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Illinois V.S. Penn State: Nittany Lions Lead Illini 14-10 After the 3rd Quarter

The Illinois Fighting Illini entered the halftime locker room after barely getting three points after wasting about 28 seconds on offense. However, things picked up for the Illini in the second half.

Just like in the first half, the Illinois defense continued to give the Penn State offense problems in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions only had two offensive drives that ended with a punt and a turnover of downs.

Illinois was able to get in the endzone finally on their first drive of the third quarter. Running back Josh Ferguson was able to punch the ball into the endzone on an 8-yard run which pulled the Illini within four points of the Nittany Lions.

Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase looked a lot better in the second half of the game as well. He enters the fourth quarter with 262 passing yards and one lone interception.

The most important thing for the Illini on offense in the fourth quarter will be the pace in which they run their offense as a unit.

Illinois will need to keep their foot on the pedal in order to win their first Big Ten game under head coach Tim Beckman. If they are able to do that and score one more TD, then the defense might be able to do enough to win this game in Happy Valley.

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