Both Illinois and No. 7 Penn State came into Saturday looking to make a statement on the defensive side of the ball. There was clear that the defenses would be the only reason that either team won as the game went into nine overtimes. At that point, it wouldn’t be which team’s offenses would get the edge, it would be which team’s defense would give up the deciding score.

Illinois’ defense would only allow 227 total yards of offense from Penn State with only 62 of them coming from the rushing game. They also allowed only 14 first downs from Penn State as they were stout on third downs allowing only 4-of-17 third conversions from Penn State.

This was one of the biggest upsets in the history of Illinois football. The last road win versus an AP top 10 team was on Nov. 10, 2007 against No. 1 Ohio State. This was only the third win for Illinois under first-year head coach Bret Bielema.