Photos by Tim Weight
Courtesy of GoPSU Athletics
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 16/16 Penn State football team (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) defeated Minnesota (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten), 45-17, Saturday night in front of a raucous Penn State White Out crowd of 109,813 fans.
Sean Clifford threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns, while Nicholas Singleton led the rushing attack with 79 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and Kaytron Allen notched 77 yards. Wide receiver Parker Washington recorded seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, and tight end Theo Johnson collected 75 yards and a touchdown on five catches.
The Nittany Lion defense stifled the Golden Gophers in the first half, forcing Minnesota to an 0-for-6 start on third downs and 2-for-13 overall on the game. The Gophers entered the game leading FBS in third down conversion percentage (66.2%). The Penn State White Out crowd made its mark on the game, as the Golden Gophers were called for five false start penalties before the break.
Curtis Jacobs recorded a career-high 14 tackles (7 solo), including two for a loss. Ji’Ayir Brown had an interception and seven tackles.
Both sides of the ball excelled after halftime, as Penn State outscored Minnesota, 28-7, in the last two quarters. The Nittany Lions racked up touchdowns on each of their first four drives of the half and finished the game with 479 yards.
The 2022 Penn State football season is presented by PSECU.