The 8-0 Nittany Lions escaped Champaign with a 35-31 victory despite trailing Illinois by three touchdowns in the first half. The win clinched the first Big Ten title under coach Joe Paterno. Penn State would finish the year with a perfect 12-0 record, a Rose Bowl victory and a national championship.
"The Big Ten's Greatest Games" are sports battles that are etched in hearts and minds of Big Ten fans across the nation. They are unforgettable moments that stir passion and pride. They are echoes of both triumphant victories and devastating defeats. Throughout the fall, college football fans will have the opportunity to relive 24 of those match-ups.
The Big Ten Network will televise two classic games each week throughout the football season. "The Big Ten's Greatest Games" will highlight some of the best moments in the rich histories of all 11 Big Ten football programs.
Series producers have interviewed many legendary players and coaches from those games along with those who were on hand to cover the event. Their insight and memories are integrated into each episode.