Illinois upsets Penn State in first-ever 9OT game

Illinois wide receiver Casey Washington made the game-winning 2-point catch on a pass from Brandon Peters in the final overtime for the 20-18 勝利, knocking off the No. 7 team in the nation.

I actually cried,” Washington said after the game. “It just felt good.

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Both teams had miscues in the overtime runs. Illinois’ Arthur Sitkowski missed on Illinois’ first try in overtime and then was held to nothing in the next four overtimes. Josh McCray would also be stuffed at the goal line. Sitkowski would have to leave the game in the sixth overtime after getting hurt. It led to Peters getting the game-winning pass to Washington later in the game.

Penn State cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields (5) breaks up a pass intended for Illinois wide receiver Casey Washington (14) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa.on Saturday, 10月. 23, 2021. Illinois defeated Penn State 20-18 in nine overtimes.

Penn State cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields (5) breaks up a pass intended for Illinois wide receiver Casey Washington (14) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa.on Saturday, 10月. 23, 2021. Illinois defeated Penn State 20-18 in nine overtimes. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

Penn State took a page out of the Philadelphia Eagles’ playbook and ran thePhilly Specialbut the pass from tight end Tyler Warren to a banged-up Sean Clifford missed the mark.

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (14) scrambles away from Illinois linebacker Owen Carney Jr. (99) in the first overtime of an NCAA college football game in State College, 上手。, 土曜日, 10月. 23, 2021. Illinois defeated Penn State 20-18 in the ninth overtime.

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (14) scrambles away from Illinois linebacker Owen Carney Jr. (99) in the first overtime of an NCAA college football game in State College, 上手。, 土曜日, 10月. 23, 2021. Illinois defeated Penn State 20-18 in the ninth overtime. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

The two would complete 2-point plays back and forth in the eighth overtime and it came down to the ninth. Clifford’s pass to Parker Washington was broken up by Illinois linebacker Khalan Tolson and on the other end Peters found Casey Washington.

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The team would dogpile on Washington after the game.

To see our locker room right now is pretty special,” Illinois coach Bret Bielema said. “They fight for one another.

Bielema picked up his 100th win as a head coach.

llinois players James McCourt (17) and Jamal Woods (91) celebrate their 20-18 victory over Penn State after the ninth overtime of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa.on Saturday, 10月. 23, 2021.

llinois players James McCourt (17) and Jamal Woods (91) celebrate their 20-18 victory over Penn State after the ninth overtime of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa.on Saturday, 10月. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

Illinois and Penn State were tied at 10 after regulation and exchanged field goals in the first two overtimes. NCAA rules were tweaked so that the two teams run one play from the 3-yard line in the third OT and beyond. Each score counted as two points.

Illinois was very run-heavy during the game with Chase Brown running for 223 ヤード 33 carries and McCray finishing with 142 ヤード 24 キャリー.

10月 23, 2021; University Park, ペンシルベニア, 米国; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Casey Washington (正しい) celebrates following the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.

10月 23, 2021; University Park, ペンシルベニア, 米国; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Casey Washington (正しい) celebrates following the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

Penn State’s Clifford finished with 19-for-34 with 165 ヤードとタッチダウン.

The game previously broke the NCAA record of seven overtimes. テキサスA&M beat LSU in that 2018 ゲーム, 74-72.

Penn State dropped to 5-2 季節に. Illinois moved to 3-5 季節に.

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