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Penn State 45, Buffalo 13: What Twitter Had To Say

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What did the always calm and rationale Penn State Twitter have to say about the Nittany Lions 45-13 victory over Buffalo on Saturday night?

Heather Weikel

It was not always pretty. In fact, the first half was downright ugly. But in the end, the Penn State Nittany Lions improved to 2-0 on Saturday night with a 45-13 victory over the Buffalo Bulls.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Another takeaway from Twitter tonight is that Penn State fans still don’t like Ricky Rahne.

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.

Fellow defensive back Tariq Castro-Fields was also all over the field for the Nittany Lions on Saturday night.

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.

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.

Thankfully, Gross-Matos would leave the field under his own power. All signs point toward the All-American candidate being just fine.