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Illinois V.S. Penn State: Nittany Lions And Illini Tied At 17-17 After Regulation


Illinois was almost able to earn their first Big Ten victory since the 2011, but the Penn State Nittany Lions were able to tie the game at 17 apiece towards the end of regulation.

The Illini defense was able to force Bill Belton to fumble the football at around the 3-yard line. However, the offense could not run the clock out after going three-and-out.

Illinois’ defense had the “bend, don’t break” mentality as they forced Penn State in to kicking a 35-yard field goal to tie the game 17-17.

Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has thrown for 322 yards on 33 completions with one touchdown and one interception.

The biggest loss for the Illini entering overtime will be an injury to running back Josh Ferguson. Josh Ferguson left the game late in the fourth quarter with stiffness and pain in his hamstring.

Ferguson had racked up 33 rushing yards on ten carries and 73 receiving yards on six catches. He also had one rushing touchdown in the game.

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