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  SEPT 26 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Kaytron Allen, Penn State, RB - Norfolk, Va. - IMG Academy,...Rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries, the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, in Penn State's 33-14 win against Central Michigan...Scored on a 14-yard run in the second quarter, his third career touchdown...Recorded a career-long 37-yard run in the fourth quarter and has yet to have a negative-yard rush in his career...Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Nicholas Singleton (Sept. 19, 2022). - Big Ten Football

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  Sean Clifford completed 22 of 34 passes for 217 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead No. 14 Penn State past Central Michigan 33-14 on Saturday. Tight end Brenton Strange caught two touchdowns and Mitchell Tinsley caught one. Clifford and Kaytron Allen added touchdown runs for the Nittany Lions (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten. Penn State forced four turnovers. It didn't take long for the Nittany Lions to take control. Clifford marched his offense down the field and hit Tinsley over the middle from 5 yards out to start the scoring. He got another shot on a short field when Zakee Wheatley picked off Daniel Richardson on Central Michigan's eighth play of the day and returned it to the Chippewa 15.

Clifford completed 22 of 34 passes for 217 yards with three touchdowns. He ran for 23 yards and another score. Clifford needed just three plays from there to find Strange on a 4-yard quick out that made it 14-0. The Chippewas (1-3) got their offense going in the second quarter. Richardson capped an 11-play drive by hitting Finn Hogan over the middle from two yards out to make it 14-7. Central Michigan forced a turnover on downs moments later and Richardson found open receivers again. He ended a 9-play, 67-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joel Wilson that tied it at 14. Scoreless possessions followed before the Nittany Lions retook the lead with a 14-yard touchdown run from Allen. Penn State led 21-14 at halftime. The Chippewas turned the ball over again to start the second half. - Penn State/AP College Football


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  SEPT 19 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ji'Ayir Brown, Penn State, S - Sr. - Trenton, N.J. - Trenton Central,...Tallied five tackles (four solo), a sack, a forced fumble and an interception to help Penn State defeat Auburn 41-12 and become the first Big Ten school to sweep a home-and-home series against an SEC opponent since 2012...Recorded a strip-sack in the third quarter, his first career sack and second career forced fumble, before adding his seventh career interception in the third and returning it for 27 yards...The Nittany Lions' 41 points marked the most allowed by Auburn to a non-conference opponent at home since 2001 (41 vs. Louisiana Tech in a 48-41 overtime win)...Earns the second Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career and his first of the season...Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Ji'Ayir Brown (Nov. 8, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  SEPT 19 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Nicholas Singleton, Penn State, RB - Shillington, Pa. - Governor Mifflin,...Finished with 10 rushes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Penn State's 41-12 win at Auburn, becoming the first PSU true freshman running back with back-to-back 100-yard games since Noah Cain in 2019...With runs of 54 and 53 yards, Singleton now has five runs of 40+ yards this season and three over 50 yards to lead the country...His 334 yards are the most rushing yards by a Penn State freshman through first three games of a season, passing Saquon Barkley's mark of 311 in 2015...Earns the second Freshman of the Week honor of his career and second in as many weeks...Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Nicholas Singleton (Sept. 12, 2022). - Big Ten Football

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  Penn State jumped up eight places in this week's USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll thanks to their big win over Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Nittany Lions outscored Auburn, 27-6, in the second half to secure the 41-12 victory. Penn State now sits No. 15 in the poll. Meanwhile, Washington enters the poll for the first time after defeating Michigan State. The Huskies debut at #24. Georgia moves up to No. 1 this week switching spots with Alabama, while the rest of the top 5 stays the same. - American Football Coaches Association

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  Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen combined for 176 rushing yards and four touchdowns as No. 22 Penn State cruised to a 41-12 win at Auburn on Saturday. The Nittany Lions' freshman running backs were instrumental in the red zone. Penn State (3-0) scored touchdowns on each of its first four trips inside the 20-yard line. Quarterback Sean Clifford passed for 178 yards. The Penn State defense forced four turnovers by Auburn (2-1) and also held Tigers star running back Tank Bigsby to 39 rushing yards. Penn State led by one point late in the second quarter before Allen scored his first of two touchdowns. After Auburn opened the third quarter with a three-and-out, Singleton broke a 54-yard run and found the end zone two plays later. The Nittany Lions scored 20 points in the second half to pull away for the comfortable win in what was the first game against a Big Ten opponent for Auburn inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. - Penn State/AP College Football

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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 17. Joey Porter Jr., rJr, CB, Penn State, 6-2, 198, 1,...Following a tremendous show in his season opener, Porter was merely good in a 46-10 win over the Ohio Bobcats. His stat line includes one tackle, but he helped limit Ohio to only 164 yards passing. Previous week, No. 19: Porter was all over the field in a barn-burner of a season-opening, 35-31, win at Purdue. Although Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell threw for 356 yards, it took him 58 passes to do so (29 complete). Porter forced six incompletions and led the team with eight tackles. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  SEPT 12 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Nicholas Singleton, Penn State, RB - Shillington, Pa. - Governor Mifflin,...Had a breakout performance with 10 carries for 179 yards, including 70- and 44-yard touchdowns and a 48-yard run in Penn State's 46-10 victory against Ohio...Singleton's first career touchdown was the longest run since Journey Brown's 85-yard run versus Pitt in 2019, while his 179 yards are a school record for a Beaver Stadium debut...His 219 all-purpose yards (179 rushing, 40 kick return) are the most since wide receiver Jahan Dotson's 254 (242 receiving, 12 punt return) at Maryland in 2021...Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Joey Porter (Dec. 7, 2020). - Big Ten Football

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  Nick Singleton rushed 10 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns and Penn State's defense dominated Ohio 46-10 on Saturday. Penn State (2-0) hadn't had a 100-yard rusher since November 2020, but got big run after big run from Singleton, a freshman who torched the Bobcats for touchdown sprints of 70 and 44 yards in the first and fourth quarters. In between, quarterbacks Sean Clifford and Drew Allar played clean enough and the Nittany Lion defense bore down to force eight punts, a safety and a turnover on downs. Ohio (0-2) crossed midfield just three times. Meanwhile, Penn State's offense continued to blossom.

Clifford completed 19-of-27 passes for 213 yards, ran for a score and threw for another as Penn State scored on three of its first five possessions. The sixth-year quarterback capped a 12-play opening drive with a 1-yard scoring plunge before Singleton dashed down the sideline on the Nittany Lions' second possession to make it 14-0 late in the first quarter. Clifford threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Tinsley in the third before yielding to Allar. The Nittany Lions didn't miss a beat with the freshman running the offense, and more than 107,000 fans who packed Beaver Stadium cheered loudly when he entered. - Penn State/AP College Football


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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 19. Joey Porter Jr., rJr, CB, Penn State, 6-2, 198,...Porter was all over the field in a barn-burner of a season-opening, 35-31, win at Purdue. Although Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell threw for 356 yards, it took him 58 passes to do so (29 complete). Porter forced six incompletions and led the team with eight tackles. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  SEPT 5 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sean Clifford, Penn State, QB - Sr. - Cincinnati, Ohio - St. Xavier,...Completed 20-of-37 passes for 282 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns in Penn State's 35-31 victory against Purdue...With 282 passing yards, Clifford became the third Penn State quarterback to surpass the 8,000-career passing yard mark, joining Trace McSorley (9,899; 2015-18) and Christian Hackenberg (8,457; 2013-15)...Scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak in the second quarter for his 11th career rushing touchdown...The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award and first of the season...Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Jahan Dotson (Nov. 8, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  Sean Clifford avenged his biggest mistake Thursday night with one masterful, final drive. It may have saved Penn State's conference title hopes. The sixth-year quarterback hooked up with Keyvone Lee on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 57 seconds left, rallying the Nittany Lions to a 35-31 victory in their season opener at Purdue. "It was very impressive," coach James Franklin said when asked about the eight-play, 80-yard drive. "We work on the 2-minute drill all the time and it worked out for us right there. You can learn a lot in games like this and I'd rather learn them with a win." It was a rollercoaster night as Clifford opened his sixth college season. He narrowly escaped a right leg injury in the first half then dealt with cramps in the second half, forcing him to miss a series in the third quarter.

He appeared to put the Nittany Lions in control by hooking up with Brenton Strange, who broke two tackles on his way to a 67-yard score with 2 seconds left in the first half. That gave the Nittany Lions a 21-10 lead. He didn't complete a pass after returning in the third quarter and then almost gave the game away when he overthrew Mitchell Tinsley and Chris Jefferson picked off the errant pass and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown to give the Boilermakers a 31-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter. And then, he came through in the clutch to give Penn State its 10th straight win in the series. Clifford finished 20 of 37 with 282 yards and four scores It sure wasn't easy in front of a near-capacity crowd and a game that featured seven lead changes. "It was a gutsy win," Franklin said. "We showed a lot of character. We've got to make more plays on offense, obviously." Penn State's defense also had to contend with a little bit of everything. King Doerue ran for two scores, Aidan O'Connell threw for 356 yards and another score and he celebrated his 24th birthday by connecting with childhood friend Charlie Jones 12 times for 153 yards and a 17-yard TD pass. - Penn State/AP College Football


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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 75. Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 51 tackles (40 solo), 1 INT. Last year's ranking: NR. Porter recorded 51 tackles (40 solo) with one forced fumble and one interception on his way to earning third team All-Big Ten recognition honors for Penn State. He started 13 games for the Nittany Lions as a sophomore. His career high of nine tackles came during a nine-overtime loss to Illinois. - ESPN.com

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  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Sean Clifford, Sr., Penn State,...Also represented on Davey O'Brien Award, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists...Has played in 38 career games, making 33 starts...Is one of three Penn State players to reach 8,000 yards of total offense and one of three PSU quarterbacks to eclipse 7,500 career passing yards...Sits as the current all-time leader at Penn State in completion percentage (.603). - Penn State Football

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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Sean Clifford, Penn State, Sr., QB,...Clifford has played in 38 career games, making 33 starts...Is one of three Penn State players to reach 8,000 yards of total offense and one of three PSU quarterbacks to eclipse 7,500 career passing yards...Sits as the current all-time leader at Penn State in completion percentage (.603)...Ranks second at PSU in career passing touchdowns (62), third in passing yardage (7,839), completions (607) and passing efficiency (141.2), fourth in attempts (1,006), tied for seventh in yards per passing attempt (7.8), eighth in lowest interception percentage (2.49), and 10th in touchdown pass percentage (6.16) and wins as a starting quarterback (21). - Penn State Football

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