Illinois upsets Penn State in first 9OT game in NCAA history – .

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Illinois upsets Penn State in first 9OT game in NCAA history – .


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Casey Washington caught a 2-point conversion pass from Brandon Peters to end the first nine-hour overtime game in NCAA history and take Illinois to No.7 in Penn State 20- 18 Saturday.

The teams were tied at 10 after settlement, traded field goals in the first two overtime, then began alternating 2-point attempts in the third OT as part of a tweaked format ahead of the 2021 season. .

Neither team converted until eighth overtime, when Isaiah Williams added one to give Illinois an 18-16 lead. Penn State’s Noah Cain kept the game alive with a 2-point run.

In the ninth OT, Sean Clifford’s pass to Parker Washington was broken by linebacker Khalan Tolson. Peters then found Washington near the back of the end zone for the winning completion.

The 2-point conversion shootout began in 2019, the season after LSU and Texas A&M played a seven-hour overtime game that left both teams severely beaten. The rule has been changed this year, with the 2-point conversion possessions starting with the third overtime instead of the fifth.

Casey Washington is moved after the victory.
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Chase Brown and Josh McCray combined for 365 rushing yards and a touchdown and James McCourt scored three field goals, including 39 and 32 overtime yards, to break Illinois’ three-game slippage at Penn State.

The two bullish full-backs blew wide open holes and flanked the Penn State defense over and over again on a soggy day at Beaver Stadium. The Illini (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten) beat the Nittany Lions by 370 yards to 207 in regulation and hit back after a 10-0 deficit early on.

Peters, normally an Illinois starter, came off the bench when Artur Sitkowski injured his left hand in sixth overtime.

KeAndre Lambert-Smith caught a touchdown pass and Jordan Stout added three field goals for the Nittany Lions (5-2, 2-2) who ran just 62 yards and struggled to protect ailing Clifford .

Led by Brown for 229 yards, the Illini tied 10-10 early in the fourth quarter with a 37-yard field goal from McCourt.

A botched fourth quarter gave way to overtime where McCourt and Stout faced off on field goals before a series of goal-line deadlocks pushed the game into unprecedented territory.

Clifford suffered an unspecified injury Oct. 9 in Iowa and did not finish that game. He handled a light workload early on Saturday.

Illinois celebrates its Penn State upheaval.
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The third-year starter only attempted nine assists in the first half and was slow to get up after taking a sack in his first heat. After two lackluster possessions and just 15 yards on seven plays, Clifford managed to rally his offense on his third try.

Working quickly, Clifford made two straight passes down the field to hit the main target Jahan Dotson, then shot KeAndre Lambert-Smith for a 42-yard touchdown.

The Nittany Lions defense helped moments later when linebacker Brandon Smith blasted Sitkowski. The backup quarterback fumbled at D’Von Ellies.

Penn State settled for a 35-yard field goal from Stout when the offense stalled on the Illinois 17. Stout’s kick put the score to 10-0 with 11:42 left in the second quarter.

Illinois ’hasty offense, which accumulated 165 yards in the first half, accelerated the pace.

Led by Brown and McCray, the Illini executed the ball 12 times on a 15-game drive that ended when Brown entered the one-yard end zone and reduced Penn State’s lead to 10- 7.

Illinois continued to control the pace with their running game and turned a 16-play, 70-yard practice into McCourt’s tying basket.

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