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Recap - Nittany Lions Defeat Illinois 24-17

Recap - Nittany Lions Defeat Illinois 24-17

Penn State got a 201-yard performance from Bill Belton as a key part of its 24-17 victory over the Fighting Illini on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Bettors who backed the Nittany Lions were disappointed, as they failed to cover the closing number of 11. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 54.5.

Christian Hackenberg completed 20 of 32 pass attempts for 240 yards for the Nittany Lions in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.

Nathan Scheelhaase rushed for 35 yards for Illinois, while Josh Ferguson added 34 yards. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 321 yards for the Fighting Illini, while receivers Spencer Harris and Josh Ferguson had 81 and 73 yards respectively.

Illinois lost the offensive yardage battle to Penn State 490-411 yards in Saturday's game. Illinois had more first downs as that total ended up 27-25.

The time of possession battle favored Penn State as their offense was on the field for 34:52, longer than the 25:08 of their opponents.

Penn State looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against Minnesota. Illinois will aim to get back on the winning track at Indiana.