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Nittany Lions Den:
Yes, it was just one win over what is a poor Illinois football team. Yes, it was just one win in September. Yes, it was just the Big 10 opener.
Nevertheless, it was one win that will be cherished by the Penn State football players, coaches and fans.
As much as they tried to downplay it all week, it was clear that Illinois’ eight-coach invasion of State College during the summer still was an issue with everybody involved on the Penn State side.
This team was clearly on a mission to send a message Saturday – and it did just that.
Penn State demolished Illinois 35-7 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score and could’ve been much worse. Quarterback Matt McGloin clearly wasn’t sharp – especially early in the game – and placekicker Sam Ficken’s troubles continued with a missed field goal and a blocked 18-yarder.
Yet, the Nittany Lions physically beat up the Illini. This is a Penn State team that didn’t have a rushing touchdown from a running back and it r...
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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...
Even a blind kid could see that Michael Mauti was going to win this week’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award for his total domination of the Illinois offense. It’s the second time in three weeks that Mauti has been the DPOW. Not too shabby. The make-shift Illini offensive line had to be terrified when they saw Mauti line up across from them…he was on a rampage....
The Penn State Nittany Lions have rebounded with three straight wins after back to back losses to open the season against Ohio and Virginia. Of course, competition has helped since the wins have come against teams with a combined record of 4-8. Despite the level of opposition, Penn State does appear to be improving and three of the final seven games are against ranked teams (Northwestern...
CHAMPAIGN - Notable quotes from Penn State coach Bill O'Brien & players following the 35-7 win over Illinois.
With a 5-0 record under their belt, the Wildcats now turn their focus to the next challenge, a tough road test against the Penn State Nittany Lions. PurpleWildcats.com offers notes and quotes from the Monday news conference.
CHAMPAIGN - Penn State took advantage of a string of Illini mistakes, building a 21-0 lead at halftime.
CHAMPAIGN - Follow the latest news, notes and discussion as Illinois opens Big Ten play against Penn State.
See what the Nittany Lion coach had to say after Penn State pounded Illinois at Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Tim Beckman should have listened to Michael Mauti when he decided to send his coaches to Penn State to try to recruit the PSU free agents after the Sandusky Sanctions came out. At the very least, Beckman should have apologized. He did neither and Mauti made. him. pay.
Mauti’s been a leader for the Nittany Lions off the field all year and even though he’s been a beast on the...
See the statistical breakdown of Penn State's Big Ten road clash with Illinois here.
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.
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...
CHAMPAIGN - The final play of Illinois' 35-7 loss to Penn State summed up the day's struggles perfectly.
Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions drubbed the Illini in Champaign? We let you know right here.
CHAMPAIGN - Self-inflicted mistakes led to Illinois struggles in 35-7 loss to Penn State.