The grades are in afterwards James Franklin’s aggregation confused to 3-0 with a abrasive 17-10 achievement over Pittsburgh Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Was it a afterimage to behold? It was something, but it was not pretty. And if you’re black with the Nittany Lions’ defense, you shouldn’t be. PSU has accustomed three touchdowns in three games. The Lions were abutting to breeding several added big plays adjoin the Panthers’ breach but accord quarterback Kenny Pickett for a big-time accomplishment (372 yards) in defeat.
So actuality we go …
Quarterback Sean Clifford (14 of 30, 222 yards) was captivated afterwards a touchdown for the aboriginal time this division and he took too abounding hits from the Pittsburgh defense. The first-year amateur did affix with wideout KJ Hamler for a 53-yard accretion and afterwards begin Ricky Slade for a 40-yard achievement out of the backfield. Clifford additionally aloof absent a wide-open Hamler for a continued touchdown in the additional half. … The Lions’ abhorrent band got it done on the arena (167 yards) but struggled aboriginal adjoin the Panthers’ blitzing approach. Noticed Mike Miranda started at appropriate bouncer over C.J. Thorpe for the additional afterwards week. … Journey Brown got the alpha at active aback and his 85-yard run up the appropriate ancillary got the Lions out of a third-and-nine aperture from their 3. … Noah Cain didn’t attending like a apprentice on PSU’s third-quarter touchdown drive that he accomplished with a 13-yard run up middle. … Afterwards a big accomplishment adjoin Buffalo, accomplished bound end Pat Freiermuth (1-16) was captivated in check.
DEFENSE: B .
The Panthers denticulate 10 credibility and aught in the additional half, and that affairs added than Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett’s 372-yard game. … Alfresco linebacker Cam Brown (seven tackles, 1.5 tackles) keyed the Lions’ huge goal-line angle in the fourth division by afflictive Pickett into completions on aboriginal and third down. … Fellow alfresco linebacker Micah Parsons was a force (nine tackles, two tackles for loss) from the beginning. … The ‘D’ generated 10 tackles for accident and captivated Pittsburgh to 24 hasty yards. … Thought arresting end Shaka Toney’s day (five tackles, sack, QB hit) was bigger than it looks on paper. He was in the backfield for abundant of the bold and it looked like he should accept fatigued a brace of captivation penalties. … Why does this accomplished aegis consistently get suckered on awning passes in accessible situations?
Penn State linebacker Cam Brown celebrates authoritative a comedy on Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett on third bottomward and ambition banishment an abridged canyon during the fourth division on Sept. 14, 2019.
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SPECIAL TEAMS: A.
Gold stars for blame specialist Jordan Stout, punter Blake Gillikin and the punt advantage guys aback asked. … Stout burst a program-record 57-yard acreage ambition aloof afore bisected and recorded touchbacks on all four kickoffs. … Gillikin averaged 42.4 yards on seven punts and placed six central the Panthers’ 20. … Accomplished Pittsburgh acknowledgment man Maurice Ffrench was a non-factor for the additional afterwards year. The accelerated wideout netted eight yards on two punt returns. … Lions acknowledgment man KJ Hamler (62 yards on four accumulated alpha and punt returns) never got chargeless but attached French’s appulse was one of the bigger keys to Penn State’s win.
Could accept been bigger but could accept been a lot worse. Looked like Penn State was clumsy to accomplish abounding adjustments above-mentioned to halftime, a affair of James Franklin’s activity in. … Liked the accommodation to go with Journey Brown over Ricky Slade as amateur and Brown responded with 109 yards on 10 carries. … Did not like the accommodation to avoid Noah Cain afterwards Cain sparked PSU’s third-quarter touchdown drive with 40 hasty yards, 13 accepting yards and touchdown. Where was Cain in the fourth division with the breach aggravating to put abroad the game? … Afterwards accepting austere by the run aftermost year, the Lions’ plan to being Pittsburgh’s arena bold formed (24 yards on 25 attempts) but quarterback Kenny Pickett (372 yards) fabricated the Lions pay. Sometimes you gotta aces your poison, right? … Improved canyon protection, faster starts bare already Big Ten comedy begins.
The 100th affair amid Penn State and Pittsburgh went to the Lions, who won the four-game alternation 3-1. Was this the final PSU-Pittsburgh game? You may not see accession for a actual continued time. Who would accept estimated that the Penn State appropriate teams accept apparently been the best affair about the Lions’ 3-0 start? The appulse of blame specialist Jordan Stout has been huge. In accession to acceptable all three games, the apprenticeship agents committed to arena a lot of guys on breach and defense. The acquaintance should advice the Lions aback they resume comedy at Maryland on the aftermost Friday in September. The abhorrent band allegation booty a footfall forward, the canyon rushers accept to get home and Franklin and abettor Ja’Juan Seider may appetite to attenuated the team’s active aback rotation. Is there abundant carries for four guys in a game? And why didn’t Franklin go with the “hot hand”, Cain, during the home adjoin Pittsburgh?
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