Playing in their first road test of the 2009 season, the Nittany Lions broke out the all-vanillas and ran up, through and around the Illinois defense en route to a 35-17 win. The 338 rushing yards were a season high for Penn State, a team which had been struggling to gain yards on the ground for the first four games of the year.
Penn State dropped their first game of the 2009 season Saturday night in front of 109,000+ fans at a cold, wet a dreary Beaver Stadium. For the second straight year, the Iowa Hawkeyes handed the Nittany Lions their first loss of the season, this time by a 21-10 score that as a whole, is a very misleading margin.
Penn State improved to 3-0 on the 2009 season by beating Temple 31-6 on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. The win leaves them as one of five Big Ten teams sill unbeaten for the season and sets up a prime-time showdown with fellow unbeaten Iowa this coming week.