Nittany Lions With a Game to Build Upon

The Penn State Nittany Lions (1-5) went into Michigan to challenge the 2-4 Wolverines in a game each squad wanted to use to right their ships. The Nittany Lions come out with a game to build upon in this match up.

After starting 0-5, Penn State needed to start fast and avoid the dreaded turnovers. For this day at least, mission accomplished. Beleaguered Quarterback Sean Clifford put up his best game of the season and led the Lions to a 27-17 victory.

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Penn State looked dominant in its first drive and capped it off with a 6-yard scamper from Keyvone Lee (22 carries for 134 yards and the TD) it was Lee’s first-ever start.

Michigan answered with the first of two Hassan Haskins (17 rushes for 101 yards) Haskins capped off a 60-yard scamper to score on a short jaunt that made it 7-7. Michigan QB, Cade McNamara (12 of 25 for 91 yards) left with an apparent shoulder injury. His back up for the day, Joe Milton started the second quarter.

Clifford (17 of 28 and 163 yards) would give PSU the lead for good with a bootleg 28 yard score. Clifford added to his numbers with 9 rushes for 73 yards but, the major stat, zero interceptions.

In a reversal of fortune, Penn State was on the right side of a turnover when a muffed punt was recovered deep in Michigan territory. Jake Pinegar converted a 22 yard field goal to increase the Lions edge to 17-7 after the first half.

Jake Moody from 40 and Pinegar from 33 exchanged threes and the last remaining question was could Penn State hold on? Haskins cut it to a three point game on a 2 yard marker. A late Penn State tally closed the book on the best Lions game of the season.

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Parker Washington had a productive day for Penn State hauling in 93 yards on 9 catches.

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