Illinois Bests Penn State

Illinois bests Penn State, 20-18. There have been worse games but, I don’t remember when. The 7th Ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2) welcomed the 3-5 Illinois Fighting Illini to Beaver Stadium. Oddsmakers had this as Penn State a 24 point favorite. Safe to say, they were just a bit off. Not one Penn State player played well. How bad was it? The Illini outrushed the home squad, 365 to 62. Not a misprint.



Close? More like inept. Sean Clifford, PSU Quarterback did have a nice match-up with Ke-Andre Lambert-Smith for a 42-yard slant pattern that made it a 7-7 game. Jordan Stout connected on a field to put the Lions in front, 10-7. James McCourt countered with a field goal of his own and regulation came to close with a 10-10 score. The combatants would embark on history.

McCourt and Stout exchanged field goals in both the first and second overtime. A new NCAA rule states that after two overtime sessions, each team lines up for two-point attempts. Neither could score in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th. Each was successful in the 8th. Illinois finally got it done in the 9th stanza. It became the longest game in NCAA history.


Penn State had defeated Illinois in their last seven meetings. The duo of Chase Brown and Josh McCray combined for all 365 Illinois rushing yards. Brown rushed 17 times for 134 yards just in the first quarter. Brown finished the day with 223 yards off 33 carries.
McCray compliment with his 142 yards. Illinois bests Penn State.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.