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  Christian Veilleux used the biggest opportunity of his young college career to make up for a lost time on Saturday. Penn State's freshman quarterback, who was out of football a year ago when his high school canceled the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, stepped in for an ailing Sean Clifford and shook off the rust. Veilleux sparked what had been a lifeless Penn State offense with three touchdowns in a 28-0 win over Rutgers on Saturday. Veilleux was not available for comment after the game as Penn State does not allow freshmen to speak to reporters. "We faced as much adversity in this game as I've been around," Penn State coach James Franklin said. Jahan Dotson, Parker Washington and Malick Meiga caught touchdown passes and Keyvone Lee ran for a score for the Nittany Lions who snapped a two-game skid at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) did so with 35 players battling flu-like symptoms through the week and up to kickoff. Clifford, who left the game midway through the first quarter, was among them. The three-year starter missed warm-ups as he was receiving fluids in the locker room. Afterward, Clifford told Franklin he felt like he could play. It didn't last. Clifford was just 2-for-8 passing with 23 yards before he returned to the locker room for more treatment. Although he had never played a collegiate down and took a while to find his rhythm, Veilleux settled in and the rest of Penn State's offense did enough in the second half to beat the Scarlet Knights (5-6, 2-6) for the 15th straight time. - Penn State/AP College Football


(DS#43 QB) Fr/2025 QB Christian VeilleuxPenn State
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  11/16/21 - Jordan StoutrSr/2022, Penn State, 6-3, 209 (DS#17 P) + More +

  NOV 15 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Stout, Penn State, K/P – Sr. – Cedar Bluff, Va. – Honaker (Va.),...Tied a career high with three field goals vs. No. 6 Michigan, including kicks from 52, 42 and 31 yards. Now ranks second in Penn State history with five field goals of more than 50 yards, trailing only Chris Bahr's six...Punted four times for 204 yards (51.0 avg.), landing all four of his attempts inside the 20, including two inside the 10. Hit two 50-plus yard punts and dropped a 49-yard punt at the Michigan 1...Also completed an 18-yard pass on a fake punt, marking the first completion by a Penn State punter since Chris Clauss completed a 6-yard pass vs. Maryland on Nov. 7, 1987...Earns the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and his second of the season...Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordan Stout (Oct. 4, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#17 P) rSr/2022 P Jordan StoutPenn State
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  11/09/21 - Jahan DotsonSr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 184 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  NOV 8 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jahan Dotson, Penn State, WR – Sr. – Nazareth, Pa. – Nazareth Area,...Set career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (242), while catching three touchdown passes in Penn State's 31-14 win at Maryland. Set a new Penn State record for receiving yards in a single game, breaking the previous record of 216 set by Deon Butler vs. Northwestern in 2006...Became just the second FBS player this season to record 240-plus receiving yards and at least three receiving touchdowns in a game...Scored touchdowns on receptions of 86, 38 and 21 yards. The 86-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter marked the longest catch of his career...Has now registered 10 games of at least 100 receiving yards in his career, tying Allen Robinson for the second-most 100-yard receiving games in team history...Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career; earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Dec. 14, 2020...Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Sean Clifford (Set. 27, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#2 WR) Sr/2022 WR Jahan DotsonPenn State
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  11/09/21 - JiAyir BrownSr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 205 (DS#35 FS) + More +

  NOV 8 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ji'Ayir Brown, Penn State, S – Sr. – Trenton, N.J. – Trenton Central,...Recorded two takeaways, including a pick-six, and a team-high nine tackles (eight solo) in Penn State's 31-14 win at Maryland...Intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 87 yards for a touchdown, marking the fifth-longest interception return in Penn State history. Also recovered a fumble in the third quarter...Has now registered four interceptions this season, marking the most by a Nittany Lion defender since 2017...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Brandon Smith (Sept. 20, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#35 FS) Sr/2022 FS JiAyir BrownPenn State
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  11/07/21 - Jahan DotsonSr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 184 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  Jahan Dotson caught 11 passes for a school-record 242 yards and three touchdowns, helping No. 22 Penn State snap a three-game losing streak with a 31-14 victory over Maryland on Saturday night. Sean Clifford threw for 363 yards for the Nittany Lions, including an 86-yard TD strike to Dotson that gave Penn State the lead with 13:55 to play. Dotson also caught scoring passes of 38 and 21 yards. The Terrapins tied it at 14 early in the fourth quarter. A sack knocked Penn State (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) back 8 yards on the first play of the next drive, but then Clifford found his star receiver over the middle and Dotson outran everyone to the end zone. That was the longest reception of Dotson's Penn State career. The Nittany Lions struggled to put away the Terrapins, but they were able to take advantage of three empty Maryland trips to the red zone.

The Terrapins (5-4, 2-4) were trying to secure bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016. Taulia Tagovailoa passed for 342 yards and a TD, but he took an intentional grounding penalty that knocked Maryland out of field goal range early and fumbled a shotgun snap for a key turnover in the third quarter. Clifford found a very open Dotson deep for the game's opening touchdown in the first. Maryland reached the end zone toward the end of the half on a 2-yard run by Challen Faamatau, but a missed extra point left the Terrapins down 7-6 at the break. Dotson's second touchdown capped a 95-yard scoring drive that made it 14-6. Maryland tied it when Tagovailoa threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Corey Dyches on the first play of the final quarter, then passed to Chigoziem Okonkwo for the 2-point conversion. After Penn State went ahead 21-14, Dotson provided one more big play - a 45-yard catch-and-run on third-and-8 that set up a field goal. - Penn State/AP College Football


(DS#2 WR) Sr/2022 WR Jahan DotsonPenn State
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  10/05/21 - Jordan StoutrSr/2022, Penn State, 6-3, 209 (DS#17 P) + More +

  OCT 4 BIG TEN CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Stout, Penn State, K/P – Sr. – Cedar Bluff, Va. – Honaker (Va.),...Landed four punts inside the 20, recorded touchbacks on four of five kickoffs and made a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to help Penn State defeat Indiana 24-0. Also connected on all three of his extra point attempts...Has now made four field goals of more than 50 yards in his career and ranks second in Penn State history behind Chris Bahr (six)...Totaled six punts for 278 yards (46.3 avg.), including two 50-plus-yard punts...Earns his second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of the season...Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordan Stout (Sept. 6, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#17 P) rSr/2022 P Jordan StoutPenn State
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  10/03/21 - Sean CliffordrSr/2022, Penn State, 6-1, 219 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Sean Clifford threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 4 Penn State beat Indiana 24-0 on Saturday. Jahan Dotson caught a pair of touchdown passes, Brenton Strange added one and Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) forced eight punts, two turnovers and blocked a field goal for their ninth straight victory. Jordan Stout added a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Nittany Lions. Penn State opened the scoring on its second drive when Clifford scrambled left and flung a 10-yard pass to Strange with 5:28 to play in the first quarter.

Raheem Layne intercepted Clifford's pass in Penn State territory on the Nittany Lions' next possession. Although Layne returned it to the 13, the Hoosiers couldn't crack Penn State's stout red zone defense. They ran four plays inside the 5 only to turn the ball over on downs on a fourth-and-short try. The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2) wouldn't get any closer to the end zone the rest of the night. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions responded with their longest drive of the season. They got a boost from running back Keyvone Lee who took off for a 44-yard gain up the middle on second down. He added a 21-yard run moments later to set Penn State up inside the 5. Clifford capped the sequence with a rollout pass to Dotson in the back of the end zone. The 8-yard scoring toss made it 14-0 with 13:31 to play in the first half. - Penn State/AP College Football


(DS#13 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sean CliffordPenn State
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  09/27/21 - Sean CliffordrSr/2022, Penn State, 6-1, 219 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  SEPT 27 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sean Clifford, Penn State, QB – Sr. – Cincinnati, Ohio – Saint Xavier (Ohio),...Threw for a career-high 401 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns in Penn State's 38-17 win vs. Villanova. Now ranks fifth all-time in Penn State history with 5,890 career passing yards and second with 49 career passing touchdowns...Joined Christian Hackenberg (454 yards vs. UCF in 2014) as the only quarterbacks in Nittany Lion history to throw for more than 400 yards in a game...Connected on touchdown passes of 83, 52, 52 and 23 yards...Is one of just 10 FBS quarterbacks to pass for more than 400 yards in a game in 2021...Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: KJ Hamler (Oct. 21, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#13 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sean CliffordPenn State
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  09/25/21 - Sean CliffordrSr/2022, Penn State, 6-1, 219 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Sean Clifford passed for four touchdowns and a career-high 401 yards, leading No. 6 Penn State to a 38-17 victory over Villanova on Saturday. Clifford completed 19 of 26 passes, finding Parker Washington for two TDs and Jahan Dotson and KeAndre Lambert-Smith for one apiece. Tyler Warren rushed for a touchdown and Jordan Stout kicked a field goal for the Nittany Lions (4-0), who led 17-3 at the break in their eighth straight win. A week after outlasting Southeastern Conference foe No. 23 Auburn in a back-and-forth slugfest, Penn State showcased its speed against its in-state FCS opponent.

Clifford spied Dotson speeding through Villanova cornerback Christian Benford's single coverage and dropped a 52-yard strike into Dotson's hands for a 7-0 lead just three minutes in. Early in the second, the Wildcats pressured Clifford and brought him down at midfield for their first of three sacks on the afternoon. But the fifth-year senior popped up and fired to Washington crossing over the middle on the next play. Washington sliced through Villanova's secondary for a 52-yard score that made it 14-3. Stout added a 29-yard field goal before halftime, but Penn State missed out on an opportunity for an even bigger lead. Cornerback Johnny Dixon dropped what could have been a Pick-6 midway through the first half, and the Nittany Lions' final two possessions were spoiled by a holding penalty and a sack. Clifford continued to hook up with his receivers for big plays in the second half. - Penn State/AP College Football


(DS#13 QB) rSr/2022 QB Sean CliffordPenn State
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  09/20/21 - Brandon SmithJr/2023, Penn State, 6-2, 241 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  SEPT 20 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Smith, Penn State, LB - Jr. - Louisa, Va. - Louisa County (Fla.),...Led the Nittany Lions defense with a career-high 10 tackles (six solo) in Penn State's 28-20 win over No. 22 Auburn. Bested his previous career high of eight tackles. Helped limit Auburn's offense to just 185 passing yards on 21 of 39 attempts (.538 pct.) and its lowest total offensive output of the season (369 yards)...Added one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry...Helped Penn State record its first regular season win over a Southeastern Conference opponent since 1990. The Nittany Lions have now defeated two ranked opponents in 2021, marking the first time that Penn State has recorded two such wins in its first three games of a season...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Robert Windsor (Nov. 12, 2018). - Big Ten Football

(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Brandon SmithPenn State
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  09/19/21 - Jahan DotsonSr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 184 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  Clemson and Ohio State slipped to the back of the top 10 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday and Penn State jumped four spots to No. 6 after another weekend in which lots of ranked teams had issues. Even No. 1 Alabama. The defending national champion Crimson Tide remained an overwhelming No. 1 after holding on to beat Florida 31-29, Alabama's closest margin of victory during its current 17-game winning streak. The Tide received 59 of 62 first-place votes. No. 2 Georgia, which had no problem with South Carolina, received the other three first-place votes in the AP Top 25, which is presented by Regions Bank. No. 3 Oregon moved up a spot and No. 4 Oklahoma slipped one after a close victory over Nebraska.

Iowa was No. 5 for a second straight week and Penn State has its best ranking since the Nittany Lions were fifth on Nov. 3, 2019. Penn State beat Auburn on Saturday night to give it two victories against ranked teams, along with Wisconsin. No. 9 Clemson and No. 10 Ohio State both won Saturday, but neither looked typically dominant. The Tigers managed only 14 points against Georgia Tech and the Buckeyes struggled defensively before pulling away late against winless Tulsa. - AP College Football


(DS#2 WR) Sr/2022 WR Jahan DotsonPenn State
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  09/19/21 - Jaquan BriskerrSr/2022, Penn State, 6-1, 200 (DS#2 SS) + More +

  Jaquan Brisker skipped across a field littered with white pom poms and toward a row of Penn State students painted white from head to toe. The Nittany Lions' star safety had a big smile on his face, and it didn't fade one bit even as he tripped over a photographer while celebrating a dramatic win on a raucous night in Happy Valley. Brisker broke up a desperation pass toward the end zone by Auburn's Bo Nix as time expired and No. 10 Penn State held on to beat No. 22 Auburn 28-20. Sean Clifford completed 28 of 32 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns as Penn State welcomed back its white out crowd to Beaver Stadium for a rare visit from a Southeastern Conference teams. - AP College Football

(DS#2 SS) rSr/2022 SS Jaquan BriskerPenn State
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  09/19/21 - Jaquan BriskerrSr/2022, Penn State, 6-1, 200 (DS#2 SS) + More +

  Jaquan Brisker skipped across a field littered with white pom poms and toward a row of Penn State students painted white from head to toe. The Nittany Lions' star safety had a big smile on his face, and it didn't fade one bit even as he tripped over a photographer while celebrating a dramatic win on a raucous night in Happy Valley. Brisker broke up a desperation pass toward the end zone by Auburn's Bo Nix as time expired and No. 10 Penn State held on to beat No. 22 Auburn 28-20 on Saturday night.

Sean Clifford completed 28 of 32 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns as Penn State (3-0) welcomed back its white out crowd to Beaver Stadium for a rare visit from a Southeastern Conference teams. "I was ready," Brisker said. "When you come to Penn State, you expect to play in front of big crowds like this. You've got to take it in for 10 seconds, then it's back to reality." Jahan Dotson made 10 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, tight end Brenton Strange caught a touchdown and tight end Tyler Warren and Noah Cain ran for scores to help the Nittany Lions beat an SEC opponent at home for the first time since 1985 against Alabama. Penn State had to make two late defensive stands to hold the lead. "I think we have a really good mentality on defense," coach James Franklin said. "I think our leadership is really good. I think we're a mentally tough football team. I think we're a physically tough football team." - Penn State/AP College Football


(DS#2 SS) rSr/2022 SS Jaquan BriskerPenn State
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  09/11/21 - Noah CainJr/2023, Penn State, 5-10, 220 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  When Penn State hired Mike Yurcich to be its new offensive coordinator, the team's backs and receivers were ecstatic. They knew there likely would be a lot of opportunities for all of them to make plays. The No. 11 Nittany Lions' 44-13 win against Ball State on Saturday was the showcase they had in mind. Sean Clifford completed 21 of 29 passes for 230 yards, ran for a touchdown and threw for another on an afternoon that saw seven different players contribute scoring plays and 14 more touch the ball for an offense that rang up 493 total yards. "That's going to be a common theme," Clifford said with a grin. "The more guys that get touches the better, especially early in the year." Running back Noah Cain added a rushing touchdown and wide receiver Jahan Dotson added another, linebacker Jesse Luketa returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown, and Jordan Stout kicked three field goals for the Nittany Lions (2-0).

Backup quarterback Ta-Quan Roberson added a 23-yard touchdown pass to Theo Johnson to cap Penn State's sixth straight win dating to last season. "I just thought this week on first and second down, offensively we were more effective," Penn State coach James Franklin said. "I just thought we were more balanced. We were more efficient." Penn State scored on four of five first-half possessions, led 24-6 at halftime, and played suffocating defense. It was the kind of start the Nittany Lions wanted, especially as they welcomed back nearly 106,000 fans to Beaver Stadium for the first time since 2019. - Penn State/AP College Football


(DS#14 RB) Jr/2023 RB Noah CainPenn State
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  09/06/21 - Jordan StoutrSr/2022, Penn State, 6-3, 209 (DS#17 P) + More +

  SEPT 6 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Stout, Penn State, K/P - Sr. - Cedar Bluff, Va. - Honaker (Va.),...In Penn State's 16-10 road win at Wisconsin, averaged a career-high 53.9 yards per punt on seven punts, marking the second-highest single-game punting average in Penn State history, trailing only Ralph Giacomarro who averaged 54.75 yards per punt at Syracuse in 1981...Registered five punts of 50-plus yards, including a career-long 76-yarder in the third quarter. His 76-yard punt tied for the third-long punt in Nittany Lions history...Added a 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 10-10...Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jahan Dotson (Dec. 14, 2020). - Big Ten Football

(DS#17 P) rSr/2022 P Jordan StoutPenn State
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