Quarterback Matt McGloin led a game-winning drive that culminated in a 3-yard touchdownrun by running back Silas Redd and Penn State beat Illinois 10-7 on Saturday in a snowy afternoon game at Beaver Stadium.
The win was Joe Paterno's 409th career victory and made him the winningest coach in Division I football history, as he passed the late Eddie Robinson of Grambling State. It also improved his teams record to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions are now the only team in the Big Ten undefeated in conference play.
"Well, you know, I think that's a tribute to the coaching staff and a tribute to the squad," Paterno said. "I think as I've said here; I think there are a bunch of guys that have stuck together. The coaching staff has stayed with some kids that have had some troubles and the kids themselves have reacted to the coaches. I think we have a nice setup in the sense that we're a team."
-McGloin started at quarterback for Penn State for the second week in a row but Rob Bolden took 14 snaps in the second quarter. McGloin finished 9-of-24 for 98 yards and an interception while Bolden was 0-of-4 with two fumbles, one of which he lost.