Scores

Final

Penn State 63

(7-1, 4-1 Big Ten)

Illinois 10

(2-5, 0-4 Big Ten)

7:00 PM ET, October 22, 2005

Memorial Stadium, CHAMPAIGN, IL

1 2 3 4 T
PSU 28 28 7 063
ILL 3 0 0 710

Top Performers

Passing: M. Robinson (PSU) - 194 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: M. Robinson (PSU) - 7 CAR, 69 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Butler (PSU) - 4 REC, 95 YDS, 2 TD

Robinson accounts for six TDs in first half in Nittany Lions' road romp

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Michael Robinson has played wide receiver and running back, but there is no doubt he's as comfortable as could be as Penn State's quarterback.

Robinson threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores -- all in the first half -- leading the 12th-ranked Nittany Lions to a 63-10 rout of Illinois Saturday night. The win keeps the Penn State in a tie with Wisconsin for the Big Ten lead.

"This is as consistent as he's been all year," said coach Joe Paterno, who won his 350th game. "He read things well, hit a couple of open guys and got them the ball in a hurry."

Robinson had scoring throws of 35 yards to Ethan Kilmer, 31 yards and 19 yards to Deon Butler, and 3 yards to Patrick Hall during a first quarter in which the Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-1) averaged more than 11 yards per play on the way to a 28-3 lead. He had touchdown runs of 4 and 31 yards in the second quarter before he was replaced by Anthony Morelli with 1:24 left in the half.

Linebacker Dan Connor ran a fumble back 18 yards for another score and Rodney Kinlaw scored on a 1-yard run 26 seconds before halftime. Nolan McCready ran an interception back 76 yards for Penn State's only second-half score.

"You never expect it to be this easy," Robinson said after completing 11 of 18 passes for 194 yards and leading the team in rushing with 69 yards on seven carries.

The victory was so decisive that Robinson and most of his fellow starters did not play after the Nittany Lions built a 56-3 halftime lead to spoil Illinois' homecoming. The win moved Paterno's record to 350-117-3 in 40 seasons, second on the all-time Division I-A coaching victory list behind Florida State's Bobby Bowden.

"Did I know it was No. 350? No," Paterno said. "It's nice to hear, though."

Penn State set a new school record for scoring in a half, breaking the old mark of 55 set on Oct. 11, 1947, in the first half of a 70-0 victory over Fordham.

"You kind of feel bad," said Robinson, a senior who played running back and receiver, as well as quarterback, during his first three seasons. "You don't want to do that to teams, but nobody felt bad when we were losing like that the past couple of years."

The defeat was the worst for Illinois (2-5, 0-4) since a 69-13 loss to Michigan on Nov. 1, 1986, and marked the second consecutive home game that the Illini have given up more than 60 points, after a 61-14 loss to Michigan State on Sept. 24.

"There's really not a whole lot you can say," said Illini coach Ron Zook after watching his team's losing streak reach five games. "We're going to keep pushing and squeezing and turning. I know there were some good things out there tonight. We've got to keep going."

The Nittany Lions rolled up 438 yards, while Illinois gained 244, its lowest offensive output of the season.

"I never really felt comfortable back there," said Illini quarterback Tim Brasic, who was 8-of-16 for 49 yards. "When you're uneasy back there, you make mistakes."

Illinois took the opening kickoff and marched from its own 20 to the Penn State 23. But a holding penalty stopped the drive and the Illini had to settle for Jason Reda's field goal and a 3-0 lead.

They would gain only 42 more yards and get only one more first down for the rest of the half. They committed nine penalties for 78 yards before halftime.

Just 1:16 after Reda's field goal, Robinson found Kilmer over the middle and he outran two Illini defenders to the end zone with 8:58 left in the quarter. The Nittany Lions scored on seven of eight first-half possessions.

Chris Pazan relieved Brasic in the third quarter and threw the interception that McCready returned for a touchdown. But he also threw a 3-yard TD pass to Rashard Mendenhall to complete a 12-play, 91-yard drive with 2:19 left in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PSU
ILL
1st Downs1915
Total Yards438244
Passing217133
Rushing221111
Penalties4-3510-83
3rd Down Conversions9-152-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers03
Possession29:4830:12

Passing Leaders

Penn StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Morelli1/22311.500-
Robinson11/1819410.840-
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Pazan10/15845.612-
Brasic8/16493.100-

Rushing Leaders

Penn StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson7699.9231
Scott14574.1013
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas Jr.9455.0015
Mendenhall9343.8018

Receiving Leaders

Penn StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Butler49523.8231
Kilmer24422.0135
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mendenhall4307.5116
Warren3289.3015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPSUILL
FG10:14JASON REDA 41 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 57 yards.
03
TD8:58ETHAN KILMER 35 YD PASS FROM MICHAEL ROBINSON (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 67 yards.
73
TD6:16DEON BUTLER 31 YD PASS FROM MICHAEL ROBINSON (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 65 yards.
143
TD2:19DEON BUTLER 19 YD PASS FROM MICHAEL ROBINSON (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 52 yards.
213
TD0:36PATRICK HALL 3 YD PASS FROM MICHAEL ROBINSON (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 38 yards.
283
SECOND QUARTERPSUILL
TD10:57DAN CONNOR 18 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (KEVIN KELLY KICK)353
TD7:00MICHAEL ROBINSON 4 YD RUN (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yards.
423
TD4:08MICHAEL ROBINSON 31 YD RUN (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 60 yards.
493
TD0:26RODNEY KINLAW 1 YD RUN (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 28 yards.
563
THIRD QUARTERPSUILL
TD1:26NOLAN MCCREADY 76 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (KEVIN KELLY KICK)633
FOURTH QUARTERPSUILL
TD2:19RASHARD MENDENHALL 2 YD PASS FROM CHRIS PAZAN (JASON REDA KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 91 yards.
6310