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Illini Football Upsets No. 7 Penn State in Wild 9-OT Thriller

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This college football season has been wild, but good luck finding a nuttier finish than the one between Illinois and No. 7 Penn State — which needed nine (!!!) overtimes to reach its conclusion.

And for Illini fans, it was worth the wait:

You’d think a nine-overtime affair would’ve featured more scoring, yardage, and big plays. But this was Big Ten football at its finest. Minimal offensive mastery, but maxing out on drama and chaos.

You know … kinda like a Bears game. But instead of professionals, some of these players have chem lab on Monday. And I bet the “what did you do this weekend?” conversations in classrooms will be a bit more interesting when classes resume.

In the end, Illinois beating a top-10 team serves as a reminder that any given team can beat another on any day of the week. With that in mind, see you tomorrow for a Bears-Bucs game that features Chicago’s team as a 13-point underdog.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.