ILLINOIS: Game Report

The Lions continue their sluggish ways, limping through a homecoming defeat at the hands of the Fighting Illini by a score of 33-13.

4th quarter

The Lions are unable to mount any attack despite substituting Newsome for Bolden as a change of pace. A parade of Nittany Lion injuries further depletes the team as the Illini complete the scoring with a final field goal.

FINAL: Illinois 33, PSU 13.

3rd quarter

• Trick play by Illinois has running back Jason Ford hit wide receiver Evan Wilson for a 4-yard touchdown.

Drive: 9 plays, 68 yards, 4:18

Illinois 27, Penn State 13

Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure becomes third opposing rusher to top 100 yards vs. PSU this season.

• Dailey injured. Attended to on field. Penn State D is decimated by injuries. Without 10 defensive regulars at this moment.

• Diemke hits 41-yard field goal.

• Fans start heading for the exits.

Drive: 11 plays, 56 yards, 5:15

Illinois 30, Penn State 13

2nd Quarter

• Illinois 18-yard touchdown pass from Scheelhaase to Jenkins, caps long drive.

Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:22

Illinois 7, Penn State 3

Bolden's pass intercepted by Illinois' Nate Bussey for nine-yard touchdown return; intended for Devon Smith

Illinois 14, Penn State 3

On first play from scrimmage after pick-six, Bolden hits Moye for 80-yard touchdown off of naked bootleg.

Drive: 1 play, 80 yards, 0:11

Illinois 14, Penn State 10

Illinois kicker Dimke hits 50-yard field goal.

Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards, 4:09

Illinois 17, Penn State 10

Ramsey muffs another punt, Zordich recovers on Illinois 9.

• Offense still cannot get the red zone offense going. Three-and-out. Crowd lustily boos offense as they leave field.

• Wagner hits 22-yard field goal.

Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:25

Illinois 17, Penn State 13

Dimke hits 31-yard field goal.

Drive: 10 plays, 62 yards, 2:49

Illinois 20, Penn State 13

1st Quarter

• Illinois operating out of hurry-up offense, goes for it on fourth-and-1 from own 29, get first down. Drive stalls at own 48, punts.

• Illinois' Jack Ramsey muffs punt, Penn State's Jacob Fagnano recovers at Illinois 23.

• Penn State red-zone struggles continue; Collin Wagner 28-yard field goal. Drive: 6 plays, 13 yards, 2:56

• Illinois ends period with first-and-10 at Penn State 20-yard line.

Penn State tailback Evan Royster enters the game needing 128 yards to break Curt Warner's school record for career rushing yardage.

Heading into the game, PSU's top four all time was as follows:

1). Curt Warner (3,398 — 1979-82)
2). Tony Hunt (3,320 — 2003-06)
3). Blair Thomas (3,301 — 1985-87, 1989)
4). Evan Royster (3,271 — 2007-now)

Penn State enters the game at 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten. Illinois is 2-2 and 0-1 in the conference. Neither team is ranked.

The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 14-3 and have never lost to the Illini at home.


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