Penn State Football: 10 Things We Learned in Their Game Against Illinois

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Penn State Football: 10 Things We Learned in Their Game Against Illinois
Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

Bill O'Brien showed today what Penn State fans have been hoping for all season: a sign that the program has moved on.

As the Nittany Lions traveled to Champaign to take on Illinois, there were multiple questions for O'Brien's team.

Would they be able to hang with Big Ten teams? Would Tim Beckman's recruitment of Penn State players during the Sandusky scandal affect O'Brien or his team in any way? 

These questions were answered today in a big way.

Penn State dominated the Illini physically on both sides of the ball. Nathan Scheelhaase couldn't get the Illinois offense moving, while the Lions' offensive line cleared holes for Zach Zwinak and company.

O'Brien also showed his class. Everyone knows that Beckman broke an unwritten rule by sending eight assistant coaches to Happy Valley in an attempt to lure players to Illinois. 

But O'Brien didn't let any of that affect him. He didn't run up the score, and he shook Beckman's hand at the end of the game (quickest handshake I've ever seen).

So what can Penn State fans pull out of a 35-7 win over Illinois?

You're about to find out.

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