With Juice Williams' 49-yard pass to Arrelious Benn in the second quarter, he broke the Illinois all-time total offense record. He ended the day with 263 yards passing and 58 yards rushing for a career total of 9,126 yards. He passed former Illini quarterback Kurt Kittner's 8,880 yards compiled from 1998-2001. Williams also broke into the Big Ten top-10 for career total offense, moving into 9th place and passing Kittner and Michigan's John Navarre.
Williams had a season-high 263 yards passing today, his highest total since throwing for 328 yards at Western Michigan last season.
Williams threw his 45th career touchdown with a 17-yard pass to Jarred Fayson. It also marked Fayson's first career TD reception with the Illini.
Williams also recorded his 15th career rushing TD and first since the Indiana game last season, with the 3-yard run in the 4th quarter.
Benn had a season-high 96 yards on five catches against Penn State. He moved into seventh place on the Illinois all-time receptions list with 131 catches.
Benn has had put up big numbers each year against Penn State. He has now totaled 290 yards receiving in three games, averaging 96.7 yards per game against the Lions.
Evan Frierson recovered a Penn State fumble in the third quarter, marking his second fumble recovery in the last two games. Russell Ellington forced the fumble.
Penn State's total of seven first-half points marked a season low.
PENN STATE NOTES
With the victory Penn State improves to 14-3 all-time vs. Illinois, having won five of the last six meetings and 11 of 13 in Big Ten play. Penn State is 7-3 all-time at Illinois.
Joe Paterno improves his FBS all-time leading career victory total to 387-128-3.
Penn State held Illinois to three first-half points and has yet to give up a touchdown in the first half in five games on the season. Opponents have scored a total of 11 first-half points against Penn State on the season, an average of 2.2 per game.
Penn State's rushing total of 338 yards on the day was a season high, surpassing the previous high of 186 yards vs. Temple, and was Penn State's highest rushing total since posting 334 vs. Coastal Carolina last season. The Nittany Lions had three players with over 80 yards rushing on the day.
TB Stephon Green's 52-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was Penn State's longest running play of the season, surpassing the previous high of 37 yards by Andrew Dailey on a fake punt. It was Penn State's longest run in 14 games since Green bolted 69 yards for a TD vs. Temple last season.
Green posted his second career 100-yard game on the day and had a career high in carries.
RB Evan Royster posted his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and the eighth of his career tying him with Richie Anderson, Larry Johnson and Matt Suhey for 12th all-time in 100-yard games at Penn State.
Royster and Green became the first pair of Nittany Lions to rush for 100+ yards in the same game since QB Michael Robinson and TB Tony Hunt did so vs. Wisconsin in 2005.
RB Evan Royster moved into 14th all-time in career rushing yardage at Penn State passing Booker Moore (2,072) on the day.
QB Daryll Clark moved up to eighth all-time on the Penn State career passing charts passing Kevin Thompson (3,710 yards) on the day. Clark also moved into eighth all-time on Penn State career total offense list passing Wally Richardson (4,182) and John Hufnagel (4,212) on the day.
Clark's 51-yard run in the third quarter marked a career long. It also gave him a career high rushing on the day. Clark had 83 yards on seven carries. His previous career high was 61 yards vs. Oregon State last season. Clark also equaled a career high with two rushing TD when he plunged in from a yard out to start the fourth quarter.
Clark's 1-yard TD plunge in the fourth quarter was his 45th touchdown responsible for on his career moving him past Chuck Fusina (44) for fourth all-time at Penn State.
P Jeremy Boone's 67-yard punt downed on the Illini three-yard line in the first quarter was the third longest of his career and ranks 14th all-time at Penn State.
With his first catch in the first quarter TE Andrew Quarless surpassed his previous career-best season catch total of 11 posted last season. The catch marked his 12th on the season. Quarless had five catches through three quarters, equaling a career high.
DE Jack Crawford recorded his third sack of the year late in the first half dropping Juice Williams for a 15-yard loss plus a 5-yard penalty for intentional grounding that moved the Illini back to the 43 yard line and out of field goal range.
CB Stephon Morris made his first career interception to end the first half, returning it 70 yards before being tackled.
LB Josh Hull led the team in tackles for the third straight game and posted his fourth-straight double-digit tackle game.