UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State defense limited Illinois to just 167 yards of offense and quarterback Christian Hackenberg(Palmyra, Va.) threw for two touchdowns and caught another as the Nittany Lions cruised to a 39-0 victory over the Fighting Illini in Beaver Stadium. The shutout was Penn State’s first since 2013 and first in the Big Ten since 2009.
Penn State improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten for first time since 2012, and its margin of victory was the largest against a Big Ten opponent in a shutout since a 49-0 win vs. Northwestern in 2002. It was also Penn State’s largest win in a Big Ten game since a 41-point win (48-7) at Wisconsin in 2008.
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