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After a shaky 0-2, the Penn State Nittany Lions appear to have found a winning formula and are hitting their stride 5 weeks into the season.
With wins against Navy, in state “rival” Temple and most recently Illinois, Penn State looks to be on track for a successful season, much of which has to be creZdited to stellar coaching, poise from a senior quarterback and solid defensive play.
Matt McGloin threw for a touchdown, rushed for two more and the Penn State offense rolled through a feeble Illinois defense. McGloin, along with Michael Mauti, has set the standard for the Nittany Lions through the first 5 weeks of the season. Deemed a leader during one of the most difficult off seasons in Penn State history, McGloin seems to have focused on just winning football games.
He’s thrown for 10 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions, and moved the ball down the field week after week for Bill O’Brien’s offense. Last year, McGloin was struggling to find his groove on game-day as he split time ...
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CHAMPAIGN - Notable quotes from Penn State coach Bill O'Brien & players following the 35-7 win over Illinois.
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....
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.
See the statistical breakdown of Penn State's Big Ten road clash with Illinois here.
CHAMPAIGN - The final play of Illinois' 35-7 loss to Penn State summed up the day's struggles perfectly.
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.
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...
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.
Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions drubbed the Illini in Champaign? We let you know right here.
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 - Self-inflicted mistakes led to Illinois struggles in 35-7 loss to Penn State.
Saturday at noon, the Nittany Lions will kick off Big Ten play against the Fighting Illini.
Penn State is coming off a 24-13 win against long time rival Temple, and a 34-7 win over Navy a week before. For the Illini, they are coming off a 52-24 drubbing over Louisiana Tech.
Both teams will be returning key offensive weapons on Saturday. For Penn State, starting running back...