Clifford, Freiermuth Lead No. 6 Penn State Past Michigan State, 28-7

Clifford, Freiermuth Lead No. 6 Penn State Past Michigan State, 28-7

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (Cincinnati, Ohio) threw four touchdown passes and tight end Pat Freiermuth (Merrimac, Mass.) caught three of them as the No. 6 Nittany Lions defeated Michigan State, 28-7, on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Spartan Stadium.

Penn State improved to 8-0 overall for the first time since 2008 and 5-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2011, while Michigan State fell to 4-4 and 2-3 in Big Ten play.

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Hamler Claims Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Honors

Hamler Claims Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Honors

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sophomore wide receiver KJ Hamler (Pontiac, Mich.) earned the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award after his outstanding all-around performance in the win over No. 16 Michigan Saturday night. In addition, Hamler was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll this week.

This is the second-straight week a Nittany Lion has claimed conference honors with punter Blake Gillikin claiming Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 14. Hamler is the first Penn Stat wide out to win weekly accolades since DaeSean Hamilton won the award after the Indiana game in 2017.

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No. 7 Penn State Holds Off No. 16 Michigan, 28-21

No. 7 Penn State Holds Off No. 16 Michigan, 28-21

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Quarterback Sean Clifford (Cincinnati, Ohio) was responsible all four Nittany Lion touchdowns and No. 7 Penn State held off a second-half Michigan charge to defeat the No. 16 Wolverines, 28-21, Saturday night in Big Ten football action.

Playing before the fourth-largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history with 110,669 in attendance, Penn State improved to 7-0 on the season (4-0 Big Ten) for its best start since 2017 and fifth 7-0 start since joining the Big Ten in 1993. Michigan fell to 5-2 (3-2 Big Ten). Penn State also defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back games (No. 17 Iowa, 17-12, last week) for the first time since 2005 when the Nittany Lions topped No. 18 Minnesota (44-14) and No. 6 Ohio State (17-10) in consecutive weeks.

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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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