Football Letter: Penn State whites out Illinois

University Park, Pa. — Beaver Stadium rocked for all the nation to see and provided the critical 12th-man advantage Saturday, as 12th-ranked Penn State stopped No. 22 Illinois, 38-24, in the 2008 prime-time "White Out" telecast by ABC and enjoyed by all except a few brave, orange-clad fans among the 109,626 that comprised the eighth-largest crowd ever assembled on the University Park campus.

The sodden skies that dropped intermittent showers on Happy Valley parted just enough to provide a lovely sunset glow over the sea of blue-and-white canopies dominating the expansive tailgate areas surrounding the Beav before the 8 p.m. kickoff. But inside the giant oval it was pure white, shimmering through the big television lenses and shattering the eardrums of the Illini trying to hear the snap count on each play...

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Last Updated November 18, 2010