Casey Washington caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Peters in ninth overtime to give Illinois a 20-18 victory over No.8 Penn State in the longest college football game ever and thus putting an end to the hopes of national championship of the Nittany Lions.
Both teams had several opportunities to end the game in extra sessions, with the first three overtime ending when the balls fell out of the hands of receivers, including Penn State who missed a “Philly Special” game of tricks in the game. the third extension.
The two teams traded baskets in the first and second overtime before having to aim for two points every time they possessed the ball.
Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) got the ball first in ninth overtime, but Sean Clifford’s pass into the end zone was pushed back,
Illinois (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten) controlled the tempo for most of the game, running 67 times for 357 yards. Chase Brown had 32 carries for 223 yards and his second quarter touchdown reduced the lead to 10-7 before halftime.
Clifford, who was injured in the 23-20 loss to Iowa on Oct. 9, threw for 165 yards and a touchdown, a 42-yard strike at KeAndre Lambert-Smith in the first quarter to open the scoring.
Five games have gone to at least seven OTs since the rule was enacted in 2006, including Texas A&M’s 74-72 victory over LSU on November 24, 2018.