Christian Veilleux stepped in for an injured Sean Clifford and tossed three landing passes to guide Penn State to a 28-0 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
The freshman quarterback was thrust into motion when an unspecified damage pressured Clifford out of the sport halfway by means of the primary quarter.
Jahan Dotson, Parker Washington and Malick Meiga caught landing passes and Keyvone Lee ran for a rating for the Nittany Lions (7-4, 4-4 Large Ten) who snapped a two-game skid at Beaver Stadium.
Though he had by no means performed a collegiate down and took some time to search out his rhythm, Veilleux settled in and the remainder of Penn State’s offense did sufficient within the second half to beat the Scarlet Knights (5-6, 2-6) for the fifteenth straight time.
Veilleux accomplished 15 of 24 passes for 235 yards. His eight-yard move to Dotson with 1:03 to play within the second quarter broke a scoreless tie and was the lone spotlight to that time in a sport that had been with none.
Each offenses traded punts and just-missed turnovers within the first quarter. They mixed for simply 53 yards on 31 performs within the opening quarter-hour earlier than Penn State managed the 10-play drive capped by Dotson’s tenth landing catch of the yr.
Penn State was far more environment friendly within the second half the place Veilleux ended a pair of fast third-quarter drives with massive performs.
He dropped a 17-yard move in to Washington in the long run zone with 3:32 to play within the third, then hit an uncovered Meiga over the center for a 67-yard rating two minutes later.
Penn State’s protection did the remaining.
Rutgers was held to 165 yards, pressured to punt 10 occasions, transformed simply 4 of 15 third downs and crossed midfield simply as soon as — within the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights performed exhausting on protection, however had no assistance on the opposite facet. Penn State’s protection was an enormous a part of their struggles, however the Scarlet Knights nonetheless dropped balls, dedicated penalties and received little or no push with their operating sport. They’ll must be lots higher subsequent week in the event that they wish to make their first bowl look since 2014.
Penn State: Veilleux gave Penn State followers some hope after Clifford, who’s been banged up all yr, was unable to proceed. The Nittany Lions nonetheless want extra from gamers not named Dotson, nevertheless.
Rutgers: Hosts Maryland.
Penn State: Visits No. 7 Michigan State.