Penn State 35, UI 7: Just the facts

Penn State 35, UI 7: Just the facts

A quick take on Penn State's romp at Memorial Stadium:

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.

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.

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.

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

FACT: They stunk up a football stadium for the 3rd time this season in 5 games!

This coaching staff is getting outclassed, outcoached, humiliated and blown out!

Jam wrote on September 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

"Beans and weanies for the coaching staff at the training table until the next Illini win"!!!

aaeismacgychel wrote on September 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Tell you what, I'll cook the entire coaching staff nice steak dinners if the rest of you want to help clear out their offices and set their car's GPS destination to Toledo.

cornmd wrote on September 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Karma is a bitch.  Beckman had no business trying to poach Penn State players this past summer.  He showed his true colors as the only Big Ten coach who showed up on thier campus trying to lure away their players.  Despicable!

peterborich wrote on September 30, 2012 at 1:09 am

That's the Illini spirit... Hoping we get crushed by Wisconsin.... You should be ashamed of yourself Illini Himey...

crackerman wrote on September 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

I'm not blaming the coaching staff just yet. I believe the players are just plain stupid! It's the same stupid mistakes we watched this football program make under Zook!

racehorse00 wrote on September 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I thought that Illinois was going to play recreational football this year until they could hire a Div I coach, and for that matter, a Div I AD.  I suppose this is a pretense for the basketball season, too.