Illinois upsets Penn State in first nine-overtime game in NCAA history

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Casey Washington caught a 2-point conversion walk from Brandon Peters to extremity the archetypal nine-overtime crippled successful NCAA past and assistance Illinois implicit No. 7 Penn State 20-18 Saturday.

The teams were tied astatine 10 aft regulation, exchanged tract goals successful the archetypal 2 overtimes, past began to alternate 2-point attempts successful the 3rd OT arsenic portion of a format tweaked up of the 2021 season.

Neither squad converted until the eighth overtime, erstwhile Isaiah Williams ran 1 successful to enactment Illinois up 18-16. Penn State’s Noah Cain kept the crippled live with a 2-point tally of his own.

In the ninth OT, Sean Clifford’s walk to Parker Washington was breached up by linebacker Khalan Tolson. Peters past recovered Washington adjacent the backmost of the extremity portion for the winning completion.

The 2-point conversion shootout started successful 2019, the play aft LSU and Texas A&M played a 7 overtime crippled that near some teams severely beaten up. The regularisation was tweaked this year, with the 2-point conversion possessions opening with the 3rd overtime alternatively of the fifth.

CollegeCasey Washington is affectional aft the win.Getty Images

Chase Brown and Josh McCray combined for 365 rushing yards and a touchdown and James McCourt kicked 3 tract goals, including 39- and 32-yarders successful overtime, to drawback Illinois’ three-game skid to Penn State.

The 2 bullish backs blasted done wide-open holes and flanked Penn State’s defence again and again connected a soggy time astatine Beaver Stadium. The Illini (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten) outgained the Nittany Lions 370 yards to 207 successful regularisation and battled backmost from an aboriginal 10-0 deficit.

Peters, usually Illinois’ starter, came disconnected the seat erstwhile Artur Sitkowski wounded his near manus successful the sixth overtime period.

KeAndre Lambert-Smith caught a touchdown walk and Jordan Stout added 3 tract goals for the Nittany Lions (5-2, 2-2) who ran for conscionable 62 yards and struggled to support ailing Clifford.

Led by Brown’s 229 full yards, the Illini tied it 10-10 aboriginal successful the 4th fourth with a 37-yard tract extremity from McCourt.

A sloppy 4th fourth gave mode to overtime wherever McCourt and Stout matched each different connected tract goals earlier a drawstring of extremity enactment standoffs pushed the crippled into unprecedented territory.

Clifford suffered an unspecified wounded connected Oct. 9 astatine Iowa and didn’t decorativeness that game. He handled a airy workload aboriginal Saturday.

College FootballIllinois celebrates its upset of Penn State.AP

The third-year starter attempted conscionable 9 passes successful the archetypal fractional and was dilatory to get to his feet aft taking a sack connected his archetypal series. After 2 lackluster possessions and conscionable 15 yards connected 7 plays, Clifford was capable to rally his discourtesy connected its 3rd try.

Working quickly, Clifford completed 2 consecutive passes downfield to apical people Jahan Dotson, past fired a slug to slanting KeAndre Lambert-Smith for a 42-yard touchdown.

The Nittany Lions’ defence helped retired moments aboriginal erstwhile linebacker Brandon Smith blasted Sitkowski. The backup backmost fumbled to D’Von Ellies.

Penn State settled for a 35-yard tract extremity from Stout erstwhile the discourtesy stalled astatine the Illinois 17. Stout’s footwear made it 10-0 with 11:42 to play successful the 2nd quarter.

Illinois’ rushing offense, which racked up 165 yards successful the archetypal half, picked up the pace.

Led by Brown and McCray, the Illini ran the shot 12 times connected a 15-play thrust that ended erstwhile Brown bulled into the extremity portion from a gait retired and chopped Penn State’s pb to 10-7.

Illinois continued to power the gait with its moving game, and turned a 16-play, 70-yard thrust into a tying tract extremity from McCourt.