Posted September 29, 2012 on
The good, the bad and the ugly from a game in which Michael Mauti and the Nittany Lions delivered a heaping helping of payback to the Illini. Video interviews included.

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions cruise in Big Ten opener

Bill O’Brien and Penn State had a little extra incentive to win their Big Ten opener at Illinois. That extra incentive produced a blowout of Illinois behind another great performance from Matt McGloin, who threw 211 yards and three total touchdowns in the Nittany Lions’ 35-7 rout. Since starting the season with back-to-back losses, Penn State has won three-straight while outscoring...

Penn State 35, Illinois 7: Nittany Lions tougher mentally, physically

If ever there was an opportunity for a statement game, this was it. The decision Illinois head coach Tim Beckman made to send a pack of assistant coaches to Penn State’s campus under lifted NCAA recruiting rules this summer did not sit well with Penn State players and coaches. On Saturday, in the Big Ten opener on Illinois’s campus, Penn State delivered their formal response...

Penn State 99 1/2 yard INT stopped just short of a touchdown

Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti intercepts a pass from Nathan Scheelhaase around the goal line and returns it 99 1/2 yards before being tackled at the 1/2 yard line by Illinois Miles Osei with 0:00 left on the clock. The officials reviewed the play and confirmed Mauti was brought down short of the endzone but put 1 second back on the clock. Illinois elected to kick an 18...

What They Said: Penn State Perspective

CHAMPAIGN - Notable quotes from Penn State coach Bill O'Brien & players following the 35-7 win over Illinois.

Illinois-Penn State: Halftime Rapid Reaction

CHAMPAIGN - Penn State took advantage of a string of Illini mistakes, building a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Illinois-Penn State Gameday Central

CHAMPAIGN - Follow the latest news, notes and discussion as Illinois opens Big Ten play against Penn State.

Ten B1G Thoughts: Penn State

We take a close look at ten pressing topics following the loss against Penn State as Illinois starts Big Ten play.

ILLINOIS: Bill O’Brien Postgame PC

See what the Nittany Lion coach had to say after Penn State pounded Illinois at Memorial Stadium Saturday.

ILLINOIS: By the Numbers

See the statistical breakdown of Penn State's Big Ten road clash with Illinois here.

Offense Fails to Cash in Opportunities

CHAMPAIGN - The final play of Illinois' 35-7 loss to Penn State summed up the day's struggles perfectly.

ILLINOIS: Game Image Gallery

Check out photographer Harvey Levine's work from Penn State's weekend win at Illinois. From pregame action to a frosty postgame handshake, he had it all covered.

ILLINOIS: The High Five

Despite some lulls in their performance, the Nittany Lions systemmatically dismantled Illinois en route to a 35-7 road victory to open Big Ten play. See the highs and lows from the win here.

ILLINOIS: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions drubbed the Illini in Champaign? We let you know right here.

IlliniPlaybookTV: Miscues Cost Illini

CHAMPAIGN - Self-inflicted mistakes led to Illinois struggles in 35-7 loss to Penn State.
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