneak play.

Illinois threatened to add points late in the first quarter, after a 52-yard run from Donovonn Young that brought the ball to Penn St.'s 11 yard line. Illinois' drive stalled, however, and Taylor Zalewski missed a 26-yard field goal.

Penn St.'s defense has held Illinois to just one first down, and has been nothing short of dominant.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.