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Illinois, Penn St seek to avoid 0-2 Big 10 start

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) runs against Ohio State during the second half of the NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) runs against Ohio State during the second half of the NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman

  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Illinois and Penn State will meet Saturday in Happy Valley with both trying to avoid an 0-2 start in the Big Ten.
   The Nittany Lions (3-2) dropped out of the polls last week after a 24-3 loss to Iowa. Coach Joe Paterno hopes to get improvement out of his struggling offense in the red zone.
   Saturday could be a big day for tailback Evan Royster, who is 128 yards shy of setting the school career rushing record of 3,398 held by Curt Warner since 1982.
   But the Illini (2-2) have an improved defense and hope to build off their performance in a 24-13 loss last week to Ohio State. They held the Buckeyes' high-powered offense to a season-low 24 points.
   Coach Ron Zook hopes his team can spoil Penn State's homecoming weekend.
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