Penn State Vs. Illinois Final Score: Joe Paterno Wins No. 409, 10-7

Encumbered by snowy conditions and Penn State's offense, Penn State won its 409th game with Joe Paterno as head coach. With the victory, Paterno passed Eddie Robinson as Division I's all-time wins leader.

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Penn State Vs. Illinois Final Score: Last-Second Field Goal Doinks, Nitany Lions Win

Penn State scored its first touchdown of the game with just over a minute to go, but it was all the Nitany Lions needed in a game that featured little offense. After slogging through much of the day -- and having only a field goal to show for it -- Penn State somehow ripped off an 80-yard touchdown drive with its back against the wall, trailing Illinois 7-3 late in the fourth quarter. Silas Redd punched it in from five yards out, and Penn State had the 10-3 lead with little time left on the clock.

With the way things were going for both teams offensively, there was little chance Illinois was going to be able to drive 83 yards in just over a minute to tie the game. To illustrate this point, here's the Illinois passing stats heading into the final drive:


C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Nathan Scheelhaase 6/12 21 1.8 1 0
Reilly O'Toole 4/7 31 4.4 0 1
Tim Russell 0/1 0 0.0 0 1


And yet, Scheelhaase somehow found a way to get a drive going after two shaky plays to start the possession. Seven plays and a minute later, the Illini were in field goal range, and had Derek Dimke a 42-yard field goal attempt for the tie.

Demke's kick had the distance, but hit the right upright as Penn State hung on for the 10-7 win. The kick was the second special teams mistake of the day, the first of which came on a botched hold on what should have been a chip-shot field goal.

The final score in Happy Valley: Penn State 10, Illinois 8.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Illinois blog Hail to the Orange, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Penn State Vs. Illinois Halftime Score: What Score?

We knew the sledding would be tough as Penn State and Illinois played a fun game of football in frigid weather. So the 0-0 halftime score shouldn't come as a huge surprise, especially considering both teams boast strong defenses and offenses that simply grind it out. But this is pretty bad.

Both teams are under 100 yards of total offense, combining for 176 yards in the half. Passing, as expected, is almost non-existent, with Penn State throwing for 33 yards and Illinois picking up 22 yards through the air. And each team has two turnovers -- Penn State fumbled twice while Illinois fumbled once and threw an interception.

This may be a race to seven, but tune-in for punting!

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Illinois blog Hail to the Orange, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Penn State Vs. Illinois Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

Penn State and Illinois take the field on Saturday in a matchup with plenty of Big Ten Leaders division implications.

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