No. 10/9 Penn State Runs Past Illinois, 63-24
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – No. 10/9 Penn State totaled 387 rushing yards, led by 200 yards and three touchdowns from junior running back Miles Sanders, as it defeated Illinois, 63-24, Friday night in Memorial Stadium in the Big Ten football opener for both teams
Penn State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) put the game out of reach with 42 unanswered points in the second half, with 35 coming in the fourth quarter. Penn State had built a 21-7 lead to start, only to see Illinois (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) score the next 17 points for a 24-21 lead early in the third quarter. However, a Sanders 48-yard touchdown run with 8:36 remaining in the third quarter put Penn State back in the lead, and the Lions never looked back.