ILL: In-Game Progress Report

After falling behind 3-0, senior QB and company go on scoring spree to pound the overmatched Illini, winning 63-10. The Nittany Lions improve to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten, and remain in a tie for first place in the league.

Penn State may miss injured star freshman wideout Derrick Williams as the season goes along. But in tonight's game at Illinois, quarterback Michael Robinson led an aerial and ground onslaught vs. the overmatched Illini.

Robinson accounted for six touchdowns, four through the air and two on the ground, in the first half. The Lions scored a school-record 56 points in the first half and cruised to a 63-10 victory.

Illinois jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Jason Reda's 41-yard field goal. Then Robinson went wild. He led Penn State on scoring drives on its first four possessions, capping them all with TD passes. There was a 35-yard catch and run to Ethan Kilmer, back-to-back scoring tosses to Deon Butler (31 and 19 yards), and a 2-yard flick to backup tight end Patrick Hall.

At the end of the first quarter, PSU led 28-3. A fumble recovery for a score by linebacker Dan Connor early in the second quarter made it 35-3.

Later in the second, Robinson went option left, picking up a block from FB BranDon Snow, to make it 42-3. Robinson later scrambled 31 yards for his sixth TD of the game and a 49-3 lead.

The Lion reserves entered late in the half, and, following a long pass from Anthony Morelli to Lydell Sargeant, Rodney Kinlaw ran wide right for a 1-yard TD and 56-3 lead.

Penn State went into shutdown mode in the second half, and did not throw a pass in the final two quarters. But, when the Illini finally began to move the ball vs. State's strong defense, Nolan McCready's 77-yard interception for a touchdown made it 63-3.

Illinois scored a late TD on a short pass to account for the final score.

The Lions, who lost their first game of the season last week at Michigan, are 7-1 and 4-1 in the Big Ten. The win tonight keeps them in a first-place tie (with Wisconsin) in the league.

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