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The Illini's special teams did not come through.
Senior kicker Derek Dimke missed a 42-yard field goal that hit the right poll as time expired; making that field goal would have sent the game into overtime.
Sophomore placeholder Tim Russell botched a long snap on a field goal attempt and threw an interception to Penn State junior defensive end Sean Stanley in the second quarter.
In the fourth quarter, freshman punter Justin DuVernois' punt was blocked by Penn State freshman linebacker Brad Bars, setting up the Nittany Lions at the Illini's 31, setting up a crucial Nittany Lions field goal.
Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.