The always calm, cool, and collected members of Penn State Twitter had their fair share of takes during Saturday night’s affair. So, what did Twitter have to say about the Nittany Lions 32 point victory? Let’s take a look!
The star of the night for Penn State was quarterback Sean Clifford. In his second career start, Clifford went 16/22 for a career high 280 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Absolute DIME from Clifford— Tony Pearsol (@ToeKneeP18) September 8, 2019
Sean Clifford. Pretty good— Brooks #KK7 (@bantill45) September 8, 2019
Clifford’s rainbow passes are a thing of beauty— Kaitlyn Dividock (@kaitdivi) September 8, 2019
Clifford for Heisman!— MaTt (@MattHylen007) September 8, 2019
Really liking Clifford. Lots of potential.— Ron Lewis (@R_Lewis7) September 8, 2019
Man, Clifford was impressive tonight— David (@DBFJR5) September 8, 2019
Clifford also chipped in with his legs. He was the team’s leading rusher with 51 yards, although this number was greatly distorted due to sacks. This included a vital 58 yard scoot down the sideline in the 3rd quarter as Penn State started to put the game away.
Sean Clifford wheels— dennis (@hischierpls) September 8, 2019
Clifford with the wheels.— Corey (@Black_And_Gold7) September 8, 2019
Another star that shined bright for the Nittany Lions was sophomore wide receiver Jahan Dotson. The Pennsylvania native caught 4 passes for 109 yards and his first two career touchdowns. This effort did not go unnoticed on Twitter.
JAHAN TDotson— Jeremy Reeder (@TheJeremyReeder) September 7, 2019
When Jahan Dotson catches a 26-yard touchdown pass on second down pic.twitter.com/sBb6JSKnHL— Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) September 7, 2019
Jahan. Dotson.— Jeremy Scott (@jscoot1130) September 8, 2019
JAHAN DOTSON!!!!! 2nd TD!!!— A.Rife15 (@RiffRaf15) September 8, 2019
In addition to catching his first two career touchdowns, this was Dotson’s first career 100 yard game as well. If Dotson can continue to emerge as a threat on the outside it will go a long way toward fixing a Penn State passing attack that finished last season.
Speaking of wide receivers, KJ Hamler had another strong game for the Nittany Lions. Despite a crucial drop late in the first half, the redshirt sophomore finished with 3 catches for 62 yards.
KJ Hamler creating space. He's going to be fun to watch this season— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 8, 2019
Nasty double move from KJ Hamler combined with the pump fake from Clifford. Good Job by Hamler to come back to the ball and secure the big gain— Evan Patrick (@evan7patrick) September 8, 2019
Let’s not forget All-American tight end candidate Pat Freiermuth, either. Free Moose caught a career high 8 passes for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. This included a back breaking 28-yard touchdown reception on a 4th and 2 late in the 3rd quarter.
FREIERMUTH ELITE— bagel (@pittsburghbagel) September 8, 2019
Woohoo! Freiermuth adds to our lead. Hopefully this will be where we REALLY start to show why we were massively favored! #WeAre— Scott Rohrbeck (@sctheotter491) September 8, 2019
Freiermuth thank god— Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood (@_Foxman4) September 8, 2019
freiermuth my boiiiiii— Ejak (@aeizatazman) September 8, 2019
Pat Freiermuth w/ the one handed grab and then turns on le jets to da house on 4th down.— Salami Tommy (@Twitta_Tom) September 8, 2019
When things broke down on Saturday night, Freiermuth was Clifford’s go to man. When called upon, the true sophomore tight end rose the occasion.
Despite the blowout victory, it was not all good for Penn State fans on Twitter during the game. After a sluggish first half saw the Nittany Lions trailing 10-7 at halftime many fans, rightfully so, found themselves upset.
*Halftime Note *— PSU ♂️SuperFan (@PSU_Soupy) September 8, 2019
-Totally Unacceptable Performance!#WeAre
Total and pure embarrassment all over the field for #PennState tonight.— Philly Sports Fanatic (@thunderducks26) September 8, 2019
What the hell is Penn State doing rn.— chase (@Paper_chase10) September 8, 2019
WHAT IS GOING ON— timid salsa (@merlin0352) September 8, 2019
Another takeaway from Twitter tonight is that Penn State fans still don’t like Ricky Rahne.
Fire Ricky Rahne.— Robbie Rockwell (@RRockwell72) September 8, 2019
This is a scheduled tweet.
Ricky Rahne still sucks— Murph (@RyanPMurphy16) September 8, 2019
Ricky Rahne continues to prove he’s an absolute joke— I don’t root for Penn State, I just went there. (@CWeigs) September 8, 2019
And Ricky Rahne can go anytime— Mac and Schnock (@MacSchnock) September 8, 2019
Ricky Rahne is a complete joke— kJHamlerToPhillyNextYear (@Rossthaboss20) September 8, 2019
James Franklin and his staff turned things around in big way at halftime. For this, they deserve a ton for this they deserve a ton of credit. A key play in doing this was redshirt senior cornerback John Reid’s pick-6 on Buffalo’s opening drive of the second half that gave Penn State a lead they would not relinquish.
He Reid that well— Cory V Lestochi (@Cory_Lestochi) September 8, 2019
ILY John Reid— The Pennsylvania State Nittany Sarah (@SarahLinnB) September 8, 2019
John Reid da god— Gus Polinski (@dkviper) September 8, 2019
John Reid will cure what ails you.— OrangeSeats1940 (@OrangeSeats1940) September 8, 2019
Fellow defensive back Tariq Castro-Fields was also all over the field for the Nittany Lions on Saturday night.
Tariq Castro-Fields just seems to do something that impresses you in every game. That's a huge tackle and not an easy one to make.— David Eckert (@davideckert98) September 8, 2019
Tariq Castro Fields is having a game so far. Made 2 nice plays there.— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) September 8, 2019
Tariq Castro-Fields just flies to the football/ball carrier.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) September 8, 2019
Tariq Castro-Fields has made a few big 1-on-1 tackles on the outside already in this one against some strong Buffalo runners— Evan Patrick (@evan7patrick) September 8, 2019
TCF, who finished the game with 8 tackles and a pair of pass breakups, also provided this awesome moment after the game.
The performance of Penn State’s defensive line on Saturday night was not what has come to be expected from Sean Spencer’s Wild Dogs. That said, two young defensive tackles flashed throughout the night. They were true sophomore PJ Mustipher and redshirt sophomore Fred Hansard.
PJ Mustipher is having himself a day on the d-line— Tyler King (@King_TylerB) September 8, 2019
PJ Mustipher: Game-wrecker.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) September 8, 2019
PJ Mustipher should get two TFL for that play.— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) September 8, 2019
Fred Hansard has had - by far - the best game of his college career tonight— Marty (@msj41817) September 8, 2019
Fred Hansard stuffs Jaret Patterson for a two-yard loss.— Onward Sports (@OnwardStSports) September 8, 2019
Big Fred Hansard— Leader Johnson (@WriterLeader247) September 8, 2019
Saturday night was the best game of the collegiate careers of both Mustipher and Hansard, who combined for 7 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, and 2 quarterback hurries. Mustipher is starting to really round into shape at defensive tackle and show why he was a top-100 recruit in the 2018 recruiting cycle. As for Hansard, it is great to not only see him back on the field but also making an impact after suffering a catastrophic leg injury against Mighican State last October.
Penn State’s best defensive lineman - Yetur Gross-Matos - gave Nittany Lion fans a near heart attack late in the game. In the 4th quarter Gross-Matos was down on the field and exited the game. This led to panic on Twitter.
NOT YGM. NO.— Greg (@craigzelanskay) September 8, 2019
they NEED Gross-Matos, please tell me he's not badly hurt— dom (@domaug) September 8, 2019
YGM please be ok— The Pennsylvania State Nittany Sarah (@SarahLinnB) September 8, 2019
Thankfully, Gross-Matos would leave the field under his own power. All signs point toward the All-American candidate being just fine.