NCAAF Game Recap - Purdue at Penn State
Sat Oct 5, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

UGA
43
Tenn
14
F
MSU
10
OHSt
34
F
UtSt
6
LSU
42
F
Okla
45
Kans
20
F
Aub
13
Fla
24
F
Kent
0
Wisc
48
F
BGSU
0
ND
52
F
Tex
42
WVU
31
F
Purd
7
PSU
35
F
Cal
7
Oreg
17
F
Iowa
3
Mich
10
F
Wash
13
Stan
23
F
Boise
38
UNLV
13
F
UCF
24
Cin
27
F
OkSt
35
TxTch
45
F
Tuls
37
SMU
43
F(2OT)
GaSo
20
SoAl
17
F(1OT)
Temp
27
ECU
17
F
NM
21
SJSU
32
F
SoFL
48
UConn
22
F
MD
48
Rut
7
F
Tul
42
Army
33
F
BC
39
Lou
41
F
TCU
24
IASt
49
F
E Mi
16
C Mi
42
F
Ball
27
NIU
20
F
WestMI
24
Toled
31
F
ArkSt
38
GASt
52
F
Ohio
21
Buff
20
F OT
Ill
17
Minn
40
F
Marsh
13
MidTN
24
F
Bayl
31
K St
12
F
AF
25
Navy
34
F
VaTec
42
MiaFL
35
F
Mem
52
ULMon
33
F
NW
10
Neb
13
F
Troy
10
Mizzu
42
F
UNC
38
GATec
22
F
Ariz
35
Colo
30
F
W Ky
20
OD
3
F
Rice
20
UAB
35
F
UMass
0
FLInt
44
F
Vand
6
Miss
31
F
UTSA
26
UTEP
16
F
Lib
20
NMSt
13
F
Pitt
33
Duke
30
F
OreSt
48
UCLA
31
F
SDSU
24
ColSt
10
F

Oct 5, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Purdue (1-4)

0

7

0

0

7

(12) Penn State (5-0)

21

7

0

7

35

Dominant defense leads No. 12 Penn State past Purdue 35-7
Sat Oct 5, 2019 5:41 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer took another hard sack then dragged himself to his feet. He tried to shake the pain out of his right arm before taking a slow walk to his team's locker room.

The first half was mercifully over. No. 12 Penn State cruised to a 35-7 rout of the Boilermakers, but the punishment continued in the second.

The Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) rolled behind 10 sacks, one shy of the program's single-game record. They held the Boilermakers (1-4, 0-2) to 104 total yards - including minus-19 rushing. A week after shutting out Maryland, the Nittany Lions were dominant again.

"Defensively we're doing some special things right now," Penn State coach James Franklin said. "We're playing championship level defense right now, and we've been doing it for a number of weeks."

Sean Clifford threw for 264 yards with three touchdowns and ran for another score for Penn State. The offense scored on its first four drives and that was enough.

Yetur Gross-Matos and Shaka Toney combined for five sacks and six other Nittany Lions defenders had a hand in at least one.

"Going into the year, we knew that we had a lot of guys that were good," linebacker Micah Parsons said. "The way that we're clicking right now and everyone's vibing and playing off each other, it's really special."

Playing without starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar and star receiver Rondale Moore, the Boilermakers didn't cross midfield until their sixth possession midway through the second.

Penn State jumped out fast with four scoring drives lasting no more than 3:41.

KJ Hamler beat single coverage for a 23-yard touchdown catch to open the scoring and Clifford added a 3-yard touchdown run to cap Penn State's second possession. The Nittany Lions turned a three-and-out by Purdue into an easy score immediately after when Jahan Dotson caught a pass over the middle and raced 72 yards, getting a good block from Hamler on the way to the end zone.

Penn State finished another quick drive with a 7-yard pass from Clifford to tight end Pat Freiermuth early in the second quarter. Noah Cain finished with 105 yards on 12 carries and added a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth.

Clifford completed 20 of 29 passes.

Purdue finally broke Penn State's seven-quarter shutout streak dating to Week 3 when Plummer connected with Amad Anderson Jr. on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Anderson's catch made it 28-7 in the second quarter.

Plummer finished with 119 yards on 13-for-27 passing. He was sacked on two of Purdue's final three plays of the first half. He was replaced in the fourth quarter with Aidan O'Connell.

"We got handled early," Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. "It was good to see us improve as the game went on."

BANGED UP BOILERMAKERS

The Boilermakers were missing more than Sindelar and Moore in this game and they'll likely be adding more names to the injury report that included eight names earlier this week.

Linebacker Cornell Jones left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury, though was able to return. Meanwhile, defensive tackle Anthony Watts suffered a right arm injury and did not return.

To make matters worse, cornerback Cam Allen was ejected for targeting in the first quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Purdue: The Boilermakers were overmatched early but settled down and held Penn State's offense off for much of the second half. Getting Moore back at some point should help, but he's not going to help a defense that entered the day allowing 451 yards and 33 points per game.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions built a big lead off explosive plays and were able to play the second half close to the vest. They opted to chew clock rather than air it out, mindful that a much tougher tests awaits in Iowa City next week.

UP NEXT

Purdue hosts Maryland on Saturday.

Penn State visits No. 14 Iowa on Saturday.

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Passing

Purd Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Plummer 27 13 48.1 1 119 43 0 72.9
A. OConnell 1 1 100.0 0 4 4 0 83.3
PSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Clifford 29 20 69.0 3 264 72 1 117.6

Rushing

Purd Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Horvath 1 0 0.0 0 0
K. Doerue 11 26 2.4 14 0
PSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Cain 12 105 8.8 27 1
D. Ford 7 38 5.4 20 0

Receiving

Purd Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Armour 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Bell 3 56 18.7 43 0
PSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Dotson 2 79 39.5 72 1
N. Bowers 3 66 22.0 48 0

Fumbles

Purd F FL
J. Anthrop 1 1
K. Doerue 1 0
PSU F FL
K. Hamler 1 0

Returning

Purd KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Anthrop 1 25.0 0 25 1 -7.0 0 0
PSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Hamler 0 - 0 0 6 6.2 0 26
J. Sutherland 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0

Punting

Purd Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Collins 7 268 38.3 51
B. Cormier 5 195 39.0 45
PSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Gillikin 5 196 39.2 51

Takeaways

Purd Int Yds InTD
S. Smiley 1 15 0

Team Stats Comparison

Purd PSU
Points For 7 35
Total Yards 104 460
Rushing Yards -19 196
Passing Yards 123 264
Passing Completions / Attempts 14/28 20/29
Turnovers 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 3/2
First Downs 8 24
Penalties - Yards 7/37 4/49
Time Of Possession 22:22 38:38
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 1/14 8/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 12/39 5/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Purd PSU
PSU 4:38 TD KJ Hamler 23 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 0 7
PSU 7:56 TD Sean Clifford 3 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 0 14
PSU 9:40 TD Jahan Dotson 72 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 0 21
2nd Quarter Purd PSU
PSU 0:43 TD Pat Freiermuth 7 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 0 28
Purd 7:42 TD Amad Anderson Jr. 15 yd pass from Jack Plummer (J.D. Dellinger kick) 7 28
3rd Quarter Purd PSU
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter Purd PSU
PSU 9:16 TD Noah Cain 2 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 7 35

Game Information

Stadium: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 106,536
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