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STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
For most of Saturday’s Big Ten matchup between Penn State and Illinois, the Penn State offense was stagnant. But Silas Redd’s 3-yard run with just a minute left in the fourth quarter gave the Nittany Lions a 10-7 lead that they would not relinquish. The win was Penn State head coach Joe Paterno's career 409 win, the most of any coach in Division I college football. Illinois had taken a 7-0 lead in the third quarter when Nathan Scheelhaase hit Spencer Harris for a 10-yard touchdown. Matt McGloin was the starter for Penn State and an appearance by quarterback Rob Bolden would not get the Penn State offense going. But late in the fourth quarter, Penn State blocked an Illinois punt, giving the home team the ball inside the Illinois 30. The offense stalled nearing the goal line and Anthony Fera hit a 30-yard field goal to close Penn State to 7-3. With just over two minutes left, McGloin and the offense took the field. The offense was enlivened by the appearance of senior...
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