After a lucky roughing the passer call on the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Illinois Fighting Illini were able to score a field goal to end the first half of action from Beaver stadium.
Illinois had a chance to score a touchdown with about 30 seconds left after a little screen pass to Josh Ferguson. However, the Illini took so long to call a play that the clock ran down to 2 seconds before Nathan Scheelhasse snapped the ball and incompleted a pass in the endzone.
The Illinois offense has struggled mightily in the first half against PSU. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has thrown for 175 yards with just a single interception, but the Illini run game is almost nonexistent. As a team, Illinois has only ran the ball seven times for a total of 38 rushing yards.
Spencer Harris did catch a pass in the endzone, but the play was called back due to a clipping call on the Illini.
The Illinois defense looked shaky to begin the game, but picked things up towards the end of the first half. Penn State scored on their first two possession and haven’t scored since.
PSU’s freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has thrown for 107 yards and scored one rushing touchdown while running back Bill Belton ran for 95 yards and a score in the first half.
The defense has picked things up in this game. Now it is time for the offense to do the same. Illinois needs to effectively run the ball in the second half.
Otherwise, the Nittany Lions could run away with this game in the second half.
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