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Illinois outlasts Penn State in record-breaking nine overtime win

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Illinois finally finished the game that would never end. 

It took 60 minutes of regulation, two overtime periods starting at the 25-yard line, and seven periods made up of two-point conversion attempts for the Illini to defeat the No. 7 Nittany Lions 20-18. 

Wide receiver Casey Washington made the game-winning catch in the end zone on a pass from Brandon Peters. 

Both offenses completely lost their momentum throughout the overtime periods. They both exchanged field goals during the first and second periods.

The third period is when it started to get worse. Both Penn State and Illinois dropped several potential game-winning passes that let the game continue for an extra nine periods. According to the NCAA’s new overtime rules, the third overtime period consists of teams to running alternate two-point conversion plays instead of offensive possessions. 

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Illinois’ quarterback Artur Sitkowski injured his wrist in the third overtime. Peters took over in the fourth overtime period. Peters threw consecutive incomplete passes before throwing the game-winning pass to Washington. 

The win over Penn State marks Illinois’ first win over a Top 10 opponent since 2007, when the Illini defeated the Buckeyes 28-21. The loss marks Penn State’s first loss at home since November 2020. 

Illinois is scheduled to host Rutgers next week. Penn State will travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the No. 5 Buckeyes in what is likely one of the most exciting Big Ten matchups this season. 



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