GAMEDAY College Football

Penn State 46, Ohio 10

By TRAVIS JOHNSON
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Nick Singleton rushed 10 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns and Penn State's defense dominated Ohio 46-10.

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.

Allar was 6 of 8 for 88 yards with touchdown passes to Omari Evans and Khalil Dinkins early in the third and fourth quarters.

Ohio broke the shutout just before halftime.

Trailing 19-0, Sieh Bangura leaned in from 1-yard out to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive. But the Bobcats didn't score again until Nathanial Vakos booted a 21-yard field goal with 6:50 to play.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio: Picked to finish in the lower half of the MAC standings by conference coaches, the Bobcats played hard on defense. They sacked Clifford three times in the first half but couldn't hang with Penn State's speed.

Penn State: Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has built a solid foundation in the first two weeks. More importantly, the running game came alive in this one as Singleton looked quick bouncing runs outside. A bonus? Fellow freshman back Kaytron Allen looked capable too with seven touches for 45 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OhioPSU
PSU TD 6:45 Sean Clifford 1 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 0 7
PSU TD 2:28 Nicholas Singleton 70 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 0 14
Second Quarter OhioPSU
PSU SF 13:10 Team safety 0 16
PSU FG 5:14 Jake Pinegar 25 yd FG 0 19
Ohio TD 1:34 Sieh Bangura 1 yd run (Nathanial Vakos kick) 7 19
PSU TD 0:15 Mitchell Tinsley 7 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 7 26
Third Quarter OhioPSU
PSU TD 9:25 Omari Evans 32 yd pass from Drew Allar (Jake Pinegar kick) 7 33
PSU TD 4:33 Nicholas Singleton 44 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 7 40
Fourth Quarter OhioPSU
PSU TD 13:44 Khalil Dinkins 28 yd pass from Drew Allar (missed kick) 7 46
Ohio FG 6:50 Nathanial Vakos 21 yd FG 10 46
Team Stats
  Ohio Penn State
First downs 16 27
  Rushing 6 8
  Passing 9 17
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-15, 27% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 2-4, 50%
Rushes-Yards 26-99 34-234
Passing Yards 164 338
Return Yards 83 103
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-40-0 31-42-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--5 5--35
Punts 8 3
Punts-Average 35.4 49
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-35 4-35
Time of Possession 28:02 31:58
Ohio Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Rourke 14 30 119 0 0
P. Navarro 2 7 28 0 0
J. Jones 1 1 17 0 0
C. Harris 0 2 0 0 0
Penn State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Clifford 19 27 213 1 0
D. Allar 6 8 88 2 0
C. Veilleux 6 7 37 0 0
Ohio Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Rourke 5 29 5.8 0
P. Navarro 7 26 3.7 0
S. Bangura 7 25 3.6 1
N. McCormick 4 17 4.3 0
T. Toledo 1 5 5.0 0
C. Harris 1 1 1.0 0
W. Kacmarek 0 -1 -∞ 0
Penn State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Singleton 10 179 17.9 2
K. Allen 6 23 3.8 0
S. Clifford 8 14 1.8 1
T. Smith 2 14 7.0 0
D. Allar 5 11 2.2 0
K. Lee 1 0 0.0 0
T. Holzworth 1 0 0.0 0
C. Veilleux 1 -7 -7.0 0
Ohio Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Bangura 2 35 17.5 0
J. Bostic 3 31 10.3 0
S. Wiglusz 4 23 5.8 0
T. Walton 3 22 7.3 0
K. Rourke 1 17 17.0 0
N. McCormick 1 14 14.0 0
J. Jones 1 12 12.0 0
A. Burton 1 5 5.0 0
T. Foster 1 5 5.0 0
Penn State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Washington 4 60 15.0 0
H. Wallace III 4 35 8.8 0
O. Evans 2 30 15.0 1
K. Dinkins 1 28 28.0 1
M. Tinsley 3 27 9.0 1
K. Lambert-Smith 2 26 13.0 0
K. Allen 1 22 22.0 0
K. Saunders 2 21 10.5 0
T. Warren 1 16 16.0 0
J. Dottin 2 14 7.0 0
D. Ford 2 13 6.5 0
M. Meiga 2 12 6.0 0
L. Clifford 1 12 12.0 0
B. Strange 1 12 12.0 0
K. Lee 1 8 8.0 0
T. Smith 1 2 2.0 0
N. Singleton 1 0 0.0
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Ohio Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Penn State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ohio Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Wieland 7 266 38.0
J. Wilson 1 17 17.0
Penn State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Amor 3 147 49.0
Ohio Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Penn State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Washington 4 46 11.5
M. Wilson 1 1 1.0
Ohio Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Wilburn 2 35 17.5
S. Wiglusz 2 30 15.0
P. Cole 1 18 18.0
Penn State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Singleton 2 40 20.0
O. Evans 1 16 16.0
Ohio Missed FG
Player Length
Penn State Missed FG
Player Length
J. Pinegar 42




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