Illini awful again. Blasted by Penn State 35-7

CHAMPAIGN—After last week’s debacle against Louisiana Tech, the Fighting Illini got trashed at Home by a team on a rebound from an embarressing off season.Matt McGloin threw for 211 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Penn State to a 35-7 win over Illinois Saturday in the schools’ Big Ten opener.Sophomore running back Zach Zwinak added 100 yards and two touchdowns for Penn State (3-2). The Nittany Lions forced three turnovers and held the Illini (2-3) scoreless for the first 34 minutes.Linebacker Mike Mauti intercepted Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase twice.The first came on the Penn State goal line and Mauti returned it 99 yards near the end of the first half — but Penn State failed to score. The second set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Zwinak that put the game out of reach at 35-7.Scheelhaase threw for 270 yards.

NOTES—Plenty was brought up during the week about Illini coach Tim Beckman and other coaching staff members going to State College, over the summer to try to recruit Penn State players when the NCAA gave PSU players freedom to transfer without being forced to sit out.Beckman and Penn State coach Bill O’Brien did not chat on the field prior to the game and their postgame handshake was frosty to say the least.

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