GAMEDAY College Football

Penn State 41, Auburn 12

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

By JUSTIN FERGUSON
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. - Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen combined for 176 rushing yards and four touchdowns as No. 22 Penn State cruised to a 41-12 win at Auburn.

The Nittany Lions' freshman running backs were instrumental in the red zone. Penn State (3-0) scored touchdowns on each of its first four trips inside the 20-yard line. Quarterback Sean Clifford passed for 178 yards.

The Penn State defense forced four turnovers by Auburn (2-1) and also held Tigers star running back Tank Bigsby to 39 rushing yards.

Penn State led by one point late in the second quarter before Allen scored his first of two touchdowns. After Auburn opened the third quarter with a three-and-out, Singleton broke a 54-yard run and found the end zone two plays later.

The Nittany Lions scored 20 points in the second half to pull away for the comfortable win in what was the first game against a Big Ten opponent for Auburn inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

THE TAKEAWAY

Penn State: The Nittany Lions dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, which is a major step forward for James Franklin's program. Penn State still has time to grow, too, considering the number of newcomers who are playing key roles so far this season.

Auburn: The pressure on Bryan Harsin will only increase after this loss, which was Auburn's fifth straight to a Power Five team. On top of the four turnovers, the Tigers' offense was unable to establish a consistent rushing attack and allowed a large amount of pressure in the passing game.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PSUAuburn
Auburn FG 8:20 Anders Carlson 31 yd FG 0 3
PSU TD 4:21 Sean Clifford 7 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 7 3
Second Quarter PSUAuburn
Auburn FG 6:59 Anders Carlson 22 yd FG 7 6
PSU TD 1:46 Kaytron Allen 3 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 14 6
Third Quarter PSUAuburn
PSU TD 12:16 Nicholas Singleton 1 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 21 6
PSU FG 9:27 Jake Pinegar 48 yd FG 24 6
PSU TD 1:07 Kaytron Allen 6 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 31 6
Fourth Quarter PSUAuburn
Auburn TD 14:27 Jarquez Hunter 22 yd pass from Robby Ashford (failed 2pt rush) 31 12
PSU TD 12:03 Nicholas Singleton 54 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 38 12
PSU FG 5:21 Jake Pinegar 22 yd FG 41 12
Team Stats
  Penn State Auburn
First downs 19 23
  Rushing 8 8
  Passing 10 14
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-11, 45% 5-14, 36%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 39-245 36-119
Passing Yards 232 296
Return Yards 57 98
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-23-0 21-38-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 6--41
Punts 3 3
Punts-Average 43 42
Fumbles Lost 2-0 3-2
Penalties - Yards 9-80 7-61
Time of Possession 30:22 29:38
Penn State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Clifford 14 19 178 0 0
D. Allar 2 2 29 0 0
K. Lambert-Smith 1 1 25 0 0
C. Veilleux 0 1 0 0 0
Auburn Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Finley 11 19 152 0 1
R. Ashford 10 19 144 1 1
Penn State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Singleton 10 124 12.4 2
K. Allen 9 52 5.8 2
D. Ford 7 37 5.3 0
K. Lee 4 18 4.5 0
S. Clifford 6 15 2.5 1
C. Veilleux 1 3 3.0 0
Auburn Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Bigsby 9 39 4.3 0
R. Ashford 11 29 2.6 0
T. Finley 9 21 2.3 0
J. Hunter 5 16 3.2 0
S. Jackson 1 12 12.0 0
D. Alston 1 2 2.0 0
Penn State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Strange 6 80 13.3 0
P. Washington 4 58 14.5 0
M. Tinsley 3 47 15.7 0
S. Clifford 1 25 25.0 0
K. Lambert-Smith 2 16 8.0 0
D. Ford 1 6 6.0 0
Auburn Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Jackson 4 76 19.0 0
J. Johnson 6 73 12.2 0
T. Bigsby 2 38 19.0 0
J. Hunter 3 37 12.3 1
M. Johnson Jr. 2 28 14.0 0
L. King 1 24 24.0 0
K. Moore 1 13 13.0 0
T. Fromm 1 5 5.0 0
J. Shenker 1 2 2.0 0
Penn State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Brown 1 27
Z. Wheatley 1 0
Auburn Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Penn State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Amor 3 129 43.0
Auburn Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Chapman 3 126 42.0
Penn State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Auburn Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Scott 2 20 10.0
Penn State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Singleton 1 30 30.0
Auburn Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hunter 4 78 19.5
Penn State Missed FG
Player Length
Auburn Missed FG
Player Length




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