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What it was: Penn State 35, Purdue 31

This is one of those games whose summary could be 1,000 or 100 words, and the gist is the same. Pennsylvania State University survived. No matter how ugly it may be or the concerns moving forward, the most important part is Nittany Lions leaving Purdue his 1-0.


The Penn State offense got off to a slow start, managing a three-and-out on their first drive and only punting the ball again on their second drive. Meanwhile, Nittany his Lions defense was complicated, forcing the Boilermakers to punt on their first drive, but then gave up his goal on the field in the second as the first quarter ended.

But the Nittany Lions wrapped it up in the second quarter, beating the Boilermakers 21-7. The biggest swing came in the moment of decline in the second quarter. Zaki Wheatley forced a fumble and Brenton Strange broke He scored on the play with just two seconds remaining He played 67 yards and put Penn State up 21-10. ,half.

Second half — not so great. Purdue scored quickly on their first drive, clearing all doubt that this was an easy win for Penn State. To make matters worse, the Nittany Lions failed to get Sean Clifford to start the first half. Instead, true freshman Drew Aller took the field. Penn State’s offense splattered on the drive, but Allah looked comfortable and was a Tyler Warren drop from potentially leading the Nittany Lions to a scoring drive.

The rest of the way was a back-and-forth affair, with Penn State and Purdue trading leads seven times throughout the game. darkest moment? With Penn State trailing 28–24 with 8:29 remaining, Cliff Red missed a wide-open Mitchell his Tinsley and instead Purdue’s safety he attacked Chris his Jefferson. Jefferson eventually recovered an Allant pass for a touchdown and then vomited to give the Boilermakers a 31–24 lead.

All hope was lost on Pennsylvania State University’s Twitter feed. But folks, Sean Clifford has stepped up. With 2:22 remaining, the Nittany Lions got the ball back thanks to some big defensive plays and Clifford did what he had to do. He went 6-for-7 on the final drive, but eventually he found a Keyvone Lee touchdown to put Penn State up 35-31. Johnny Dixon and Chop his Robinson sacks on the final drive secured a win for Penn State as the Nittany Lions moved to his 1–0.

As I said above, there is more that can be said about this game. The attack didn’t look good. The defense didn’t look good. Clearly, Penn State has a lot of work to do over the next month if it wants to compete in the Big Ten. But just like last year, the Nittany Lions found a way to win with guts in a tough Big Ten environment. Pennsylvania State fans, savor it for the long season, especially this weekend.

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