Scores

Final/OT

Illinois 17

(3-5, 0-4 Big Ten)

Penn State 24

(5-3, 2-2 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013

Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

1 2 3 4 OT T
ILL 0 3 7 7 017
PSU 7 7 0 3 724

Top Performers

Passing: N. Scheelhaase (ILL) - 321 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Belton (PSU) - 36 CAR, 201 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Robinson (PSU) - 11 REC, 165 YDS

Penn State beats Illinois on interception in overtime

Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter with a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Ryan Keiser sealed the win with an end zone interception, lifting Penn State over Illinois 24-17 on Saturday.

Bill Belton rushed for 201 yards, the first Nittany Lion (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) to hit the 200-yard mark since Larry Johnson in 2002.

Penn State's Sam Ficken kicked a 35-yard field goal with 41 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into OT.

Hackenberg, who threw for 240 yards, zipped a perfect pass over the middle to Carter for the winner.

Nathan Scheelhaase's first pass of OT was picked off by Keiser. With a strong second half, Scheelhaase rallied the Illini (3-5, 0-4) back from a 14-0 first-half hole to give them the lead.

Both teams were coming off blowout losses: Penn State was crushed 63-14 at Ohio State and Michigan State thumped the Illini 42-3.

Under coach Bill O'Brien, the Nittany Lions haven't lost two straight games since their 0-2 start last season.

Scheelhaase did his best to end that streak.

He was strong when needed on Illinois' late fourth-quarter drive. He eluded pressure on a 12-yard scramble to the 36. With Illinois facing third-and-10, Penn State called its last timeout. Scheelhaase then hit Jon Davis for a 9-yard gain and completed the drive with a 7-yard TD pass to Josh Ferguson for a 17-14 lead.

Penn State tried to pull off the comeback in much the same way it beat undefeated Michigan in a four-overtime thriller last month. Hackenberg's sideline heave was caught by Allen Robinson for a 39-yard gain. Robinson, who caught 11 passes for 165 yards, had one foot in bounds and an incomplete call was reversed on review.

Belton, in his one mistake, couldn't hang on to the ball as he plowed into Illinois' line and lost a fumble with 3:23 left.

Penn State still got one more shot, starting at Illinois' 49 thanks to an awful punt. Hackenberg failed to connect with Brandon Felder on two shots at the end zone. Ficken still had enough time for the tying field goal.

The Nittany Lions would win their second straight game at home in OT.

Scheelhaase, who threw for 321 yards, went 8 of 10 on Illinois' third-quarter scoring driving, capped by Ferguson's 6-yard TD run that cut it to 14-10.

Illinois had little trouble in the first half moving the ball against Penn State, it just couldn't finish drives with a score.

Scheelhaase had a ball tipped in Penn State territory and intercepted by cornerback Jordan Lucas at the 1. The Nittany Lions pounced, with Belton ripping off a 16-yard run and Hackenberg and Robinson connecting on a 47-yard reception, setting up Belton's 5-yard TD run for a 7-0 lead.

Again, Illinois drove the ball with ease, only to have a touchdown called back because of a chop block penalty.

Belton and Robinson were the only Nittany Lions to rush or catch the ball in the first quarter and combined for all 151 yards of offense.

Hackenberg ended a 17-play scoring drive, PSU's longest of the season, with a 6-yard rush for a 14-0 lead in the second.

The Nittany Lions wasted a chance to head into halftime with a shutout on the final play of the half. The Nittany Lions were whistled for a personal foul on Scheelhaase on the final play of the half. With no time left on the clock, Illinois took advantage, and Taylor Zalewski kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 14-3.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILL
PSU
1st Downs2725
Total Yards411490
Passing321240
Rushing90250
Penalties9-7111-95
3rd Down Conversions8-138-18
4th Down Conversions0-12-3
Turnovers21
Possession25:0834:52

Passing Leaders

IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scheelhaase33/523216.212
Penn StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hackenberg20/322407.510

Rushing Leaders

IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scheelhaase8354.4013
Ferguson10343.4113
Penn StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Belton362015.6116
Zwinak6254.207

Receiving Leaders

IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris10818.1026
Ferguson67312.2126
Penn StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson1116515.0047
Felder11919.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILLPSU
TD09:44Bill Belton 5 Yd Run. (Sam Ficken Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERILLPSU
TD13:13Christian Hackenberg 9 Yd Run. (Sam Ficken Kick) 014
FG00:00Taylor Zalewski 20 Yd 314
THIRD QUARTERILLPSU
TD04:47Josh Ferguson 8 Yd Run. (Taylor Zalewski Kick) 1014
FOURTH QUARTERILLPSU
TD05:30Josh Ferguson 7 Yd Pass From Nathan Scheelhaase. (Taylor Zalewski Kick) 1714
FG00:41Sam Ficken 35 Yd 1717
OVERTIMEILLPSU
TDKyle Carter 15 Yd Pass From Christian Hackenberg. (Sam Ficken Kick) 1724