staff, September 29, 2012

Penn State's defensive line went crazy in the third, penetrating Illinois' backfield so often that the Fighting Illini finished with negative rushing yardage, at -4 yards, and the margin is still 21, as the Nittany Lions lead 28-7.

Illinois closed the gap to 21-7 when Josh Ferguson threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Harris to cap off a 42-yard drive. The Fighting Illini began the drive with good field position after Tommy Davis returned a punt.

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Penn State made its lead 28-7 when Matt McGloin kept it himself for a one-yard touchdown run on the last play of an eight-play, 57-yard drive.

The Nittany Lions' McGloin passed for 85 yards in the quarter to put him over 200 yards for the game. McGloin has 211 yards through the air so far today.

Penn State is knocking on the door to begin the fourth quarter, with the ball on Illinois' 17-yard line.


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