Final: Penn State comeback falls short at Nebraska

Nittany Nation

Penn State kicks off against Nebraska Saturday at Noon (ET) televised on Fox Sports 1.

You can find live updates on this story as the game unfolds.

First Quarter

Nebraska would receive the opening kickoff. Freshman quarterback Luke McCaffrey got the start for the Huskers. He would lead the offense down the field on an 11-play, 75-yard, drive. After it looked like Penn State’s defense had recovered a fumble on the one-yard line, the officials overturned the call after a video review. The runner was down at the one-yard line before fumbling.

Nebraska would pick up posession at the one-yard line. McCaffrey pushed forward for a quarterback sneak to give the Huskers a 7-0 lead.

On Penn State’s first offensive possession, the Nittany Lions would pick up two first downs before a turnover. Sean Clifford would throw an interception to Cam Taylor-Britt. He would return the interception 55 yards down to the 15-yard line.

Nebraska would take over with a short field. Nebraska would throw an incompletion in the end zone to a wide open Cade Warner. The Huskers would settle for a 22-yard field goal. Nebraska leads 10-0 with 6:14 left in the first quarter.

Penn State would start to pick up first downs and move the ball on the following drive. The Nittany Lions would get inside the Red Zone and would settle for a field goal. Jake Pinegar would hit a 33-yard field goal and Penn State trails 10-3.

Second Quarter

After a rare Jordan Stout kickoff out of bounds, Nebraska would start its next drive on the 35-yard line. Linebacker Brandon Smith would be penalized with a personal foul for a late hit. The next play, Zavier Betts would take a jet sweep 45 yards for a touchdown. Penn State trails 17-3.

Penn State would have another turnover-ridden first half. Sean Clifford would be strip-sacked by safety Deontai Williams who picked up his own fumble. Williams would return it 26 yards for a touchdown. Penn State now trails 24-3.

Will Levis would take over the Penn State offense for quarterback Sean Clifford. Levis would lead Penn State down the field, but the drive would once again stall in the red zone. Jake Pinegar would hit a 40-yard field goal. Penn State trails 24-6.

The Penn State defense would force its first punt of the game and Levis would take over on the Penn State 9 yard line. The Nittany Lions would then punt with 1:50 left in the first half. Jordan Stout’s punt is short and Cam Taylor-Britt would return the punt to the Penn State 42-yard line.

Nebraska would take over with 1:39 left in the first half. The Huskers would have enough time to move the ball into the Red Zone again and attempt a field goal before the break.

Connor Culp would hit a 25-yard field goal and Penn State would trail 27-6 at halftime.

Third Quarter

Penn State would receive the opening kickoff in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions would attempt a 56-yard field goal. Jordan Stout’s kick was short and returned by Cam Taylor-Britt to the Nebraska 34 yard line. Penn State’s defense would force another punt so the Lions get it right back.

Levis would lead Penn State on its first touchdown drive. Keyvone Lee would run free and clear for a 31-yard touchdown – the first of his career at Penn State. Penn State trails 27-13.

Penn State starts showing signs of life forcing another Nebraska punt on the next drive. The Penn State defense would reach the Nebraska 7-yard line and stall after a sack on third and goal.

Jake Pinegar would hit his third field goal of the day with a 27-yard field goal. Penn State still trails 27-13.

Fourth Quarter

Nebraska would finish its next drive to start the fourth quarter. The Penn State defense had some life and held the Huskers to a 30-yard field goal. Nebraska leads 30-13.

The Penn State offense finally shows an explosive play. Will Levis hit a wide open Pat Freiermuth for a 74-yard gain down at the Nebraska one-yard line. Devyn Ford would cap the drive with a one-yard touchdown. Penn State trails 30-23.

Penn State is riding a wave of momentum. With 7:39 left in the fourth quarter, linebacker Brandon Smith picks off Nebraska quarterback Luke McCaffrey. Penn State forces its first turnover of the game and takes over on the Nebraska 48-yard line.

Levis would convert a 4th and 5 to KeAndre Lambert-Smith for a key first down in the next drive. Penn State would have another 4th down try on the Nebraska 11 yard line. On a 4th-and-10 try, Levis’ pass would fall incomplete to Freiermuth. Nebraska takes over on its own 11 yard line with 3:37 left in the game.

Penn State would force a three-and-out on the next possession. Penn State has 2:34 to drive down the field to tie the game from its own 31-yard line.

Penn State would get the ball moving on a possible game-saving drive. Levis would complete some important passes to freshman Parker Washington and drive down to the Nebraska nine-yard line for a first and goal.

Levis would be sacked and Penn State would have to take its final timeout with 37 seconds left. Penn State faces a 4th and goal from the 13-yard line. Penn State needs a touchdown to save the game.

Nebraska’s Ben Stille would get a sack on Penn State’s final offensive play. Nebraska would take over on downs to seal the game.

Penn State will drop to 0-4 on the season with a 30-23 loss at Nebraska.

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