NCAAF Game Recap - Indiana at Penn State
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:00 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Nov 16, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(24) Indiana (7-3)

14

0

3

10

27

(9) Penn State (9-1)

17

3

7

7

34

Clifford sends No. 9 Penn State past No. 24 Indiana 34-27
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:05 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State’s best offense on Saturday wasn’t explosive or flashy. It was grinding and relentless and it helped keep the No. 9 Nittany Lions' playoff hopes alive.

Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 9 CFP) got three touchdowns from quarterback Sean Clifford who completed 11 of 23 passes for 179 yards and ran for 55 yards in Penn State’s 34-27 win over No. 24 Indiana (7-3, 4-3).

With Penn State ahead by three with 10:45 to play, Clifford led an 18-play, 75-yard drive that burned 9:01 and ended when he plunged in from a yard out to put the game out of reach.

“For our offense to go on an 18-play drive, I haven’t been around many of them,” Penn State coach James Franklin said.

Journey Brown rushed 21 times for 100 yards and added a score for the Nittany Lions who’ll play at No. 2 Ohio State next week, where the top spot in the Big Ten East will be on the line.

Tight end Nick Bowers caught a 12-yard touchdown pass for Penn State and Jake Pinegar kicked a pair of field goals.

Peyton Ramsey completed 31 of 41 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more for the Hoosiers (7-3, 4-3) who outgained Penn State 462 to 371.

“Offensively, we did things for sure,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “Peyton was effective, tough, gritty. We played a good football team today. We’re a good football team too.”

After going three-and-out to start the game, the Nittany Lions recovered a muffed punt and scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Clifford to Bowers. Ramsey took advantage of a safety blitz on Indiana’s next possession and hit an open Ty Fryfogle 38 yards downfield to make it 7-7.

Jake Pinegar kicked a 47-yard field goal to put Penn State up 10-7, but Indiana took the lead when Ramsey capped a 63-yard drive with a 1-yard run less than three minutes later.

Clifford put Penn State up 17-14 with 1:03 left in the first quarter when he sprinted up the middle for a 38-yard score. Pinegar added a 27-yard field goal to give Penn State a 20-14 halftime lead.

Brown turned another Indiana turnover into a score when he raced 35 yards early in the third. Ramsey scored on another 1-yard run early in the fourth and Logan Justice kicked two field goals for the Hoosiers.

STARS HURT

Both teams lost their star receivers in the first half. KJ Hamler left in the first quarter after he returned a kickoff but didn’t appear shaken up as he walked off.

Although Hamler didn’t return, he was seen in the tunnel afterward jumping up and down congratulating his teammates.

Meanwhile, Indiana's Whop Philyor had to be helped to the locker room after he was sandwiched between Penn State defenders, taking helmet-to-helmet contact from both and fumbling away the ball in the process.

MORE THAN RECEIVERS

The Nittany Lions have used tight ends Bowers and Pat Freiermuth effectively as receivers and blockers, and both shined on Penn State’s final clock-killing drive that included 60 rushing yards on 16 carries.

“They weren’t letting up, but we were moving people,” Bowers said.

GO FOR IT?

The Hoosiers were moving the ball on their opening second-half drive until they got to midfield where Allen opted to fake a punt on fourth-and-1 from his team’s 44.

Penn State saw it coming, especially when Indiana called a timeout in order to set up its spread punt alignment and protector Peyton Hendershot bobbled the direct snap, making him an easy target for a gang of Nittany Lions to tackle him well behind the sticks.

Brown galloped for a 35-yard touchdown run two plays later to put Penn State up 27-14.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Indiana had a shot to cut Penn State’s lead to six late in the third.

Ramsey had steered the offense down to Penn State’s 7-yard line and had wideout Donovan Hale open in the corner of the end zone, but Hale dropped the ball and the Hoosiers had to settle for Justice’s second field goal of the afternoon.

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana: The Hoosiers kept Penn State’s offense off-balance most of the way. They also got stops on defense until they needed one most late in the fourth quarter.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions, who hadn’t allowed a first-quarter touchdown all season before last week, have now allowed four over their last two games. They continued to give up big plays but made enough adjustments at halftime.

UP NEXT

Indiana hosts No. 14 Michigan

Penn State visits No. 2 Ohio State.

Passing

Ind Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
P. Ramsey 41 31 75.6 1 371 46 0 110.9
PSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Clifford 23 11 47.8 1 179 41 0 88.9

Rushing

Ind Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Scott III 17 54 3.2 14 0
P. Ramsey 12 31 2.6 11 2
PSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Brown 21 100 4.8 35 1
S. Clifford 10 55 5.5 38 2

Receiving

Ind Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Fryfogle 5 131 26.2 46 1
D. Ellis 7 85 12.1 39 0
PSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Hamler 2 52 26.0 41 0
P. Freiermuth 2 32 16.0 15 0

Fumbles

Ind F FL
W. Philyor 2 2
PSU F FL
S. Clifford 1 1
P. Freiermuth 1 0

Returning

Ind KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
W. Philyor 0 - 0 0 1 -3.0 0 0
A. Lloyd 1 28.0 0 28 0 - 0 0
PSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Hamler 3 20.0 0 27 0 - 0 0

Punting

Ind Punt Yds Avg LgPu
H. Whitehead 3 103 34.3 37
PSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Gillikin 3 128 42.7 51

Takeaways

PSU Int Yds InTD
M. Wilson 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Ind PSU
Points For 27 34
Total Yards 462 371
Rushing Yards 91 192
Passing Yards 371 179
Passing Completions / Attempts 31/41 11/23
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 2/1
First Downs 23 21
Penalties - Yards 5/27 1/0
Time Of Possession 6:06 54:54
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/13 7/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 3/34 3/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ind PSU
PSU 2:56 TD Nick Bowers 12 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 0 7
Ind 5:29 TD Ty Fryfogle 38 yd pass from Peyton Ramsey (Logan Justus kick) 7 7
PSU 8:38 FG Jake Pinegar 47 yd FG 7 10
Ind 11:33 TD Peyton Ramsey 1 yd run (Logan Justus kick) 14 10
PSU 13:57 TD Sean Clifford 38 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 14 17
2nd Quarter Ind PSU
PSU 11:57 FG Jake Pinegar 27 yd FG 14 20
3rd Quarter Ind PSU
PSU 4:36 TD Journey Brown 35 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 14 27
Ind 11:56 FG Logan Justus 25 yd FG 17 27
4th Quarter Ind PSU
Ind 4:15 TD Peyton Ramsey 1 yd run (Logan Justus kick) 24 27
PSU 13:16 TD Sean Clifford 1 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 24 34
Ind 14:47 FG Logan Justus 27 yd FG 27 34

Game Information

Stadium: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 106,323
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