Penn State's defense clearly isn't this bad, folks.
The injury bug has hit Tom Bradley's unit especially hard today, claiming players like end Jack Crawford, safety Nick Sukay, end Eric Latimore and linebackers Bani Gbadyu and Michael Mauti. This is merely a shell of the defense Penn State has used for much of the season. That's not to take anything away from Nathan Scheelhaase and the Illini offense, which is gaining a ton of confidence in the second half.
Penn State's offense has no such excuse. Sure, it's hard playing a true freshman at quarterback, but the offensive line and the running backs aren't doing anything today. Evan Royster's disappointing senior season continues, and aside from an 80-yard touchdown pass from Rob Bolden to Derek Moye, Penn State has barely 100 total yards.
The injuries on defense are too much to overcome, but Penn State's continued inability to score touchdowns remains the biggest problem in Happy Valley.