Well, a game for the ages did not fall Penn State’s way when it was all said and done.

Coming off the bye week, the Nittany Lions welcomed Illinois to Happy Valley. Entering the game, Bret Bielema and the Illini were 2-5 and without a conference win since knocking off Nebraska in Week 0.

Unfortunately for Penn State, Illinois flipped the script while rushing for 357 yards. Chase Brown rushed for over 200 while Josh McCray added 142 on the ground. By contrast, the Nittany Lions managed just 62 yards rushing while Sean Clifford went 19-for-34 with 165 yards through the air.

At the end of regulation, Penn State and Illinois were knotted at 10-all. The two sides would go on to complete 9 OT sessions with Illinois coming up with a stop and a score of its own for the upset.

Now at 5-2 with 2 conference losses, Penn State’s chances at winning the B1G East are slim at best. The Nittany Lions must still face Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State, all very difficult games that appear more difficult after the shocking loss to Illinois.

Here’s what head coach James Franklin said after the loss: