Final: No. 8 Penn State falls to Indiana in overtime thriller

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BLOOMINGTON – Penn State took an overtime loss to Indiana to open the 2020 football season 36-35. Indiana went for two in overtime to win the game. After an official review, Indiana scored its two-point conversion by a matter of centimeters on a run by quarterback Michael Penix Jr.

Below is a live blog of the game.

First Quarter

Indiana won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Penn State received the opening kickoff.

Penn State would drive down the field on its opening possession. Penn State would be stuffed on a run play on 3rd and goal from the 2 yard line setting up a 4th and goal try.

Sean Clifford would hit Pat Freiermuth on a play-action pop pass for a wide open 2-yard touchdown.

Penn State leads 7-0. Drive: 13 plays, 64 yards, 7:01

Freiermuth’s touchdown set a school record for most TD receptions for a tight end with 16:


Note: Penn State running back Noah Cain has not entered the game since Penn State’s opening drive. He tripped to the locker room with the trainers The Athletic’s Audrey Snyder:

Later in the first quarter, Penn State’s Jahan Dotson is tripped by another Penn State player while trying to field a punt. The ball hits his hands and becomes a live ball. Indiana would recover the live ball.

The officials would take a replay look at the recovery. The officials would rule the Indiana player went out of bounds before coming back in bounds and recovering the fumble. The play would result in a 5-yard penalty for Indiana and another punt. Penn State avoids a turnover.

In the ensuing drive, Sean Clifford would overthrow running back Devyn Ford on a screen pass. The pass would be intercepted by Indiana’s Jaylin Williams. The turnover would give the Hoosiers a short field starting at the Penn State 38 yard line.

Penn State holds on to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter with Indiana driving.

Second Quarter

Indiana’s drive would stall and the Hoosiers would settle for a field goal. Indiana’s Charles Campbell would hit a 34-yard field goal. Penn State still leads 7-3.

Indiana would force a turnover on downs and take over. Running back Stevie Scott III would score Indiana’s first touchdown on a 14-yard run. Indiana takes the 10-7 lead. Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards, 2:02.

On the ensuing kickoff, Penn State would have a miscue. Lamont Wade would fumble the kickoff and only make it to the five yard line. Penn State would start the drive backed up – needing to go 95 yards for a touchdown.

Sean Clifford would be intercepted on a 3rd and 10 by Indiana’s Jamar Johnson. Indiana would get the ball to start the drive with a first and goal from the 5 yard line. It is Clifford’s second interception of the half.

Stevie Scott would punch in Indiana’s second touchdown of the game. Indiana takes the 17-7 lead.

Penn State would show some life before half. The team would drive to the 6 yard line. Backup quarterback Will Levis would come into the game and fumble on an exchange with the running back. Indiana would recover. It is Penn State’s third turnover of the half.

Right as it looked like Indiana would run the clock out, Stevie Scott fumbles the carry, Lamont Wade would recover with 2 seconds left on the game clock before half. This would set up a field goal try for Penn State as time expires.

Penn State gets a gift in the turnover.

BUT Jake Pinegar would nail the 25-yard field goal off the left upright. The field goal is no good! Penn State trails Indiana 17-7 at half.

Third Quarter

Indiana would receive the opening kickoff in the third quarter. The Penn State defense would hold and force a turnover on downs.

Penn State would put together a long drive in the third quarter. Facing a 3rd down and 24 on the Indiana 30, Clifford’s pass would be incomplete to Daniel George. Clifford was hit as he threw the ball.

This set up a field goal attempt by Jake Pinegar. Pinegar would miss the 48-yard field goal for his second miss of the day. Penn State had a 15-play drive that went 54 yards. The Nittany Lions could not get points out of it. Penn State still trails 17-7.

On the ensuing drive, Indiana would give it right back to Penn State. Michael Penix Jr. would be intercepted by Lamont Wade at the Penn State 43.

Penn State would get back-to-back penalties on its next offensive drive. Sean Clifford would pull off a miraculous touchdown run on a 2nd and 16. Clifford dodged defenders for a 35-yard touchdown run.

Penn State trails 17-14 after the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Indiana would start a consistent drive. It looked like Indiana wide receiver Miles Marshall fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Penn State. After video review, Penn State linebacker Jesse Luketa is ejected for targeting. The penalty gives the ball back to Indiana and Luketa is out for the rest of the game and the first half of the Ohio State game in week two.

Indiana’s drive would end in a 49-yard field goal by Charles Campbell. Indiana leads 20-14.

Penn State would drive to the Indiana 30-yard line. On a 4th and 1, freshman running back Coziah Holmes is stuffed and Indiana would take over. Penn State still trails 20-14 with 4:55 left in the game.

Penn State would get the ball back with 3:14 left in the game hoping to put together a game-winning drive.

Sean Clifford would hit Jahan Dotson for a 60-yard bomb. Penn State takes the lead 21-20 with 2:30 left on the clock.

Indiana would get its chance to put together a game-winning drive. Shaka Toney would get back-to-back sacks on first and second down.

Indiana would have a 4th and 21 deep in its own territory. Indiana would throw a deep ball and it would be well defended by Trent Gordon and Lamont Wade.

Penn State will take over on downs on the Indiana 14-yard line. Indiana would purposefully allow a touchdown to Devyn Ford. Penn State takes a 28-20 lead. Indiana will take over down by 8 with 1:42 left.

Indiana would drive down to the Penn State 6 yard line for a first and goal. Michael Penix would complete a pass to his tight end at the 1 yard line with 27 seconds left. Penix would run a quarterback sneak for a touchdown. Penn State leads 28-26 with a two-point conversion pending.

Penix would run a quarterback draw to tie the game up at 28 with 22 seconds left.

Indiana kicks the kickoff short and Penn State recovers on the Indiana 49 yard line. Penn State gets it to the 40-yard line with 11 seconds left.

Jordan Stout would set up for a game-winning 57-yard field goal.

Stout would miss the field goal with 3 seconds left. Indiana takes a knee and we go to overtime.


Penn State’s Clifford would throw a touchdown pass to true freshman Parker Washington for a 9-yard touchdown. Indiana would get its chance to score a touchdown and send it to a second overtime.

On a third and goal, Penix would complete a touchdown pass to Whop Philyor for a touchdown. Indiana would choose to go for two to win the game.

Penix would dive for the pylon for the score. The play is under further review.

The officials look at whether the ball broke the plane of the goal line before going out of bounds.

The ruling on the field stands. No. 8 Penn State falls to Indiana by a matter of centimeters 36-35.

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