Originally written on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 9/27/12
  Penn State and Illinois – it’s difficult to remember these two teams ever generating so much anticipation before they played. Sure, there have been memorable moments in the series. The 1994 comeback win by the Nittany Lions was a classic and will never be forgotten by Penn State fans that saw it. The Lavar Leap came against Illinois. And, of course, there was last year’s kick clanking off the goal post in Joe Paterno’s last game ever. Those are all significant and memorable. But those memories were generated during or after the games. This one has had Penn State fans licking their chops since eight Illinois coaches packed up their tents and left State College in early August. Both teams enter the game with 2-2 records. Penn State, though, is on a two game win streak after beginning the season with difficult losses to Ohio and Virginia. Illinois has collected wins over Western Michigan and Charleston Southern. The Illini were also hammered 45-14 by Arizona State and are comin...
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