A quick take on Penn State's romp at Memorial Stadium:
PLAY OF THE GAME
After forcing a three-and-out on the game’s first possession, Illinois’ Tommy Davis lined up to field a punt. The ball fell through his arms, was recovered by the Nittany Lions’ Michael Fuhrman and Penn State would score three minutes later to take a 7-0 lead. For the second straight week, the rout was on.
NUMBERS GAME: 29
In its three losses this season to Arizona State, Louisiana Tech and Penn State, Illinois is being outscored by a margin of 29 points. The Illini have lost by four touchdowns in each of their last two home games. Two of those teams (ASU, PSU) are operating under first-year coaches, too.
WHAT IT MEANS
Illinois might be favored once the rest of the season (Oct. 27 vs. Indiana). That’s it. A team that entered the season with high hopes and excitement has been embarrassed three times and the latest defeat really stings because the Penn State program was angry with Illinois’ coming in and they sent a message.
A trip to Madison and the always-rowdy Camp Randall Stadium, where Illinois hasn’t won since 2002, for a date with Bret Bielema’s Badgers. Wisconsin has had its struggles, too, but they play a brand of football very similar to the one Illinois saw on Saturday and the Badgers are more highly regarded.