FOS Illinois Game Fast Wrap

After a heartbreaking last-second loss to Michigan a week earlier, questions arose about Penn State’s ability to bounce back this week against Illinois. The Nittany Lions gave their answer Saturday night in Champaign, crushing the Illini 63-10 to maintain a share of first place in the Big Ten.

Don't want to wait for our staff in Champaign to conduct postgame interviews? Check out the FOS Illinois Game Fast Wrap.

Leading Penn State was quarterback Michael Robinson, who tied a school record with six touchdowns on the night. The senior went 11 for 18 for 194 yards and four touchdowns through the air in addition to two rushing scores. Robinson accomplished all of this before the end of the second quarter, when Penn State led 56-3.

After Illinois marched down the field 56 yards on the opening possession of the game, Jason Reda hit a 41-yard field-goal attempt that kissed the right upright before going through.

Penn State responded three plays later as Robinson connected with Ethan Kilmer across the middle for a 35-yard touchdown reception. By the end of the first quarter, Robinson also threw a touchdown pass to tight end Patrick Hall and two touchdown completions to Deon Butler.

By the start of the second half, Penn State brought in its second- and third-team offensive and defensive players. Both Anthony Morelli and Paul Cianciolo saw time at quarterback, but were limited to handing off the ball to their running backs, even in third-down situations. Morelli finished the day going 1-for-2 for 23 yards, his only passes coming late in the first half. PSU did not throw a pass in the second half.

Also, true freshman cornerback Devin Fentress stepped in to see his first action of the season.

Penn State’s lone score in the second half came when Nolan McCready intercepted a Tim Brasic pass and returned it 7 -yards.

The Nittany Lions’ defense held Illinois to 241 total yards on the night, while Penn State’s offense dominated a young Illini defense for 438 total yards.

Next week, Penn State returns home to play Purdue at 3:30 p.m. for its homecoming game.

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