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.
WAS THE GAME CLOSE?
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.