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FINAL: Penn State 35, Illinois 7

CHAMPAIGN — Hands on his hips, Tim Beckman stood on the sideline with a solemn look on his face.

His first season at Illinois is going in the tank.

Penn State added to the Illini's worries with a 35-7 win Saturday. With three minutes left on the game clock, only a few thousand fans remained in Memorial Stadium. Beckman has coached five games at Illinois; the Illini have lost three of them by at least four touchdowns.

Arizona State and Louisiana Tech used the passing game to rout Illinois by scores of 45-14 and 52-24. But this was old-school Penn State on Saturday. The Nittany Lions pounded out 173 rushing yards and played physical defense to earn their third straight win.

Zach Zwinak ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns for Penn State (3-2). Quarterback Matt McGloin was 18-for-29 for 211 yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Illinois (2-3) committed three turnovers and were overmatched on offense, defense and special teams. The Illini offense needed a trick play — a 22-yard touchdown pass from running back Josh Ferguson to Spencer Harris — to reach the endzone for its only score.

HQ Live Report — Penn State 28, Illinois 7 — End of third quarter

Third-quarter star: Justin Duvernois. An underappreciated highlight of college football — when the punter gives a flying chest bump after a successful boot. Duvernois deftly placed a punt inside the Penn State 1-yard line. That allowed him a flying chest bump while heading to the sideline. Good work, sir. Not only that, but the punter put Illinois in position to score its first touchdown.

Third-quarter goat: Illinois defense. On its scoring drives, the Nittany Lions needed only 2:56, 2:28, 2:52 and 2:31. Arizona State and Louisiana Tech didn't need much time, either.

What we're thinking: We're told Robbie Hummel is here at Memorial Stadium today. The former Purdue star is a cousin of Penn State kicker Sam Ficken. So that got us thinking about basketball season, and the first official practice is 13 days away.

By the numbers

57 — Yards on Duvernois' momentum-turning punt

3 — and-out stop by the Illinois defense, which forced Penn State to punt from the back of the endzone

1 — Career touchdown pass for Josh Ferguson, the running back that hit Spencer Harris for the Illini's first score of the day

46,734 — Announced attendance today here at Memorial Stadium

2:31 — Time of the Nittany Lions' latest scoring drive, which ended with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback Matt McGloin

30 — Percent of the Block I student section, roughly, is still occupied

3 — Times in five games Illinois has been out of the game prior to the fourth quarter

Back at the horn.

Klee

HQ Live Report — Penn State 21, Illinois 0 — Halftime

Second-quarter star: Zach Zwinak. The Penn State tailback "might be an All-American before this one's over," as Loren Tate put it. The 232-pound truckload personified the second quarter of the Nittany Lions, who physically overpowered the Illini. The UI defense appeared worn down from being on the field so much. Penn State had possession for 9:50 of the first quarter and pieced together a 72-yard touchdown drive in the second.

Second-quarter goat: Tim Beckman. This Illinois roster, while injured and not a Big Ten title contender, shouldn't be this bad.

What we're thinking: Michael Mauti was critical of Beckman's decision to recruit current Nittany Lions, and the linebacker is backing it up with his play today. Although he was stopped at the Illinois 2-yard line, his length-of-the-field interception return prevented the Illini from scoring and building momentum. Big ups to Miles Osei, who tracked him down and saved the touchdown.

By the numbers

3 - Former Illini applauded during a play stoppage (Kyle Hudson, Rashard Mendenhall and Vontae Davis)

19 - Yards lost by Penn State on a sack by Michael Buchanan and Justin Staples, knocking the visitors out of field-goal range

$3.857 - Million, Bill Self's annual salary at Kansas after his raise last week

208 - The section where most of the Penn State fans are sitting, a smaller-than-usual contingent from State College

1 - Ejection for helmet-to-helmet contact by Earnest Thomas, who left the field to a standing ovation from the students in the north stands

50 - Yard line, where Penn State kicked off on the next play

2 - Road games — at Wisconsin and at Michigan — the next two weeks

1 - Wordy exchange between Scheelhaase and Mauti heading into the halftime locker room

Back at the end of the third.

Klee

HQ Live Report — Penn State 14, Illinois 0 — End of first quarter

First-quarter star: Illini helmets. Love 'em. Honorable mention goes to the sunshine and soft breeze. Good day for Tate to work on his tan. Donovonn Young's 52-yard burst was the highlight.

First-quarter goat: Tim Beckman. I feel less bad about saying on last week's Sports Page this is a trainwreck so far. That was being kind. Can't blame fans for staying away when this is the product. Groans filled the stadium as Tommy Davis fumbled Penn State's first punt and the visitors converted the turnover into a touchdown. Penn State has been outstanding in first quarters this season, outscoring the opposition 49-0.

What we're thinking: The Illinois sideline appeared lifeless before Young's burst. Where's the enthusiasm? After last week's embarrassment, you might have expected a fired-up huddle. Instead, Steve Hull, who was slapping helmets, seemed to be one of the few Illini fired up to be playing.

By the numbers

7 - Turnovers by Illinois in the past five quarters

9 - Turnovers forced by Penn State this season

4 - Turnovers committed by Penn State this season

1 - Bad penalty by Terry Hawthorne, whose "targeting the head area" resulted in 15 free yards for the Nittany Lions

1 - Missed penalty by the officials for helmet-to-helmet contact from Penn State's Stephen Obeng-Agyapong on Young

4 - Penalties for the Illini just 7 minutes into the game

1 - Prospect from New Jersey sitting with John Groce, Dustin Ford and the Illinois basketball staff in Section 104. His name: Austin Colbert, who walked into the stadium for today's game at 10:49 a.m. The 6-foot-9 forward arrived in Champaign-Urbana on Friday night for his official visit. Two high-major coaches that were recruiting him — but weren't among his final-four list — told me last night Colbert would be "a solid get" for Illinois

1 - Promising season debut for Supo Sanni, who's playing his first game this season after battling a knee injury

3-for-5 - On field-goal attempts this season after Illinois missed a field goal attempt wide right

7 and 6 - Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley's winning score against Luke Donald and Lee Westwood today in the Ryder Cup

Back at halftime.

Klee

Penn State at Illinois — Kickoff

It's 65 degrees under sunny skies. Wind out of the NNE at 3 mph. Forecasted high temperature is 75 degrees.

Illinois won the toss and deferred. Penn State will receive going toward the south end zone.

Illinois captains were Zach Becker, Akeem Spence, Spencer Harris and Glenn Foster.

The folks who cover Penn State have been closely monitoring the interaction between Bill O'Brien and Tim Beckman. There has been none. There are hard feelings there and there will be for a while. O'Brien didn't take too kindly to the way Beckman and his staff visited State College in pursuit of their players after the NCAA sanctions were levied.

Illinois landed offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki, who has yet to play for the Illini.


Here are some predictions from the folks who cover the team.

Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune picked Penn State 21-17

Herb Gould, of the Chicago Sun-Times, picked Penn State 20-17. Herb was kind enough to join us today after covering the Ryder Cup yesterday at Medinah. The Ryder Cup is one of the world’s great events.

Jeff Rice, who covrs Penn State for 247Sports, picked Illinois 20-17

Fletcher Page, of Scout.com, picked Illinois 20-14.

Klee went with Penn State 24-10.

I went with Illinois 20-14.

Loren predicts Steve Stricker will bounce back from a tough day at the Ryder Cup yesterday.

Klee will be back at the end f the quarter.

Penn State at Illinois — 15 minutes before kickoff

Saw former Illini Vontae Davis out and about in downtown Champaign last night. The Indianapolis Colts cornerback has the week off. He’ll be here today. And, no, he was not on the phone with his grandma.

It’s been a rough go of it for Davis, who was traded by the Dolphins to the Colts toward the end of training camp. Through two weeks, quarterbacks had a perfect 158.3 rating when targeting the receiver Davis was covering. They were 10 for 11 for 143 yards with two TDs. Davis, a former first-round pick, is certainly talented enough to be better. Surely he will get it back on track. His brother, Vernon, is having another monster season as the tight end with the 49ers.

Darius Millines, who has missed the last two games, is dressed and going through warm-ups. The receiver probably won’t play with that ankle injury.

His receiver-mate Ryan Lankford is enjoying a monster season. Lankford’s dad (Paul) played for Penn State and later the Miami Dolphins.

I’ll be back with some predictions at kickoff.

Penn State at Illinois — 30 minutes before kickoff

Klee, who just arrived from Nashville, informs me that a large collection of Penn State fans were enjoying themselves near the I Hotel. Klee says they had a big Nittany Lion statue on top of a motor home.

He also tell me the activity outside has picked up since I arrived, says it’s probably the best tailgate of the season to this point.

Penn State’s band is in the house, too. Always cool when you have dueling bands. It’s easy to accommodate the opposition’s band when you’re having trouble filling the stadium otherwise.

Houston Bates, who hasn’t played in two weeks, is on the field going through drills with the rest of the linebackers. He’s listed as the co-starter along with the fantastic freshman Mason Monheim. They will both likely play a lot today.

Steve Hull and Supo Sanni are both going to play today, too. The safeties will help with depth. Keep an eye on Hull after his first hit. He’s dealing with a very tender shoulder that knocked him out of the only game he’s played this season (ASU) pretty early. Sanni is seeing his first action of the season.

No Gene Honda on the public address system today. The White Sox have a very important home game today against the Rays and they’re trying to stay alive for the Central Division title. Hopefully Honda can help them out.

Penn State at Illinois — 45 minutes before kickoff

Bob Asmussen, our regular college football writer, turned 51 yesterday. We hope to have Bob back soon. Bob called me last night to inform me that recruiting guru Tom Lemming will be here today with a boatload of high school players from across the state. I’m going to try to catch up with Lemming at some point today to get a feel on how recruiting is going for Tim Beckman’s program.

The whole team is out on the field stretching. Hugh Thornton is not dressed, the left tackle was injured last week.

Graham Pocic will be back today, likely playing right tackle instead of his normal center spot.

Loren just had a one-sided conversation with Klee about the Freeh Report that essentially doomed the Penn State program. Tate thinks it was unfair that only one side was able to present its case.

For some more pregame entertainment, here’s five things to pay attention to today.

Jeff Rice offers his take on the Penn State program here.

We’ll be back soon.Penn State at Illinois — 60 minutes before kickoff

Good morning, folks. Marcus Jackson here from the Memorial Stadium press box on a picture perfect day for football.

It's "Stripe the Stadium" day and apparently it's "Stripe the Uniform" day for the Illini, too. Illinois, as you may have heard, is breaking out the new matte blue helmets today with an orange block "I" logo. They're wearing orange jerseys on top of blue pants. It's a different look. Penn State is in the familiar white helmet, white top and white pants. One change is they have the players' names on the back for the first time ever.

Pretty decent tailgate going on outside the satadium, but not great. Saw a lot of Penn State folks making their way around the area.

Some reading to get you prepared for the game:

Spent some time with Nathan Scheelhaase earlier this week. The third-year starting quarterback opened up about facing adversity and his faith, among other things.

A whole bunch is different about the Penn State program these days. Read about it here.

I'll be back in  few. 

Paul Klee will be here later, he'll tell you about the lastest hot-shot basketball recruit visiting John Groce this weekend.

Loren is here, too. He'll tell you staories about drinking beer with Red Grange.

 

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Bwp 5P wrote on September 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I wish we could blame all our Ills on Youth..........BUT...................

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Bwp 5P wrote on September 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

BS call on Thomas for helmet to helmet call..........we're snakebit this year!

OKOMIS wrote on September 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Snake bit, huh.. that must be one big snake..

aaeismacgychel wrote on September 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

lol... Yeah snakebit... If only a few plays had gone the other way these past few games we definitely would've made up those 28 point deficits...

CecilColeman wrote on September 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

It is now 21-0 - PennState leads at the half.  Disgusting exhibition by the Illini for the 3rd time in five games.  Where are the moaners and groaners on this site who wanted to get rid of Guenther and Zook?

Penalties - missed field goal - stinky play calling - lots passes for 3 yard gains (if not dropped).............and a 'hurry up' offense that doesn't hurry up.

This clown that Thomas hired (and his staff) is a total joke. Lasagna for dinner, anyone?

Dan Bloeme wrote on September 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm
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Laurel and Hardy (Thomas and Beckman) sure did a number on the football program. Not that the football program was great but they made a bad program even worse yet. They have embarrased Illini Nation and made us a laughing stock and punchline with their shenanigans and aptly demonstrated incompetency. Tar & feather the both of them and run them out of town lickety split. When you know they're bad, it's time. They are so bad, as bad as Illinois ever had at their positions. Sometimes you rush things too much and you hire bad news like them. Take our time next time and hire coaches like O'Brien at PSU not the jokester or "Joker" from Toledo. He makes me puke lasagna . . barf

Oak Park Illini wrote on September 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Okay, Cecil, tell me who would you want to see as AD. Who would you want as head football coach. Who would you had hired? Sure I'm disgusted about what happened today but you don't fire people after 1 year either. I want Beckman to make changes at the coordinator positions, but if the school fires both Thomas & Beckman after only 1 year, guess what? We're going to become a laughingstock and NO ONE will want to come here. So, please, tell me what names you would like to see as AD & football coach.

Salt Life wrote on September 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm
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Thomas and Beckman have ALREADY made Illinois a laughingstock! If anything it will be better when they are run out of town, early or later on. They aren't saviors or miracle workers or coaching gurus or geniuses. They have been exposed as clownish pretenders & oafs.

Illinois88 wrote on September 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Why isn't Jonathan Brown playing on defense? He is walking around on the sideline.

CecilColeman wrote on September 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Maybe Brown didn't like Mrs. Beckman's lasagna?

repeteil wrote on September 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Why not send in a new quaterback?  Are they afraid that a new quarterback might be a great change for them? Poor coaching...and I thought it would be better this year.

 

houstonillini84 wrote on September 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

hard to believe we have gotten so much worse in one year. The talent hasnt changed *that* much. Both of our coordinators seem in over their heads. Very depressing.

CecilColeman wrote on September 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

So does the head coach.

CecilColeman wrote on September 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

With 4 minutes to go, what is the purpose of keeping Nathan in the game at QB?

minwyhe wrote on September 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

The Illini are lucky the Native Americans forced the U of I to take the Natuve American logo off the clothing.  There certainly is no fight left in the football program.  When Illinois is smothered by Penn State's second and third stringers (so many 1st stingers left) the whole team should wear brown bags over their heads to hide.  Maybe, the football program should ask to join Division IIA, but if they could not win at the level maybe it is time to disband the football program.l  No use watching any more Big 110 games unliss you are a masochist.

IlliniHimey wrote on September 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Thomas, Beckman, Gonzalez, and Banks, you can all go pound.

PeterE wrote on September 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Well Gary Moeller, errrr Tim beckman gets blown out for third time in 5 games. Had enough of this joker, Thomas should have left him alone back in the MAC where he belongs. Penn State sure was fired up for the bush league tactics Beckman used on them earlier this year. If anything Penn State backed off the throttle a bit as they might have had a couple more scores. Beckman is NOT the savior of this football program. He brings bush league behavior, embarrasment, clownishness and incompetency to Illinois. I blame Mike Thomas as much as Beckman. Thomas couldn't bring in anyone better and they ran off Vic Koenning. Mad as hell!

houstonillini84 wrote on September 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

not sure Beckman himself is that bad, but his judgement in coordinators and assistants seems poor (and of course thats a big part of his job).

About coach Vic, no way the D looks this bad with coach Vic here. I was very disappointed when he left, but now its more humiliation than disappointment.

Thomas talked the talk about demanding success, let's see if he sticks to that. I have a feeling its a lot easier to talk like that when its the other AD's coaches. When your coaches are stinking it up worse than the last guy's, who wants to bet now the watchwords are patience and faith, not results.

Sad times for our beloved UI.

ColoradoMike wrote on September 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

At least Mike Leach would have put people in the stands.  Thanks for caling it like it is Klee.

Holtz makes fun of us at halftime saying "now you know why Beckman was the campus of Penn State..to get better players"

ColoradoMike wrote on September 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

P.S. I'd also like to see some emotion from the head coach.  Even the Zooker perplexed look was better than this.

Bwp 5P wrote on September 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I tailgated on my deck for the last half of the 3rd quarter and all of the 4th. Not enough beer to drown this current debacle. WTH ?????

Oak Park Illini wrote on September 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I have been trying to be patient with Beckman & the new staff but honestly the coordinators look outclassed and overmatched. The talent on this team is better than a 2-3 record shows but something's not right. It seems as if Banks & Beatty/Gonzales are trying to force-feed their systems on the players rather than adapting the systems to fit the current players strengths. Prime example: under Koenning last year the defense blitzed far more often and as a result had greater success. This week when Akeem Spence admitted they're not blitzing as much that was telling. I'm afraid this is going to get uglier because the coordinators are in over their heads. And the potential recruits see what's happened the last 2 weeks and they have to be wondering, "Do I really want to play at Illinois with THOSE coordinators?" If Beckman wants to save his job I recommend he makes changes with the coordinator positions after the season. 

Salt Life wrote on September 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm
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Heck yeah the Illini coordinators are outclassed and outcoached. But so is the head honcho, Coach Beckman. It's his job and responsibility to get the right guys and then make sure they are doing their job or institute adjustments or changes ASAP. First Beckman brought in the wrong coaches for the job. No way Beckman's defensive coordinator is better than Koenning, the guy he insulted and ran off. Defense is a no show this year after being in top ten nationally under Koenning. Offense is likewise worse than last year and offensive guys run juvenile stuff easily figured out by and stopped by opponents. Maybe this crap worked for Beckman in the MAC but he is thoroughly outclassed and getting outcoached at Illinois. For that I blame Thomas who made an extremely poor choice and saddled Illinois with clownish incompetency for years to come.

griff507 wrote on September 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Sad to say, Illinois football has now become irrelevant. MT, and Beckman have given us all free Saturday afternoons for the rest of the year. Hey Tim, lets keep throwing those 1 yard passes, it has really worked well so far. That matador defense that you have put in is working well also. I bet if you keep coaching them up, pretty soon we will be able to give up at least 70 points, no problem.

I hope this isn't what we will get out of the BB team.

walker wrote on September 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Zook, Gunther & company seem like the good 'ol days to me.  Suddenly i have eerie feelings about Groce since M Thomas was the guy that hired him.

aaeismacgychel wrote on September 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Our last 2 losses I've written scathing responses regarding Beckman and his staff.  I will not do it for a third time, because quite frankly, it doesn't need to be said.  When the announcers for half the game are questioning Beckman and his staff's gameplan, making fun of Illinois for its part in the recruiting scandal and pure incompetence, there's no reason to say anything further.  This is not a time for angry responses or a firetimbeckman.com which I'm sure is up and running right now.  This is a time to quietly send someone into his office, box everything up, and leave the pink slip on his desk.

5 games is enough to make this assessment.  We likely won't get anyone worth anything as coach.  We might not even have an interim coach, If we have to get someone out of the stands each week to man the sidelines, do it.  But this is enough.  I'm done with this.

PeterE wrote on September 30, 2012 at 12:09 am

There are people close to Mike Leach that claim he would have jumped at an Illinois offer but he never received one. Nor did the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and a slew of others who would have been better thasn Beckman any day and twice on Saturday. Perhaps the most logical and possibly best choice was right in front of Thomas, Vic Koenning. If Thomas made Koenning the head coach and saw that he hired one of the best offensive cooridinators they could pry away with enough money thrown at him, I don't believe Illinois would be anywhere near as atrociously putrid this season or getting blown out repeatedly as they are with these terrible, terrible coaches! Pure garbage.

Illinix4 wrote on October 01, 2012 at 11:10 am

Funny how the same naysayers whom disliked Zook and Guenther and thought that Beckman was a better fit are making the same statements about our current coaching staff and AD.  I would rather have kept Zook at least for one more year.  But it is what it is.  Furthermore, unless we are able to hire a Top head coach, this is where our football program is going to stall at every year...with that occasional good year every fifth year.  As as an alum, it saddens me to say that.  Sadden to the point, where I am ready to give up on this football program altogether and just stick to rooting for our basketball team.


Frustrated.  Disappointed. 

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Watching sports on TV has never been more portable. Watch all the games, highlights and interviews live on your laptop! The Online TV Player is ideal for the frequent traveler in long airport waits and train rides. Get instant access to the widest sports coverage on the net directly on your laptop from any location! 


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Watching sports on TV has never been more portable. Watch all the games, highlights and interviews live on your laptop! The Online TV Player is ideal for the frequent traveler in long airport waits and train rides. Get instant access to the widest sports coverage on the net directly on your laptop from any location! 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching sports on TV has never been more portable. Watch all the games, highlights and interviews live on your laptop! The Online TV Player is ideal for the frequent traveler in long airport waits and train rides. Get instant access to the widest sports coverage on the net directly on your laptop from any location! 


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Watching sports on TV has never been more portable. Watch all the games, highlights and interviews live on your laptop! The Online TV Player is ideal for the frequent traveler in long airport waits and train rides. Get instant access to the widest sports coverage on the net directly on your laptop from any location! 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching sports on TV has never been more portable. Watch all the games, highlights and interviews live on your laptop! The Online TV Player is ideal for the frequent traveler in long airport waits and train rides. Get instant access to the widest sports coverage on the net directly on your laptop from any location! 


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Watching sports on TV has never been more portable. Watch all the games, highlights and interviews live on your laptop! The Online TV Player is ideal for the frequent traveler in long airport waits and train rides. Get instant access to the widest sports coverage on the net directly on your laptop from any location! 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching sports on TV has never been more portable. Watch all the games, highlights and interviews live on your laptop! The Online TV Player is ideal for the frequent traveler in long airport waits and train rides. Get instant access to the widest sports coverage on the net directly on your laptop from any location! 


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Watching sports on TV has never been more portable. Watch all the games, highlights and interviews live on your laptop! The Online TV Player is ideal for the frequent traveler in long airport waits and train rides. Get instant access to the widest sports coverage on the net directly on your laptop from any location!