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.
-Redd had his fifth straight 100-yard game. The sophomore from Norwalk, Conn. had 137 yards on a career-high 30 carries. He now has 1,006 yards on the season.
-Linebacker Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro, N.J.) had a career-high 19 tackles, including a sack. He also forced a fumble and broke up two passes.
"I just hustled and was around the ball," Hodges said. "They were mostly on hustle plays. I was running down the field and on the opposite side of the field."
-Senior wide receiver Derek Moye returned to action for the first time since breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot on Oct. 11. He entered on the final play of the third quarter and made two catches for 29 yards and drew a crucial pass interference call in the game-winning drive.
-Illinois running back Jason Ford became the second player to rush for 100 yards on Penn State's defense. Alabama's Trent Richardson was the first. Ford had 23 carries for 100 yards. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase added 89 rushing yards.
-Penn State has an off-week before hosting Nebraska on Nov. 12.