GAMEDAY College Football

Penn State 28, Auburn 20

By TRAVIS JOHNSON
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Jaquan Brisker broke up a desperation pass toward the end zone by Auburn's Bo Nix as time expired and No. 10 Penn State held on to beat No. 22 Auburn 28-20.

Sean Clifford completed 28 of 32 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns as Penn State (3-0) welcomed back its white out crowd to Beaver Stadium for a rare visit from a Southeastern Conference teams.

Jahan Dotson added 10 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, tight end Brenton Strange caught a touchdown and tight end Tyler Warren and Noah Cain ran for scores to help the Nittany Lions beat an SEC opponent for the first time since.

Penn State had to make two late defensive stand to make the lead hold. First, they kept Auburn (2-1) out of the end zone after a first-and-goal at the 10. An incomplete fade from the 2 on fourth down with 3:08 left gave Penn State the ball back, but the Nittany Lions could not run out the whole clock.

Auburn managed to get to the Penn State 23 with 3 seconds left. Nix fired deep down the middle but Brisker cut in front Demetris Robertson a few steps in front of the goal line and knocked it down.

Tank Bigsby scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Anders Carlson added two field goals for the Tigers, who lost their 10th straight road game to a top-10 team since 2014.

Penn State had no white out last year because the pandemic meant no fans. The Nittany Lions broke it out early this season for Auburn's first trip to a Big Ten stadium since 1931 against Wisconsin.

A sea of white with specks of Auburn orange was hyped throughout, pom poms waving and singing along to "Sweet Caroline" to start the fourth quarter.

Despite the raucous atmosphere with more than 109,000 fans, the Tigers never looked rattled and the first game regular-season game on campus between Big Ten and SEC since 2011 must have had a lot of fans asking for more just like it.

Bisgby ran for 102 hard yards and Nix was 21 for 37 for 185 yards and no turnovers in the first real test under first-year coach Bryan Harsin, hired away from Boise State in the offseason.

Maybe one time, Auburn looked out of whack.

The Tigers' opted for a wideout option pass to open the third quarter.

Kobe Hudson, looking to throw, was hit by multiple defenders and fumbled to Penn State's Derrick Tangelo. The Nittany Lions needed just four plays to take a 21-10 lead. Warren scored from two yards out on a direct snap.

The Tigers mounted their longest drive of the night after that, a 15-play, 75-yard trek that ended when Bigsby beat the defense around the right edge for a 6-yard score.

After his defense made a fourth-down stop at midfield, Carlson cut Penn State's lead to 21-20 with a 43-yard field goal with 14:55 left when Harsin passed on going on fourth-and-1.

But Penn State took over from there.

Cain made it 28-20 when he took a delayed handoff up the middle for 3 yards midway through the fourth.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AuburnPSU
Auburn FG 9:37 Anders Carlson 45 yd FG 3 0
PSU TD 2:24 Jahan Dotson 4 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jordan Stout kick) 3 7
Second Quarter AuburnPSU
Auburn TD 12:28 Tank Bigsby 4 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 10 7
PSU TD 1:23 Brenton Strange 2 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jordan Stout kick) 10 14
Third Quarter AuburnPSU
PSU TD 13:06 Tyler Warren 2 yd run (Jordan Stout kick) 10 21
Auburn TD 5:52 Tank Bigsby 6 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 17 21
Fourth Quarter AuburnPSU
Auburn FG 14:55 Anders Carlson 43 yd FG 20 21
PSU TD 10:48 Noah Cain 3 yd run (Jordan Stout kick) 20 28
Team Stats
  Auburn Penn State
First downs 24 22
  Rushing 10 5
  Passing 12 15
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 10-17, 59% 5-10, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 40-182 33-94
Passing Yards 185 302
Return Yards 12 48
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-39-0 29-33-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 4 4
Punts-Average 48.5 50
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 6-45 5-35
Time of Possession 31:42 28:18
Auburn Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Nix 21 37 185 0 0
Penn State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Clifford 28 32 280 2 1
J. Dotson 1 1 22 0 0
Auburn Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Bigsby 23 102 4.4 2
J. Hunter 9 63 7.0 0
B. Nix 6 29 4.8 0
K. Hudson 1 -10 -10.0 0
Penn State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Cain 19 45 2.4 1
S. Clifford 5 24 4.8 0
K. Lee 2 15 7.5 0
J. Lovett 2 9 4.5 0
T. Warren 2 1 0.5 1
P. Mustipher 1 0 0.0 0
J. Dotson 1 -2 -2.0 0
Auburn Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Hudson 4 66 16.5 0
J. Samuel Shenker 5 62 12.4 0
D. Robertson 5 23 4.6 0
M. Johnson Jr. 1 14 14.0 0
J. Hunter 2 10 5.0 0
S. Jackson 2 6 3.0 0
J. Johnson 1 3 3.0 0
T. Bigsby 1 1 1.0 0
Penn State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Dotson 10 78 7.8 1
B. Strange 4 71 17.8 1
P. Washington 8 49 6.1 0
T. Johnson 1 37 37.0 0
K. Lambert-Smith 4 27 6.8 0
T. Warren 1 22 22.0 0
J. Lovett 1 18 18.0 0
Auburn Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. McCreary 1 0
Penn State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Auburn Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Chapman 4 194 48.5
Penn State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Stout 4 200 50.0
Auburn Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Robertson 1 12 12.0
Penn State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Dotson 1 16 16.0
Auburn Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Penn State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Ford 1 17 17.0
J. Lovett 1 15 15.0
Auburn Missed FG
Player Length
Penn State Missed FG
Player Length




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