NCAAF Game Recap - Buffalo at Penn State
Sat Sep 7, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Sep 7, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Buffalo (1-1)

0

10

3

0

13

(15) Penn State (2-0)

7

0

28

10

45

Clifford's 4 TDs lead No. 15 Penn State over Buffalo 45-13
Sun Sep 8, 2019 12:16 AM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Sean Clifford turned in an all-around performance in another lopsided win for Penn State.

Clifford threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns and ran 11 times for 51 to lead the No. 15 Nittany Lions back from a halftime deficit to beat Buffalo 45-13 on Saturday night.

"Sean's able to make plays with his mind, he's able to make plays with his arm and tonight he made plays with his feet as well," coach James Franklin said.

Clifford, the Lions' first-year starter, opened the scoring with a 28-yard pass to Jahan Dotson on Penn State's second drive. He tossed a pair of TDs to tight end Pat Freiermuth in the third quarter after cornerback John Reid's 37-yard interception return put Penn State up for good.

Noah Cain added a 2-yard TD run to give Penn State's a 35-13 lead heading into the fourth.

"We weren't executing in the first half," Clifford said. "I take the blame for that. We pulled together and talked through some things and got it going in the second."

The Nittany Lions (2-0) trailed 10-7 at half after the Bulls (1-1) had dominated time of possession to that point.

Quarterback Matt Myers hooked up with tight end Julien Bourassa for a 5-yard score late in the second quarter. Alex McNulty kicked a pair of field goals for the Bulls.

"They played really hard, competed really well for the first 30 minutes," Buffalo coach Lance Leipold said. "Came out in the second half and, obviously, a big switch in momentum."

Jaret Patterson led Buffalo (1-1) with 75 yards on 23 carries while Myers finished 16 for 31 for 236 yards.

BIG PICK-SIX

Franklin called Reid's interception the turning point in the game. Players along Penn State's sideline erupted when the fifth-year senior stepped in front of Antonio Nunn's route, snagged Myers' underthrown pass and sprinted untouched down the sideline.

It was the second straight game with an interception for Reid who's just over two years removed from a serious knee injury that cost him all of 2017.

"It was huge," Clifford said. "For us, on offense, we feed off that energy. The crowd gets back into it."

RETURN TO FORM

Freiermuth, arguably Penn State's most dangerous red zone target, finished with eight catches for 99 yards a week after he was knocked out of the game against Idaho with an apparent head injury.

Freiermuth, who led the team with eight touchdown catches last year, missed some practice time this week to heal up.

TOUGH INJURY

Buffalo punter Evan Finegan was carted off after suffering what appeared to be a serious right leg injury following a partially blocked punt in the third quarter. Reserve quarterback Kyle Vantrease handled punting duties the rest of the way.

THE TAKEAWAY

Buffalo: The daunting environment didn't seem to bother the young Bulls. They controlled the pace in the first half, running 46 plays for 27 yards to Penn State's 20 plays and 82 yards.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions' strength is their defensive line and Buffalo's offensive front did a good job neutralizing Yetur Gross-Matos and his teammates for most of the first half. In the meantime, Clifford and his receivers were able to create some chemistry.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Penn State cleaned up its mistakes at halftime, won going away and shouldn't be penalized for its slow start.

UP NEXT

Buffalo plays at Liberty Saturday.

Penn State hosts Pittsburgh Saturday.

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Passing

Buff Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Vantrease 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
M. Myers 31 16 51.6 1 245 42 1 75.3
PSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Clifford 22 16 72.7 4 279 56 0 154.4

Rushing

Buff Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Patterson 23 71 3.1 14 0
K. Marks 17 64 3.8 29 0
PSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Clifford 11 51 4.6 58 0
J. Brown 6 28 4.7 10 0

Receiving

Buff Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Nunn 5 113 22.6 42 0
Z. Lefebvre 2 33 16.5 29 0
PSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Dotson 4 109 27.3 56 2
P. Freiermuth 8 99 12.4 28 2

Fumbles

Buff F FL
K. Marks 1 1

Returning

Buff KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Cook Jr. 0 - 0 0 1 11.0 0 11
PSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Brown 2 9.5 0 13 0 - 0 0
J. Luketa 1 10.0 0 10 0 - 0 0

Punting

Buff Punt Yds Avg LgPu
E. Finegan 3 104 34.7 39
PSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Gillikin 5 206 41.2 51

Takeaways

PSU Int Yds InTD
C. Brown 0 0 0
J. Reid 1 36 1

Team Stats Comparison

Buff PSU
Points For 13 45
Total Yards 429 357
Rushing Yards 184 78
Passing Yards 245 279
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/32 16/22
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 2/1
First Downs 22 14
Penalties - Yards 8/78 3/25
Time Of Possession 35:35 25:25
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/23 2/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/31 5/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Buff PSU
PSU 6:10 TD Jahan Dotson 28 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Buff PSU
Buff 5:18 FG Alex McNulty 32 yd FG 3 7
Buff 14:49 TD Julien Bourassa 6 yd pass from Matt Myers (Alex McNulty kick) 10 7
3rd Quarter Buff PSU
PSU 2:02 TD John Reid 36 yd interception return (Jake Pinegar kick) 10 14
PSU 3:06 TD Pat Freiermuth 23 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 10 21
Buff 8:01 FG Alex McNulty 25 yd FG 13 21
PSU 8:48 TD Noah Cain 2 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 13 28
PSU 12:04 TD Pat Freiermuth 28 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 13 35
4th Quarter Buff PSU
PSU 1:02 FG Jake Pinegar 32 yd FG 13 38
PSU 11:57 TD Jahan Dotson 56 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 13 45

Game Information

Stadium: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 104,136
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