Penn State football: James Franklin reveals message to Nittany Lions after shocking upset loss to Illinois
Penn State suffered an absolutely brutal loss Saturday when it dropped a 20-18 contest in nine overtimes at home to a struggling Illinois team that entered the game with a 2-5 record. It marked the third straight loss for the Nittany Lions ahead of next Saturday's game at Ohio State, one that some thought would decide the Big Ten East division race. That now seems unlikely, as the Illinois loss was Penn State’s second in league play. It is certainly a spot that head coach James Franklin did not want to be in.