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Fighting Illini upsets No. 7 PSU in FBS record 9 overtimes

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Penn State Nittany Lions played a marathon game. It was the longest overtime game in FBS history.

The Fighting Illini defeated the Nittany Lions, 20-18, on Saturday at Beaver Stadium at University Park, Pennsylvania. This game went to nine overtimes before the Fighting Illini came out on top.

Chase Brown carries the football against Penn State (Photo by Illini Football/Instagram)

This was Fighting Illini’s head coach Brett Bielema’s 100th career win.

The Fighting Illini improved to 3-5 on the season. They are now 2-3 in conference play.

The Nittany Lions fell to 5-2 overall. Penn State fell to 2-2 in the Big Ten Conference.

Illinois has won their 19th game over an Associated Press Top 10 team as an unranked team. It was their first upset win since a 24-23 win over then-No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 19, 2019.

However, it was their first upset on the road in 14-years. That’s when the Fighting Illini defeated then-No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes in a 28-21 win.

Fighting Illini quarterback Artur Sitkowski went 8 of 19 for 38 yards. He also threw an interception.

Chase Brown had 32 carries for 223 yards and one touchdown. Donny Navarro III had two receptions for 12 yards.

Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford went 19 of 34 for 165 yards. He also had one touchdown pass.

Noah Cain had 11 carries for 43 yards. Jahan Dotson had six receptions for 69 yards.

Brown scored a one-yard rushing touchdown. James McCourt also made four field goals.

Clifford hit KeAndre Lambert-Smith for a 42-yard touchdown pass. Jordan Stout also made three field goals.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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