Hoo boy that was not easy. That was stressful. That was, at times, not fun. However, most important of all, that was a Penn State victory.
It was never easy, but the Nittany Lions defeated the Michigan Wolverines in front of 110,669 White Out fans on Saturday night 28-21. With the win, the Nittany Lions are now 7-0 overall this season and 4-0 in Big Ten play. Penn State will now be heavy favorites in their next three games and all sights are set upon a battle with Ohio State in the weekend before Thanksgiving.
As is always the case, Twitter was alive and well during Penn State’s victory. Now, let’s take a dive into Twitter to see what the wild and wonderful site had to say about the Nittany Lions’ 28-21 victory over Michigan.
Even before the game Twitter was buzzing. Penn State fans were taking to Twitter to talk about their tailgating experiences and the White Out. This included former players Miles Sanders, Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley chiming in.
Nothing like it.... and we didn’t even kickoff yet!!! https://t.co/KoaDnRVLvQ— Saquon Barkley (@saquon) October 19, 2019
No better atmosphere in sports! https://t.co/grTYq1TTwt— Trace McSorley (@McSorley_IX) October 19, 2019
The stadium in all white at night is such a beautiful sight to behold ❤️— D (@dkdmac) October 19, 2019
Nothing better in college football then a penn state whiteout! And being in the top 10 makes it even more exciting! Game time, let’s go psu! #WeAre— Matt Keeler (@mkeeler16) October 19, 2019
Some of the Penn State FEF alumni and family tailgating. pic.twitter.com/RRVXzQTskU— FEF (@FEF_INC) October 19, 2019
Penn state tailgating is second to none. Even if not a fan, put happy valley on your college football bucket list. Go get some creamery ice cream and enjoy one of the best scenes in sports.— The Last Boy Scout. (@psutitan) October 19, 2019
Early on in the victory the Penn State offense was humming. This offensive attack was led by quarterback Sean Clifford. When consdiering he was facing a Don Brown defense on primetime, Cliff’s first half was, by far, the best half of football he has played with Penn State as he made NFL level throws and was dropping dimes.
SEAN CLIFSCORED— Jeremy Reeder (@TheJeremyReeder) October 20, 2019
sean clifford. that’s the tweet.— hanna (@hannagiewont) October 20, 2019
Sean Clifford with back-to-back perfect throws on that drive— Ben Ferree (@BFerree_) October 20, 2019
I think he's found the deep ball that's been missing so far this season
Sean Clifford throwing DIMES— Kevin Cook (@kevnatecook) October 20, 2019
Sean Clifford threw some dimes on that drive— The Marathon Continues (@EyelessSilas) October 20, 2019
While he struggled in the 3rd quarter, it was still a good game for the Nittany Lion signal caller. Cliff finished the game 14-for-25 for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also carried the ball, sacks included, 11 times for 17 yard and a score.
It was another good night for the Penn State defense. Leading the way was linebacker Micah Parsons.
Micah Parsons is beast mode TONIGHT!— George Remaily (@GeorgeRemaily) October 20, 2019
I ❤️ you Micah Parsons— Pete Mangano (@PJMango) October 20, 2019
MICAH— (@j_a155) October 20, 2019
Damn Micah Parsons speed is crazy— Cartier Benjamin™✊ (@BiGgAdEnDaMaYoR) October 19, 2019
Micah Parsons is that dude— ♂️ (@boxmannn1) October 19, 2019
Micah Parsons is a violent dude.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) October 19, 2019
Micah Parsons size and speed isn’t fair— Jdub Williams (@Jdub1372) October 19, 2019
Micah parsons is gonna hurt someone this game— Trevor Thomas (@TrevorThomas22) October 19, 2019
The sophomore linebacker finished the game with 14 tackles and a pass break up. He also blew up multiple plays throughout the night.
It was also a good night for Penn State cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields. Despite a pass interference penalty, TCF was a catalyst for the Penn State defense.
Tariq Castro-Fields is not your typical run defender at CB. He attacks downhill like a strong safety.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) October 19, 2019
TCF INTERCEPTED A SCREEN PASS— derek (@soju_warrior) October 20, 2019
Shaka Toney, Tariq Castro-Fields, and Micah Parsons have been killing it— WHITEOUT SZN (@emp1reofdirt) October 20, 2019
Continuing his all-conference caliber season TCF had 8 tackles and a pas break up. The Maryland native also intercepted Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson.
Speaking of Patterson...it was not a good night for him. As a result of his bad game, Twitter slammed Patterson.
I don’t know who’s worse. Jim Harbaugh as a coach, or Shea Patterson as QB.— #GoBucks (@Buckeyefanohio7) October 20, 2019
Throw the whole team away
Shea Patterson is poo. Smfh.— AJ Harris (@AJTheManChild) October 20, 2019
Despite being a 5-star recruit out of high school, Patterson has underwhelmed at Michigan. That continues on Saturday night.
Speaking of 5-star talents, Ricky Slade finally flashed his on Saturday night. Slade had a team leading 48 rushing yards on Saurday night. This included a 44 yard run that hlped set up a Nittany Lion touchdown.
Perhaps Ricky Slade's best run of his collegiate career.— Songbird Rescue Cat (@makarov__) October 20, 2019
Welcome back Ricky Slade— Matt Morgan (@MetroMattMorgan) October 20, 2019
Ricky Slade put all he had into that 44-yard run. Longest run of the season for him.— Elton Hayes (@EHDC12) October 20, 2019
In addition to Slade, it was a big night for wide receiver KJ Hamler. Hamler finished with 6 receptions for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hamler had a 101 yard kick return TD called back due to a holding as well.
KJ hamler is elite— Javie Ybarra (@JavieYbarra5) October 20, 2019
THANK GOD FOR KJ HAMLER— Sean Flanery (@Sean_Flanery) October 20, 2019
KJJJJJJJ!!!!!!— Steve Boyle (@Big_Baby_Steve) October 20, 2019
THAT BOY GOOD!!!— Saquon Barkley (@saquon) October 20, 2019
Maybe most importantly Hamler had 2 carries for 6 yards. Why was this important? Because Hamler got the carry to pick up the final first down of the game to ice it away for the Nittany Lions.
KJ Hamler is something else.— Dan Kane (@DanKanes) October 20, 2019
KJ Hamler is tough as nails.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) October 20, 2019
One of the weaknesses of modern Heisman voting is how little attention will be paid to KJ Hamler, who might be the best player in college football. Because of stats.— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) October 20, 2019
Outside of Michigan scoring a touchdown on back-to-back drives late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, the Penn State defense was excellent on Saturday night. And, when the Nittany Lions needed Brent Pry’s group most, they rose to the occasion and stopped Michigan’s offense on their final drive.
They scared of them wild dogs— Deion Barnes (@DBarnes_18) October 20, 2019
Penn State has some grown ass men on defense!! & that’s coming from a MD Terp fan!!— Chris Windlan (@cdubbs20) October 20, 2019
Penn State's defense ain't playin with these fools.— TERI (@terilyns68) October 20, 2019
This defense is amped up.— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) October 20, 2019
Wow this Penn State defense is tough. Probably have so much adrenaline with that white out night game. They’re running around like they are on fire.— OCHO (@ochoniko) October 20, 2019
Helping to lead the way up front for the Penn State defense was defensive end Shaka Toney. The redshirt junior was routinely blowing up plays in a 7 tackle, a .5 TFL and a quarterback hurry performance. He was also called for a S-A-W-F-T taunting call following TCF’s interception, but at least this taunting led to some awesome GIFs.
Shaka Toney - B1G Defensive Player of the Year— ValEerie Heruska (@ValerieHeruska) October 20, 2019
Shaka showing y’all he don’t just pass rush— Deion Barnes (@DBarnes_18) October 20, 2019
Shaka Toney double gunning in the QB’s face is the taunt to end all taunts— Alexis Kejas (@alexis_kejas) October 20, 2019
Penn State is now 7-0. Michigan State.... you’re next!