Penn State seems to have found some answers with 23-7 defeat of Rutgers. Penn State (2-5) went to Piscataway to battle the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-5) on a rainy and windy Saturday. That’s more like it with PSU back to its winning ways.
The Penn State defense held Rutgers to less than twenty points for the first time in the shortened season. The Nittany Lions had early success on the ground and accrued 133 yards and a TD off of 30 touches in the first half. PSU out rushed Rutgers 248 to 205 to set the tone for the afternoon.
Jordan Stout and Jake Pinegar (3-3) of field goals combined, picked up 11 points while the Knights countered with one PAT. Sean Clifford, (15-22 133 yards, with one TD and one pick) who seems to be getting back in his grove, hit Parker Washington for a 29-yard touchdown to open the scoring. The score was a result of a huge Penn State stop on 4th and 1 on the Rutgers 45. The first quarter closed with a 7-0 score.
History would repeat itself with Penn State making another 4th and 1 stop that Devyn Ford (11 carries for 65 yards) punched in to put the visitors ahead, 17-0.
Rutgers QB Noah Vedral (17-30 113 yards and a TD) put the ball on the ground with Penn State recovering. Long range kicker, Jordan Stout hit from 47 yards to extend it the advantage to 20-7. Vedral got revenge when he found Bo Melton for 3 yard marker on 4th down.
The only mistake PSU made was an Interception and Rutgers took full advantage to cut the lead to 20-7. Jake Pinegar would add his second of the day to seal the deal. That’s more like it.
With the win, Penn State becomes the 8th winningest NCAA team by recording their 900th. Will Levis did not throw a single pass but rushed for 65 yards from 11 touches. Devyn Ford revealed he missed the Michigan game due to the death of his brother. Penn State has gotten the best of Rutgers 14 straight times. The Lions continue their quest for respectability when they return to Beaver Stadium to face Michigan State.
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