Can there be a silver lining in a game where you get beat 63-24?

If you’re Illinois, you bet.

Playing a top-10 team like Penn State, the Big Ten’s great white-clad hope to stop the Ohio State juggernaut, the Illini were a 28-point underdog widely expected to get smoked.

The thing is, they were leading the Nittany Lions 24-21 with 10:36 left in the third quarter. Trap game or not—Penn State has Ohio State next week—Illinois was doing a lot of good things. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.