STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State’s protection this season first displayed its resiliency on the street at then No.-12 Wisconsin when the unit compelled two turnovers within the fourth quarter to safe a win.
On Saturday, in entrance of a whiteout crowd of 109,958, No. 10 Penn State’s protection as soon as once more dug in down the stretch.
The Nittany Lions stopped No. 22 Auburn on the 2-yard line late within the fourth quarter and later turned the Tigers away because the clock expired to protect a 28-20 win towards Auburn at Beaver Stadium on Saturday evening.
“I feel we’ve got a very good mentality on protection. I feel our management is de facto good,” Penn State coach James Franklin stated after the win. “I feel we’re a mentally robust, bodily robust soccer group. We hand over some yards, however we make crucial performs when it issues most.”
It was the third win of the season for Penn State (3-0) and its seventh consecutive courting again to final season. The win marked the primary time in class historical past that Penn State has defeated two ranked groups within the first three weeks of the season.
The Nittany Lions ended with 391 yards, with 302 of these coming by the air. Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was 28-of-32 passing for 280 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Clifford was 12-for-12 within the second half.
The Nittany Lions’ offense was an ideal 4-for-4 on red-zone makes an attempt.
Nittany Lions receiver Jahan Dotson prolonged his landing reception streak to 5 video games, as he ended with a game-high 78 yards and one rating on 10 catches.
Dotson now owns a profession 16 landing catches.
“I attempt to come out right here each single day, work as laborious as doable and as laborious as I can and lead the fellows,” Dotson stated postgame of his management type. “I don’t must say a lot. These guys know what this implies to me. They know they’ll depend on me.”
Auburn ended with 367 yards. The Tigers’ gained 185 yards passing whereas dashing for one more 182.
Tigers’ working again Tank Bigsby paced all rushers with 102 yards and two scores on 23 carries.
The Tigers scored first following a 45-yard discipline objective by Anders Carlson to cap a six-play, 28-yard scoring drive early within the first quarter.
In a trend extra becoming of the quick-tempo offense anticipated from new OC Mike Yurcich, Penn State on its third drive wanted simply 2:33 to maneuver 88 yards. Clifford discovered Dotson behind the tip zone for the 4-yard cross.
Auburn quarterback Bo Nix throughout his group’s third drive of the sport made two authoritative throws on a pair of third downs, together with a third-and-12, to arrange a 4-yard landing run by Bigsby to offer Auburn a three-point lead with slightly below 13 minutes to play within the first half.
Clifford in the course of the first half distributed the ball to 5 Penn State pass-catchers, going 16 of 20 passing for 168 yards with one landing and one interception.
His turnover was Penn State’s first of the season.
Auburn obtained the soccer to start out the third quarter, trailing 14-10. The Tigers tried a trick play on their first play of the second half wherein Nix tossed the soccer to huge receiver Kobe Hudson, who was imagined to then throw the soccer.
Hudson dropped the soccer, and Penn State defensive deal with Derrick Tangelo – a Duke switch – fell on it.
“Derrick is definitely my roommate, so we got here (right here) collectively,” stated Penn State defensive finish Ebiketie, a Temple switch. “So all the things that we expertise, it’s collectively. There’s only a robust bond between the each of us, and I’m simply pleased with the way in which he got here out right here and carried out as we speak.”
4 performs later, Penn State tight finish Tyler Warren from the Wildcat formation collected the soccer from heart and went airborne to attain from 2-yards out.
Auburn responded with a 15-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 6-yard run by Bigsby for his second rating of the competition.
The Nittany Lions within the third quarter have been stopped on fourth down when defensive deal with PJ Mustipher – the upback – was stopped on a faux punt. Carlson hit his second discipline of the sport – a 45-yarder – on the following possession to chop the Nittany Lions’ result in one level.
Penn State working again Noah Cain gave the Nittany Lions respiratory room with a 2-yard landing run with 10:48 remaining within the fourth quarter to assist them to a 28-20 lead.
Nittany Lions linebacker Brandon Smith accrued 10 tackles, whereas Auburn defender Chandler Wooten additionally ended with 10 tackles.
Penn State will look to stretch its win streak to eight video games when it hosts Villanova subsequent Saturday (midday).
“It’s an ideal win,” Penn State security Jaquan Brisker stated. “It’s a giant win for Penn State, particularly popping out right here in a White Out successful in entrance of the followers. It’s good for State Faculty.”