As Saturday afternoon’s action began it was a familiar story from the past few weeks - dominant Penn State defense. Manny Diaz’s crew held the Spartans to just 44 yards of total offense in the 1st quarter. This included four tackles for a loss, Tyler Elsdon recovering a fumble, and an Adisa Isaac sack. Penn State allowed just 3 first half points, which came after the officials wrongly put a second back on the clock following a Peyton Thorne spike at the end of the half. I know, Big Ten officials wrongly giving a team from Michigan an extra second? Shocking!
Fumble recovery by Tyler Elsdon! After a backwards pass from Thorne.— Lasching Out Podcast (@LaschingOutPod) November 26, 2022
Adisa Isaac with the sack. His 4th sack of the season— The Basic Blues Podcast (@BasicBluesPod) November 26, 2022
Adisa Isaac has looked the best he's looked all year in the last three games. Great individual wins.— T-FrankOn3 (@ThomasFrankCarr) November 26, 2022
Big TFL for Chop brings up 3rd and 11!— Lasching Out Podcast (@LaschingOutPod) November 26, 2022
Kalen king clamps— (@gothamfannn) November 26, 2022
I can’t say enough how much I love Chop Robinson.— Yoki (@YokiPSU) November 26, 2022
Weekly reminder Coziah Izzard has been very good since coming back from whatever his issue was at the beginning of the season— PSU News and Notes (@psufball107k) November 26, 2022
Coziah Izzard absolutely blew up that run play up the middle. It's a loss of five thanks to the defensive tackle— Zach (@zachallen0) November 26, 2022
Coziah Izzard has taken huge steps this year. Just completely blew up a play.— Donnie Collins (@PennStateTT) November 26, 2022
Coziah Izzard. Just destroyed a play by himself— Max Ralph (@maxralph_) November 26, 2022
Kalen King is a dog. Penn State is gonna be just fine with he and Dixon next year.— Clay Sauertieg, Olivier Giroud Enjoyer (@ByCSauertieg) November 26, 2022
Diaz’s defense seems to be getting better and better each week. Maybe the most encouraging part about Penn State’s defense finishing the season strong is that of the roughly 25 players who get regular minutes at least 18 of them will be back next season. That doesn’t include Cam Miller and KJ Winston having their roles grow, or Zuriah Fisher returning to a full-time capacity post-injury.
Penn State’s offense once again started sluggish. However, on their third drive they would march 90 yards with the drive being capped off by a Theo Johnson touchdown.
Theo Johnson.. DAWG— MericWack (@__MackMan) November 26, 2022
Theo Johnson was wideeee open— Zach Donaldson (@zachdonaldson_) November 26, 2022
Penn State is the first team on the board. https://t.co/fsU3sOklJo
The following drive saw Mike Yurcich dig deep in his bag of trick as KeAndre Lambert-Smith would throw a 49-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Johnson. The trickery gave Johnson his first career multi-touchdown game, and put the Nittany Lions ahead 14-0.
Penn State going deep in the playbook today.— Alex Rocco (@AlexRocco13_) November 26, 2022
Theo Johnson with his second touchdown on the game
Theo Johnson again— Jonathan Kitchen (Birth name-Anthony Bowersox) (@jkitch47) November 26, 2022
Also, have yourself a game Theo Johnson— Penn State FB Thoughts (@PSU_FB_Thoughts) November 26, 2022
Theo Johnson #2— MG NAS©️ (@MGNas27) November 26, 2022
QB controversy?! KLS vs. Clifford!— Kris Kringle (@KrisKri18376072) November 26, 2022
Oh? So KLS throws TDs now? Cool— Jack Hirsh (@JR_HIRSHey) November 26, 2022
Everyone saying “We Want Drew” should have been saying “We Want KLS”— Jaret Gold (@JaretGold) November 26, 2022
KLS with a DIME.— Pat Cougar MellonUsher (@pat_usher) November 26, 2022
In the third quarter we got the Tyler Warren drive. As part of punt coverage he recovered a fumble. Warren, despite being blanketed in coverage, then hauled in a pass from Clifford for a score to make it 21-3 Nittany Lions.
What a sequence of events for Tyler Warren. Just two plays after recovering a MSU fumble, Warren is on the receiving end of Sean Clifford's second TD pass of the night. PSU leads 21-3— Andrew Destin (@AndrewDestin1) November 26, 2022
Hell of a catch by Tyler Warren, Penn State set that up faking the screen that almost always comes out of that formation. 21-3.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) November 26, 2022
TYLER WARREN WHAT A CATCH FOR THE TD— Tyler (@RizzoRBW) November 26, 2022
TYLER WARREN WHAT A CATCH!— No Names All Game (@nonamesallgame) November 26, 2022
The Tyler Warren Drive™️— Richard (@SecretRichardS) November 26, 2022
Great catch by Tyler Warren!!!— Sports Fanatic (@sportsislife26) November 26, 2022
TYLER WARREN!! WHAT A CATCH.— Adam (@SlightNegative) November 26, 2022
What a series by Tyler Warren, recovers the fumble and then is rewarded with a touchdown catch!— The Basic Blues Podcast (@BasicBluesPod) November 26, 2022
What a TD catch by Tyler Warren! #WeAre— The Nittany and Badger: A Big Ten Football Podcast (@NittanyBadger) November 26, 2022
TYLER WARREN JUST S0NNED HIM— CJ Stroud is 0-2 vs Michigan (@hahafucvk) November 26, 2022
TYLER WARREN PRAISE JESUS— Papa G (@papa_gardner11) November 26, 2022
The second half was not always easy. Especially as Michigan State pulled within 21-16 in the 4th quarter. Even as things looked hairy Abdul Carter never did. He continued to fly all over the field with elite athleticism on his way to finishing with 7 tackles, 3 TFLs, and 2 sacks.
ABDUL. CARTER.— Papa G (@papa_gardner11) November 26, 2022
Abdul Carter— Penn State Football Watcher (@Swagman_79) November 26, 2022
ABDUL CARTER KNOW THAT NAME!— jrm71588 (@jrm71588) November 26, 2022
Sometimes I forget that Abdul Carter is a freshman because of how good he is— Tom Wendell (@tomwendell) November 26, 2022
Who named Abdul Carter the predator?? pic.twitter.com/eWMw5mnb1n— Heather Ashley (@Nittanyqueen) November 26, 2022
Abdul Carter is unreal— mike (@lysergamike) November 26, 2022
Abdul Carter for president.— Nick (@Father_Fine) November 26, 2022
Abdul Carter with a near interception— Songbird Rescue Cat (@makarov__) November 26, 2022
Abdul Carter almost scores a touchdown. This place would have been buzzing.— Joe Smeltzer (@joesmeltzer775) November 26, 2022
Abdul Carter is gonna be the best LB to ever suit up at PSU. I said it. #WeAre— ErichFiveSevenOh (@EazyDotSheezy) November 26, 2022
Abdul Carter is going to represent that 11 well. Can't wait to see him develop— Austin Molinich (@molinich17) November 26, 2022
Carter also damn near had a pick-6 in the 3rd quarter. A pick-6 that would have given Penn State a 28-3 lead and likely would have led to an absolute romping over the Spartans.
Late in the game Penn State was finally able to start to put things on ice. Clifford hit Nick Singleton on a bubble screen that Singleton took to the end zone, giving Penn State a 28-16 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Nick Singleton for 6️⃣‼️— Zach Donaldson (@zachdonaldson_) November 27, 2022
That’s 12 singles on the year for the freshman sensation pic.twitter.com/CxQV5GQNhs
Nick Singleton!!!— Sports Fanatic (@sportsislife26) November 27, 2022
NICK SINGLETON TOUCHDOWN LFGGGGGGGGG— Tyler (@RizzoRBW) November 27, 2022
Nick Singleton what a guy— Mzee Jud (@JOK_75) November 27, 2022
Nick Singleton just saved me from having a heart attack.— Adam (@SlightNegative) November 27, 2022
nick singleton throw me in the schuylkill— chad (@mad_charkulics) November 27, 2022
Nick Singleton? DAWG.— Austin Deinarowicz (@adeinarowicz52) November 27, 2022
Nick Singleton is the real deal. He’s going to be fun to watch the next two years.— Hip Hip Jorge (@hiphip_jorge2) November 27, 2022
Following a late interception by Karen King, KLS helped put the finishing touches on the victory with a 35-yard touchdown grab. This catch gave the Nittany Lions a 35-16 lead, and capped off a big day for KLS.
Clifford -> KLS = DAGGER— Zach Donaldson (@zachdonaldson_) November 27, 2022
(but the play is under further review)
Shoutout KeAndre Lambert-Smith he has been so good today.— The Basic Blues Podcast (@BasicBluesPod) November 27, 2022
5 catches for 83 yards with a TD catch and 1 pass for a 48 yard touchdown
Hell of a way to close out the year for KLS.
KLS beautiful route again— Whom who might be whomst (@karmitthesnitch) November 27, 2022
WHAT A GRAB KLS. LETS GOOOO— Jaret Gold (@JaretGold) November 27, 2022
KLS! LETS GOOO— Scottie Hughes (@_ScottieH) November 27, 2022
KLS IS HAVING THE GAME OF HIS LIFE— Tyler (@RizzoRBW) November 27, 2022
KLS BEAUTIFUL— Kev (@2KEVlN) November 27, 2022
KLS has been criminally underutilized all season. Glad he’s laying it all out there in the season finale.— TK (@PSU_TK) November 27, 2022
KLS BREAKOUT PARTY— Papa G (@papa_gardner11) November 27, 2022
KLS finished the game with 5 receptions for 83 yards and touchdown, in addition to his 48-yard touchdown pass. This included multiple contested and important grabs by KLS. Hopefully this performance is a springboard for the bowl game which proves to be a springboard for 2023.
10-2 regular seasons are nothing to scoff at. Penn State put together a tremendous regular season and is in line to get to 11 wins with a win in a big time bowl game. 2023 could be a lot of fun in Happy Valley.