1st week college football The season kicked off with a special Thursday night game.
Penn State went on the road and beat Big Ten foe Purdue 35-31, while Minnesota visited New Mexico and shutout 38-0.
No. 17 Pittsburgh edged out West Virginia, 38-31, while No. 12 Oklahoma State defeated Central Michigan, 58-44.
Here are the top plays from Thursday night’s action as week one begins.
Pennsylvania 35, Purdue 31
Penn State QB Sean Clifford made a clutch third-down play in the second quarter and connected with wideout Mitchell Tinsley for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions the lead and their first TD of the season. .
Sean Clifford calms down during Penn State’s opening TD
Sean Clifford dodged the pressure and threw an impressive touchdown to Mitchell Tinsley to help Penn State take a 7-3 lead against Purdue.
Purdue’s King Doerue ran straight through Penn State’s defense — stiff arms and all — en route to the end zone, the Boilermakers regained a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.
back to back
The Nittany Lions scored back-to-back TDs before halftime.
king of the ground games
Purdue’s Doerue closed the gap to 21-17 with a smooth 2-yard TD run in the third quarter.
The teams went neck and neck after trading TDs, but Purdue took a 31–28 lead after Clifford’s pass was intercepted by safety Chris Jefferson and headed home 72 yards.
Purdue Leads With Chris Jefferson’s Pick 6
Chris Jefferson helped Purdue take the lead again midway through the fourth quarter thanks to a Pick 6 against Penn State.
Late Quarter Spike
Clifford threw a TD to Keyvone Lee to keep Penn State victorious with less than a minute remaining.
Minnesota 38, New Mexico 0
Minnesota is in first place thanks to the return of star running back Mohamed Ibrahim this year after his sixth season with the Golden Gophers.
Meanwhile in Minneapolis…
Ibrahim started the second quarter in the same manner as the first.Then Minnesota sneaked another Because the clock ran out in the first half.
As such, the Golden Gophers jumped out to a 24-0 lead at the break.
more the same
Minnesota continued to dominate the ground game, scoring the fifth rushing score of the night to seal the deal.
No. 17 Pittsburgh 38, West Virginia 31
how he created it
WVU was horrified when Georgia-transferred quarterback JT Daniels bobbled the snap, but it was fine for the Mountaineers on this drive.
WVU took the lead in the second quarter when Bryce Ford Wheaton turned on the Jets for a 10-yard TD.
WVU played big for special teams early in the third quarter, blocking a pitt punt.
Pitt answered with back-to-back scores to close out the third quarter.First, Daniel Carter then easily found the end zone big profit From Jared Wayne. Pitt then regained the lead thanks to Rodney Hammond.
rise to the occasion
Daniels connected with Ford Wheaton again, this time with a 16-yard TD, then took it in himself. QB sneak Good for a 31-24 lead early in the fourth quarter on the Panthers’ next drive.
up to the wire
Pitt fought back with two back-to-back scores to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. QB Kedon Slovis found Israel Avani Kanda for a 24-yard catch-and-run score. The Panthers then picked Daniels to get the Monster Pick 6 and win.
MJ Devonshire intercepts JT Daniels in Backyard Brawl
MJ Devonshire intercepted West Virginia’s JT Daniels for a touchdown and gave the Pitt Panthers a big win in a backyard brawl.
No. 12 Oklahoma 58, Central Michigan 44
Oklahoma State got on the board first when John Paul Richardson broke off for a monster 45-yard touchdown off a quick pass from QB Spencer Sanders.
John Paul Richardson shows athleticism with 45-yard TD
John Paul Richardson helped the Oklahoma State Cowboys score their first touchdown of the season thanks to an impressive first quarter reception.
Central Michigan calmed things down early in the first quarter and responded quickly with their own score.
The Oklahoma defense came out in a big way, enforce safety Put the Cowboys up 9-7 with less than a minute left in the opening frame.
Oklahoma State was on fire and extended its lead to 16-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Spencer Sanders extends Oklahoma lead
Spencer Sanders’ electric 17-yard rushing touchdown gave the Oklahoma State Cowboys a 16-7 lead against Central Michigan.
bad things pile up
Sanders & Co. continued to pour it into Chippewas as the second quarter began.
Sanders connects with Braydon Johnson for a 13-yard TD
QB Spencer Sanders connected with Braydon Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown to put Oklahoma State up 23-7.
more the same
Midway through the second frame, Saunders found running back Jaden Nixon. 17 yards score Thanks to his flashy footwork.
On the next drive Saunders came up with his second rushing TD of the day. 30 points match of 37-7 as it is.
Central Michigan showed up on the ensuing drive thanks to RB Lew Nichols shorting 4-yard sprint into the end zoneChippe followed suit with a successful two-point conversion for good measure.
But it didn’t take long for Oklahoma State University to return the favor.
The Cowboys picked up where they left off in the second half. Saunders found Bryson Green in the corner of the end zone for a quick score.
Spencer Sanders finds Bryson Green for a 7-yard TD
Oklahoma State Cowboys QB Spencer Sanders came in for his sixth touchdown of the game, connecting with Bryson Green on a 7-yard TD pass.
CMU answered quickly as Jalen McGaughy reeled in a difficult pass under the pressure of Chippewas’ TD.
find that foothold
Central Michigan then closed out a 3-play, 39-yard drive with another TD to close the 51-28 gap.
back and forth
Both teams traded off TDs late in the fourth quarter. OSU’s Zach Middleton says he hit one for the Cowboys — their 7th TD of the night — Then CMU’s Nichols pops out with a 15-yard TD.
too little, too late
Despite the loss, CMU had the last word on this, with McGaughy finishing things off with a 54-yard TD catch.
CMU’s Daniel Richardson connects with Jalen McGoey on a 54-yard TD
QB Daniel Richardson connected with Jalen McGoey for a 54-yard touchdown.
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