At Illinois 27, Penn State 20


Sept. 29, 2007

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  1. This is Illinois' first victory over a Top 25 opponent since winning at No. 25 Ohio State on Nov. 17, 2001. It was also the Illini's first win over a ranked opponent at Memorial Stadium since defeating No. 25 Louisville on Sept. 22, 2001.

  2. The win was also Illinois' first over a ranked Big Ten opponent at Memorial Stadium since defeating No. 11 Ohio State on Oct. 12, 1991.

  3. Today marks Illinois' first victory over Penn State since Nov. 10, 2001

  4. This is Illinois' first win in a conference home opener since defeating Minnesota in 2001.

  5. Illinois is now 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1991.

  6. Illinois had 216 yards rushing today, its fourth straight 200-yard rushing performance. Illinois entered today's game ranked fifth in the nation in rushing, and is now averaging 255.6 ypg on the ground this season.

  7. Arrelious Benn returned Illinois' first kickoff of the game 90 yards for a touchdown, the first for an Illini player since Pierre Thomas' 99-yard TD return against Western Michigan on Sept. 18, 2004. Benn did it on his first career kickoff return attempt. It also was the first kickoff return for a touchdown against Penn State since 1994.

  8. Benn set a career-high in receiving yards with 84 and in catches with six. He also scored his first offensive touchdown of his career on a 29-yard pass from Juice Williams.

  9. Rashard Mendenhall scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the year on a two-yard run in the first quarter.

  10. Mendenhall broke into Illinois' career all-time rushing top-20 with 76 yards today. For his career he has rushed for 1,470 yards which ranks 20th.

  11. Will Davis recorded a half sack in the second quarter to give him eight quarterback sacks for the season.

  12. Three times the Illini stopped Penn State inside the 30 yard line. J Leman's touchdown-saving interception to end the third quarter was the first of his career ... Vontae Davis picked up his second in two weeks with a pick in the fourth quarter ... Justin Harrison forced a fumble by Anthony Morelli at the 10 late in the fourth, resulting in a change of possession on downs.

  13. J Leman led the Illini in tackles once again today with 10, his fourth double-digit performance in five games on the year. Leman is now averaging 11.8 tackles per game.

  14. Kevin Mitchell closed out the game with an interception at the 9-yard line with nine seconds remaining. It was the third interception of his career. Mitchell also had eight tackles and a fumble recovery on the day.

  15. Sirod Williams forced his first fumble of his career. The fumble led to an Illinois touchdown in the second quarter.

  16. Jason Reda had two field goals today, giving him 41 for his career to move into a tie for third on the Illinois career field goals list.

  17. Today's game was the first sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium since Sept. 28, 2002 vs. Michigan.