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ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 24: Penn State Nittany Lions head football coach James Franklin talks with the official after a targeting call was made on linebacker Brandon Smith #47 (not in photo) during the first quarter of the game at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Penn State […]

Pitt and Penn State meet on the gridiron for the 100th time at Beaver Stadium. The start time of the game was delayed 40 minutes due to severe weather.

The Panthers received the opening kickoff but went 3-and-out.

Penn State able to pick up a couple first downs but Pitt brings the pressure on the final two plays forcing the Nittany Lions to punt it away.

Pitt breaks open a big play on a screen pass from Kenny Pickett to A.J. Davis, moving the Panthers into Penn State territory, but the drive stalls and the Panthers have to punt it away.

Penn State starts back at its own 2 yard line, and on the third play, Journey Brown busts one for 85 yards into the red zone. On the next play, Clifford is intercepted, but pass interference on Pitt keeps the ball with Penn State. Two plays later, Devyn Ford punches it in for the touchdown. Penn State 7 Pitt 0 – 4:31 left in the 1st quarter. The Nittany Lion scoring drive consisted of 5 plays going 98 yards, lasting 2:02.

Pitt goes 3-and-out on the ensuing possession, but pins Penn State back to its own four yard line.

KJ Hamler rips off a 53 yard catch-and-run into Pitt territory, but the Nittany Lions stall and punt it back to the Panthers.

End of the first quarter: Penn State 7 Pitt 0. Penn State outgained Pitt 172-66.

Pitt goes on its best drive of the day, moving the ball from its own 8 into Penn State territory. Panthers convert and 4th and 4 from the Penn State 40. Kenny Pickett looking very sharp, going 12-13 on the drive but on third and goal from the 2, Penn State stuffs out a wide receiver screen. Pitt kicks a 24 yard field goal. Penn State 7 Pitt 3. Panther scoring drive went 18 plays, 85 yards, taking 9:15 off the clock.

Penn State goes 3-and-out. Pitt proceeds to move the ball down the field for the second consecutive drive and the Panthers punch it in from a couple yards out. Pitt 10 Penn State 7. Kenny Pickett has picked it up after a very slow start.

Penn State finally gets the offense moving with Ricky Slade, but Clifford gets sacked on 3rd down, pushing the Nittany Lions back to the 40. However, Jordan Stout, the transfer from Virginia Tech booms a 57 yard field goal, a school-record. Penn State 10 Pitt 10. Halftime.

THIRD QUARTER

After trading punts, Penn State puts together a drive. Running back Noah Cain will finish it off with a 13-yard touchdown putting Penn State up 17-10. The scoring drive went 88 yards over 13 plays.

The two teams would trade punts again. Penn State would stay ahead 17-10 heading into the fourth quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER

Pittsburgh faces a fourth and 1 and lines up in a run-heavy formation. Pickett runs play-action and completes a 36-yard pass to Nakia Griffin-Stewart for the first down. The play puts Pitt at Penn State’s 21 yard line.

Pitt would complete a pass to the 1 yard line soon after. Penn State would pull off the goal line stand. Pitt would miss the 19-yard field goal and Penn State hangs on to the lead 17-10.

Pitt would get the ball back with 1:56 left on the clock down by 7 on the 16 yard line. The Panthers will have to drive 84 yards to tie the game.

Pitt had one last chance to score from the 26-yard line. Pickett lofts a pass up and it is batted away by Penn State.

Penn State wins a close one 17-10.

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