Comeback Falls Short for Penn State

The Penn State Nittany Lions (0-4) went into Memorial Stadium to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2) on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Penn State falls shorts of comeback.

The Lions feature back, Journey Brown was forced to retire from football due to a heart condition. The Penn State quarterback, Sean Clifford, continues to struggle and has been plagued by turnovers. That, once again, was the story in this one as the beleaguered Clifford threw an interception and fumbled. Deontai Williams recovered and took it to the house for a 26-yard backbreaker.

Will Levis replaced Clifford and was a calming presence for the offense. It was all Cornhuskers in the first quarter as they put up two quick scores to jump out, 10-0.

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QB Luke McCaffrey (13-21 for 152 yds in the air with a TD, and 13 rushes for 62 yards and another TD on the ground) rambled in from the one-yard line to get things started. Clifford promptly threw an interception that Cam Taylor-Britt returned 55 yards to set up a chip shot 22-yard field goal for Connor Culp to end the quarter with Nebraska in front, 10-0.

Jake Pinegar (3-3 on field goals) cut into the lead with a 33 yard field goal. McCaffrey quickly struck back with a 45 yard strike to Zavier Betts before disaster struck for Lions. Deontai Williams forced a Clifford fumble and rumbled 26 yards. That quick it was 24-3 and Will Levis (18 passes for 61) took over for Clifford.

Pinegar stemmed the bleeding with a 40 yarder before Culp matched with 25 yard kick. The huge Nebraska quarter finally came to a close after the ‘Huskers put up 17 points and a 27-6 lead.

Penn State started to get untracked with two third-quarter scores off a 31 yard run from Keyvone Lee (8 carries 49 yards) and a third Pinegar field goal that got things interesting heading to the final quarter with Penn State clawing back, 27-16. Culp ended the run with a 30-yard boot that gave Nebraska a 14 point lead.

Devyn Ford (16-61) got the crowd nervous with a 5-yard scamper. The extra point was good and the question was, “can Penn State pull it off?” It looked as if they would get it even as they drove inside the 10-yard line but, the Nebraska defense stepped up with Ben Stille sacking Levis on 4th down to get Nebraska its first win.

Dis and Dat:

Penn State returns to Beaver Stadium against Iowa. The scheduled start time has been announced as 3:30. Pat Friemuth had a big day hauling in 118 yards on 7 receptions.

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