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Decade's best 30: Joe Paterno gets his 409th win in close outing against Illinois

Editors’ Note: Each day of the month of April, the Daily Collegian Sports Staff will reveal one entry from the list of the 30 best Penn State sporting events in the last decade.

It wasn’t a pretty display of football on a snowy, October evening in State College, but it was one that will live in the history book and Penn State lore forever.

No. 19 Penn State scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:08 left to defeat Illinois 10-7 and give Joe Paterno his record-setting 409th career win.

It would also be the last and final game for the longtime coach as he was fired on Nov.