Citrus Bowl: Penn State falls to Kentucky

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Penn State falls in the Citrus Bowl

Penn State and Kentucky squaring off in the 2019 Citrus Bowl. Both teams looking for their 10th win of the season. It would be Penn State’s 3rd consecutive double-digit win season, first time since joining the Big Ten.

1st Quarter:

Penn State goes three and out to start the game, then fails on a fake punt. Kentucky though can only move it for one first down and settle for a field goal. 3-0 Kentucky.

Penn State goes three and out again but Blake Gilliken unloads a 71 yard punt to put Kentucky at its own 1 yard line.

Penn State forces a three and out and will now start near midfield.

Penn State moves the ball on their ensuing drive, including a big fourth down conversion by Miles Sanders. However, Jake Pinegar misses wide right from 40 yards and Penn State still trails 3-0 in the 1st quarter.

Deandre Thompkins lets a punt go over his head, Penn State starts deep, and proceeds to go three and out. Lynn Bowden Jr. takes the ensuing punt back 58 yards for a TD. 10-0 Kentucky. Penn State special teams so far: failed fake punt, missed FG, punt return TD given up.

End 1st Quarter: Kentucky 10 Penn State 0. Total Yards: Penn State 69 Kentucky 39.

2nd Quarter

Penn State answers with a statement drive. Trace McSorley to Nick Bowers from a yard out. Penn State cuts the lead to 10-7. Big play on the drive was a swing pass to KJ Hamler, the speedy freshman, for 41 yards.

Penn State gets a stop on the ensuing drive with Altoona native Kevin Givens getting the sack on third down to force a Kentucky punt. Yetur Gross-Matos drawing a big crowd on the defensive line opening up Givens for the sack.

Defenses have really clamped down in this game, not a lot of big plays. Trace McSorley poked in the eye, had to come out for one play. Sean Clifford threw his first incomplete pass of the season (was 3-3).

Penn State gets the ball back near midfield with less than 3 minutes to go, and Penn State moves it deep into Kentucky territory. Jake Pinegar 35 yard field goal is blocked and Kentucky still holds a 10-7 lead with less than a minute till halfitme. So, that’s a blocked field goal, missed field goal, punt return given up for TD, and a failed fake punt for Penn State special teams.

Kentucky 10 Penn State 7. Halftime. Trace McSorley 7-17, 93 yards and a TD, 10 carries 43 yards. Penn State outgains Kentucky 176-87

3rd Quarter

Kentucky moves the ball deep into Penn State territory on the opening drive, Cam Brown is ejected for targeting on the drive. Benny Snell polishes off the drive with a 2 yard TD run. Kentucky leads 17-7 with 12:38 left in the 3rd quarter.

Trace McSorley is currently not in the game. ESPNs Laura Rutledge reports McSorley was cleared to go back in the game but threw his helmet prior to going out on the field, and is limping around. Sean Clifford reenters the game.

Kentucky adds a field goal with less than 4 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. Kentucky leads 20-7.

McSorley returns to the game but is picked off on the ensuing drive. Kentucky then goes big play as Lynn Bowden burns the Penn State defense for a big play. Kentucky in the red zone. Benny Snell goes in again from 12 yards out. Kentucky pouring it on, 27-7 now as the third quarter winds down.

End 3rd Quarter. Kentucky 27 Penn State 7

4th Quarter

Penn State showing some fight to start the final quarter. McSorley caps off a drive with a 1 yard TD run. Big play McSorley to Thompkins 30 yards. Kentucky 27 Penn State 14.

McSorley ties Drew Brees for 2nd most TDs responsible for with 106 in Big Ten history.

Penn State forces a punt and then McSorley gets Penn State going again. Hits Jahan Dotson for a big third down conversion, then hits Pat Freiermuth for the TD. It’s 27-21 Kentucky with 9 minutes to play. Here we go!

Kevin Givens records his second sack of the game. Penn State forces a three and out again and will get the ball back down 6 with about 7:40 to go in the game.

Penn State moving it once again. Big play on 3rd and 10. Miles Sanders rumbles into the redzone. Penn State settles for a field goal. 27-24 Kentucky.

Kentucky runs out the clock. Penn State falls 27-24 to finish the year 9-4.

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