No. 10/9 Penn State Wins at No. 17/18 Iowa, 17-12

No. 10/9 Penn State Wins at No. 17/18 Iowa, 17-12

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Relentless pressure from defensive tackle Robert Windsor (Fond Du Lac, Wisc.), a pair of second-half takeaways and big fourth-quarter runs by freshman running back Noah Cain (Baton Rouge, La.) led No. 10/9 Penn State to a 17-12 win over No. 17/18 Iowa Saturday night in Kinnick Stadium.

Penn State improved to 6-0 (3-0 Big Ten) to secure bowl eligibility for the 50th time in program history, while Iowa fell to 4-2 (1-2 Big Ten). The win also marked the Nittany Lions’ first win over a ranked opponent in a true road game since 2013.

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Clifford Selected Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week

Clifford Selected Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after leading Penn State to a 35-7 win over Purdue.

Clifford paced the Nittany Lion offense, accounting for four touchdowns. He completed 20-of-29 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Clifford connected with KJ Hamler on a 23-yard touchdown, Jahan Dotson for a 72-yard touchdown and Pat Freiermuth for a 7-yard score. His 72-yard pass to Dotson is Penn State’s longest this season. Clifford also rushed for a 3-yard score.

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No. 12/11 Penn State Stifles Purdue, 35-7

No. 12/11 Penn State Stifles Purdue, 35-7

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A fast start on offense and a voracious pass rush that totaled 10 sacks led Penn State to a 35-7 victory over Purdue in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium.

In the game’s first 16 minutes, Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) built a 28-0 lead as quarterback Sean Clifford (Cincinnati, Ohio) was responsible for four touchdowns, rushing for one and throwing three, while the defense held Purdue (1-4, 0-2 Big Ten) to just 1 yard. For the game, the Nittany Lions held the Boilers to 104 total yards and minus-19 rushing yards – the fewest rushing yards allowed by Penn State since 1978 and fifth-fewest since 1947.

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The Penn State All-Sports Museum Announces Fall 2019 Speakers

The Penn State All-Sports Museum Announces Fall 2019 Speakers

On Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12pm noon, Trey Bauer will kick off the 2019 fall speakers with a discussion in the museum’s football gallery on the first floor. Bauer was part of Penn State’s 1986 National Championship football team, captain of the 1987 team, and a three year starter, as well as the first at Penn State to attend business school while competing with the football team. After graduation, Bauer spent his career as a professional securities trader and co-founder of financial services companies.
On Friday, October 18, 2019 at 12pm noon, the museum will host Ted Sebastianelli for a discussion in the Unbeaten and Uncrowned exhibition on the second floor. Sebastianelli was a member of Rip Engle’s last recruiting class, and played on Joe Paterno’s first 3 varsity teams. Initially as a linebacker and later as a center, Sebastianelli played on the undefeated 1968 team that finished second nationally at the 1969 Orange Bowl. Following graduation, Sebastianelli was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. After retiring from the military after 34 years, Sebastianelli served as Deputy HR Director for the Military District of Washington.
On Friday, November 15, 2019 at 12pm, the museum will host a conversation on sport and race at Penn State featuring an academic analysis and a personal experience with panelists Wally Richardson and Mark Dyreson with discussion moderated by John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. On November 1, 1969, at halftime of a home game against Boston College, Penn State African American student leaders took the field and addressed 48,000 Nittany Lion fans about several racial problems that plagued black students on campus. Instead of celebrating these students as emissaries of Champions of Equality, as the historical marker celebrating Nittany Lion stars who helped to desegregate intercollegiate sport heralds them, Penn State fans booed them and stomped their feet to drown out the speakers.
A half-century after protestors condemned the racial climate at Penn State during a football game, African American athletes remain the most visible black students on campus and race relations in Happy Valley remain complicated and sometimes conflicted. The 50th anniversary of the football protests offers an invitation to reflect on the past, illumine the present, and think about the future.  Richardson will reflect on his experiences as the first African American quarterback at Penn State to achieve major success on the field. Richardson has continued serving the football program in a variety of capacities off the field, from academic counselor to current Director of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club. Dyreson is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Director of research and educational programs for PSU’s Center for the Study of Sports in Society. Dyreson is currently working on a history of race and sport at Penn State and will offer a historical perspective on the complex history of Penn State’s Champions of Equality.
All talks are free and open to the community.

Clifford Claims Big Ten Weekly Honor

Clifford Claims Big Ten Weekly Honor

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been selected as the Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after a stellar outing at Maryland Friday night. He is the first Penn State player to win offensive weekly honors since Miles Sanders against Illinois last year. Clifford is the first Penn State quarterback to claim conference weekly accolades since Trace McSorley in 2016 (Michigan State).

Clifford, who shares offensive honors with Minnesota’s Tanner Morgan, was 26-for-31 for 398 yards and three touchdowns with seven rushes for 54 yards and a touchdown in the 59-0 win at Maryland. The effort was Clifford’s first career 300-yard game and the 40th in Penn State history, while his 398 yards rank third in Penn State single-game history, behind Christian Hackenberg (454; vs. UCF, 2014) and Zack Mills (299, vs. Iowa, 2002). The sophomore tallied 287 passing yards in the first half to break the Penn State record of 258 yards by Trace McSorley against Georgia State in 2017.

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