What followed was one of the season's worst special-teams plays. Pinegar added a 27-yard field goal to give Penn State a 20-14 halftime lead.
Brown turned another IN turnover into a score when he raced 35 yards early IN the third. However, the Lions weren't able to complete the big comeback. The first was an early punt that apparently grazed Hoosiers return man Whop Philyor and was ruled a fumble.
Tight end Nick Bowers caught a 12-yard touchdown pass for Penn State, and Jake Pinegar kicked a pair of field goals. Maybe IU's call was to only fake it if Penn State presented a certain look and the long snapper - perhaps hoping to pay homage to a past fake punt from the state of IN - did not get the memo. The whole stadium was on high alert for a fake, but the Hoosiers tried it anyway.
Peyton Hendershot had absolutely no chance to do anything positive with this play. Two plays later, the Lions were back in the end zone on a 35-yard Journey Brown run. Of their 18 plays, 16 were runs.
"I definitely feel like I'm getting my feet under me and getting more comfortable with the offense", Brown said. Similarly, will Noah Cain play? Devyn Ford finished with eight attempts for 38 yards, while Ricky Slade carried once for 1 yard.
Pinegar kicked a 47-yard field goal to put Penn State up 10-7, but IN took the lead when Ramsey capped a 63-yard drive with a 1-yard run less than three minutes later. The IU secondary will need to play its best game yet against the talented receiving core of the Nittany Lions. On the season, Clifford has thrown for 2,271 yards and 21 touchdowns.
The Lions expected to face a lot of short passes against IN, and they did. So they ended up taking their first loss of the season. "But I'll also say, that team has done that to everybody". Can the defense get enough pressure on Ramsey to control the top ranked passing offense in the conference? There's no doubt about it. ...
But a win over the Hoosiers wasn't always a certainty Saturday. The redshirt sophomore appeared to be banged up following a first-quarter kick return, and he never came back into the game during the second 15-minute period. Penn State has only reached the game once when they won it in 2016 against Wisconsin. Overall they're 13th in yards per game at 300.2. "Yeah, probably", Franklin said. "It's just knowing what I'm capable of and applying it to the field". I think the depth that we have at the running back position has been helpful, and the depth at the receiver positions has been helpful. "We didn't have K.J. for the rest of the game, but the feedback we're getting is pretty hopeful that we're going to have him next week". "We're a good football team, too". Heading into its game on Saturday against Rutgers, the Buckeyes had not been challenged for four quarters by any opponent.
Michigan, meanwhile, beat Michigan State 44-10 in Ann Arbor. After they came out flat against a red-hot and unbeaten Minnesota team, Penn State had to pay big time as the Golden Gophers took advantage and acquired a solid lead early on.