Nittany Lions Stumble
The Nittany Lions may be in for a long season.
Penn State was dominated by an inexperienced Illinois football team. They fell 33-13 on the road in the second Big Ten contest of the season.
The Penn State offense was stifled all day by the Fighting Illini. Illinois only had one three-and-out throughout the entire game.
On their first offensive possession, the Nittany Lions were able to drive down the field. Colin Wagner booted a 28-yard field goal to give Penn State an early 3-0 lead.
The Fighting Illini were able to answer the Nittany Lions’ field goal with a touchdown of their own. Nathan Scheelhaase connected with receiver A.J. Jenkins for an 18-yard touchdown to give Illinois the lead.
The Illini were controlling the play for the majority of the first half. Robert Bolden was picked off by linebacker Nate Bussey and Bussey took the interception in for a touchdown making the score 14-3.
Bolden and company were able to answer in a huge way. The Illini kickoff was sent into the end zone for a touchback.
Bolden then throw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye to put the Nittany Lions right back into the game.
Every time Penn State looked like they were cutting into lead, the Fighting Illini answered back with points of their own.
This time kicker Derek Dimke kicked a 50-yard field goal to make it a 17-10 game.
The teams traded a pair of field goals before halftime. The Nittany Lions found themselves down 20-13 at the half.
The second half was even worse than the first half. The Nittany Lions were held scoreless and gave up 13 points on defense.
The Fighting Illini added a trick-play touchdown and two field goals to win the game 33-13.
Penn State now stands at 3-3 at the midway point of the season. They have a bye week next week before travelling to Minnesota to face a very bad Golden Gophers team.
The Nittany Lions have a lot to work on and the inconsistency of the offense is among the top concern.
The inability to put points on the board is a major problem. Bolden is having a typical freshman season and is going through tremendous growing pains.
Penn State really needs to turn its play around if they want a bowl bid this season.