Since 1996, 5 College Football Games have gone to 7 Overtimes. In 2019, College Football updated thier Overtime Rules, hoping no game would ever reach that limit again. The Rules Committee obviously did not see this Illinois vs. Penn State Game in their crystal ball, because not even 8 Overtimes was enough for the Homecoming Game at Beaver Stadium.
#7 Penn State was back from their bye hosting Illinois. With time winding down in the First, Penn State fans will be glad to see Sean Clifford was back as the starter Saturday Afternoon. He hit KeAndre Lambert-Smith for a 42-yard Touchdown. Penn State had a 7-0 lead. In the 2nd Quarter, the Defense came through big time. Brandon Smith with a huge sack and forced fumble, the Nittany lions would use that for a Field Goal and a 10-0 lead.
Illinois inched their way back into the game. They had a chance to take the lead no once but twice and both times were called back. They settled for a Field Goal and to Overtime we go.
Both Teams kicked Field Goals for a 16-16 tie. After the first 2 Overtimes, teams must run alternating 2-point Conversions. In the 3rd Overtime, Penn State went for the Philly Special, but Clifford was unable to reel it in. Then, they tried it on the ground as Noah Cain gets stopped just short in the 7th Overtime.
9 Overtimes is how many it took for a Winner to be decided. Illinois pulled off the upset over Penn State, winning 20-18 in 9 Overtimes.