Sanders carried 22 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns, including a go-ahead 48-yarder for a 28-24 lead in the third quarter.
The Illini (2-2 overall, 0-1 conference) headed into halftime down just four points, 21-17. The Lions ran away with it in the last 30 minutes, crushing the Illini 63-24.
Penn State rolled to 591 total yards, including 387 on the ground, as it scored 63 points for the second game in a row. "I don't know if we've played many complete games since we've been here".
IL led 24-21 after bridging the first and second halves with a 17-0 run, but Penn State responded with six touchdowns over the final quarter and a half to pull away. "I think we are getting better". The senior also completed 12 of 19 passes for 160 yards with an interception.
Unsung hero: Backup quarterback Sean Clifford went 1-for-1 for 44 yards.
The freshman from Waterford, WI finished with a team-high 12 kills, 13 digs, two blocks, two service aces, and an assist. "And I thought Ricky (Slade) came in and did some nice things, as well", including a 61-yard TD run.
Penn State, meanwhile, is 6-0 against the spread at home when facing teams with a winning road record. If Penn State's defense plays as it did against IL, it'll be a long evening for the natives in Happy Valley. Then the Nittany Lions scored back-to-back touchdowns and looked ready to blow it open. That led to a 42-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin as time expired, making it 21-17.
Right when it looked like the IL football team was going to play a competitive football game against No. 10 Penn State, one of the best football programs in the country reminded the Illini why it is just that: one of the best football programs in the country.
Illinois: Rivers is showing he could be a major contributor for the Illini even though Smith indicated Bush will return to the lineup once he's ready.