Following a wide receiver pass for a touchdown from Illinois’ Trenard Davis, the Nittany Lions starred right into a 24-21 deficit against the Illini. In a game where Penn State was a 26-point favorite, it seemed like an upset could be on the horizon in Champaign.
Well, not quite.
Penn State reverted back to its 2016 ways — that is, being a second half team. Miles Sanders scampered for 48 yards to give the lead back to the Nittany Lions, and from there, it was pure domination from James Franklin’s crew. Trace McSorley found Juwan Johnson on a pivotal third down to make it 35-24, and then following a Jan Johnson interception, No. 9 found KJ Hamler to put the game out of reach at 42-24.
Of course, that wasn’t it from the Nittany Lions. Ricky Slade scored twice down the stretch — one on a 61-yard run and the other on a 1-yard run.


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