Penn State defenders get excited after they’re requested to defend quick fields nowadays.
In any case, it’s what the No. 4 Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Large Ten) do finest.
Penn State pressured eight punts, two turnovers and blocked a subject aim to raise the Nittany Lions to a 24-0 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
Sean Clifford threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns, Jahan Dotson caught a pair of landing passes, Brenton Unusual added one and Jordan Stout added a 50-yard subject aim within the fourth quarter within the Nittany Lions’ ninth straight victory.
“We’re a protection who, it doesn’t matter the rating, doesn’t matter what time of the sport it’s, we’re going to go on the market and play at a excessive degree,” defensive deal with P.J. Mustipher mentioned. “That’s who we’re. All through the sport, we’re going to maintain going.”
Penn State opened the scoring on its second drive when Clifford scrambled left and flung a 10-yard move to Unusual with 5:28 to play within the first quarter.
Raheem Layne intercepted Clifford’s move in Penn State territory on the Nittany Lions’ subsequent possession. Though Layne returned it to the 13, the Hoosiers couldn’t crack Penn State’s stout crimson zone protection. They ran 4 performs contained in the 5 solely to show the ball over on downs on a fourth-and-short attempt.
The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2) wouldn’t get any nearer to the tip zone the remainder of the night time.
“I assumed that was an enormous play,” Franklin mentioned. “Defensively, I simply suppose we’re taking part in actually good, complimentary defensive soccer. I don’t know if we’re overwhelming in any space, however I believe the protection is doing their job.”
The offense did its half, too. After the defensive cease, the Nittany Lions responded with their longest drive of the season.
They received a lift from working again Keyvone Lee who took off for a 44-yard achieve up the center on second down. He added a 21-yard run moments later to set Penn State up contained in the 5. Clifford capped the sequence with a rollout move to Dotson behind the tip zone. The 8-yard scoring toss made it 14-0 with 13:31 to play within the first half.
Indiana’s opening second-half possession ended badly when Penix was sacked by linebacker Brandon Smith. Penix went down on his left shoulder and was down on the sector for a couple of minutes. He walked to the locker room and was changed by Jack Tuttle.
Indiana coach Tom Allen mentioned after the sport that Penix injured his throwing shoulder and would endure additional checks when the group returns house.
The backup didn’t fare significantly better. On his first dropback, Tuttle was sacked arduous on third down by Arnold Ebiketie.
“They performed good protection,” Allen mentioned. “They make it actually arduous to run the soccer. We now have to verify we take that stress off our throwing recreation, keep on the sector and get first downs.”
Penn State put collectively one other sturdy drive and elevated its result in 21-0 when Clifford, throwing on the run once more, discovered Dotson reducing inside Indiana’s protection for a 30-yard rating.
Tuttle gave Indiana some life when he accomplished his subsequent three passes for a mixed 58 yards, steering his teammates into scoring place halfway by means of the third. However the drive stalled, and Smith blocked a 30-yard subject aim try by Charles Campbell three performs later.
Clifford and Dotson have mixed for 18 whole touchdowns, essentially the most for any QB-WR combo in Penn State historical past.
The report of 17 was beforehand held by Todd Blackledge and Kenny Jackson.
Indiana: The Hoosiers performed effectively sufficient on protection and held Penn State’s big-play offense to simply 14 first-half factors. Offensively, nevertheless, Indiana had little or no happening. Penix accomplished simply eight of his first 19 throws for 109 yards and one interception and regardless of who Indiana’s QB is transferring ahead, they’ll want extra assist from everybody round them if this group desires to make any progress.
Penn State: Clifford continues to play effectively and the Nittany Lions received extra out of their working recreation by getting Lee concerned. The Penn State protection may’ve performed its finest recreation of the season. Indiana’s offense was smothered all night time, and neither QB had time or area to throw with any accuracy.
Penn State could have room to maneuver up after No. 3 Oregon fell to unranked Stanford.
Indiana: Hosts No. 17 Michigan State on Oct. 16.
Penn State: At No. 5 Iowa on Saturday.