On Penn State’s second series of the night true freshman Nick Singleton was at running back. On series three it was Kaytron Allen. It did not take long for the true freshmen to impress the fan base.
Nick Singleton already doing work— Mike V.P. (@MikePettigano) September 2, 2022
Nick Singleton! Good lord, I had forgotten what it was like to have a competent running game…— Pole Assassin’s Creed (@happyhourvalley) September 2, 2022
Nick Singleton has entered the chat.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) September 2, 2022
Nick Singleton is himothy— Isaac (@BelloAces) September 2, 2022
Holy Nick Singleton— Douglas Michael (@SperryandPolo55) September 2, 2022
I already love Nick Singleton— Jaret Gold (@JaretGold) September 2, 2022
Nick singleton is the second coming of saquon barkley— Jack Barrett (@Jack_barrett_10) September 2, 2022
One run from Kaytron Allen and I’m already hooked https://t.co/O4hrWaAPvf— Connor Griffin (@RealCGriff) September 2, 2022
This Nick Singleton/Kaytron Allen 1-2 punch is going to be legendary— Tom Wendell (@tomwendell) September 2, 2022
Moving froward, Singleton and Allen need to be getting the majority of the touches at running back. It is already clear that they are head and shoulders above the other running backs on the roster talent wise, as evident by a 2nd down run by Keyvone Lee in the 2nd quarter when he lacked the burst to hit a hole that would have likely led to an easy first down with Singleton or Allen in the game.
With Penn State trailing 3-0 in the 2nd quarter Mitchell Tinsley hauled in a Sean Clifford pass and scampered into the end zone. It was a play of firsts. It was Tinsley first catch and touchdown as a Nittany Lion, as well as Penn State’s first touchdown of the game and 2022 season.
MITCH TINSLEY HELLO WELCOME TO HAPPT VALLEY— The Penn State 365 Podcast (@PSUFB365) September 2, 2022
Make an impact Mitch Tinsley! Cue Zombie Nation! #WeAre— Zach Gershman (@ZachGershman) September 2, 2022
Mitch Tinsley puts us on the board!— R J Hunte (@AceMasterLOCXl2) September 2, 2022
MITCH TINSLEY— cade (@Cade5B) September 2, 2022
MITCH TINSLEY BABYYY— Starling (@StarlingFN) September 2, 2022
In the first half there were some interesting moments for the Penn State defense. This included a dropped would be pick-6 by Joey Porter Jr. that resulted in a Purdue reception for a first down, eventually leading to a Boilermaker field goal.
JPJ YOU GOTTA PICK THAT— AJP (@Ajp1106) September 2, 2022
JPJ YOU HAVE TO CATCH THAT— hannah (@hannahhmillerr_) September 2, 2022
JPJ just misses one….— Gabe (@xgabex47) September 2, 2022
I can’t believe JPJ dropped that pick— The Corum Quorum- Ji〽️〽️y ️ (@JimboPete6) September 2, 2022
JPJ has to catch that ugh. So freaking close— Greg (@GMZ5034) September 2, 2022
Later in the half, true freshman Abdul Carter made his collegiate debut. After garnering praise throughout fall camp and being given the legendary no. 11 at linebacker, Carter was ready to make an impact. Well, on his first play Carter made an aggressive, violent, all around great football play. Leading with his shoulder, Carter hit a Purdue receiver in the shoulder as he went after a ball that had not yet been ruled a fumble or incomplete pass. Well, after a review Carter was wrongly called for targeting and ejected from the game.
Penn State LB Abdul Carter was ejected for targeting... He was going for the ball because he thought it was a fumble. pic.twitter.com/AW3G0a7XgS— Follow @FTBeard7 (@FTBeard7) September 2, 2022
What an absolute joke. Are you absolutely kidding me. Refs are a joke. I’ve never seen a worse call ever. Justice for Abdul Carter.— Will Ryan (@will_ryan14) September 2, 2022
What an absolute dog shit call. Free Abdul Carter.— Brad Bowser (@BradMan2014) September 2, 2022
Targeting is the WORST call in college football. Abdul Carter is ejected for playing fast and going for the ball ♂️— Dan Yarborough NASM-PES, USAW (@CoachDan_Y) September 2, 2022
Abdul Carter is going to be a DAWG. This is the beginning of a villain origin story.— Michael (@mikooaxdcdz) September 2, 2022
Welcome to college football.. Abdul Carter's first ever play and he's being ejected for targeting. Horrible call in my opinion.— DylanCallaghanCroley (@Dylan_RivalsPRZ) September 2, 2022
That’s a horrible targeting call on Abdul Carter.— Tyler Calvaruso (@tyler_calvaruso) September 2, 2022
Worst of all, the penalty sparked a drive that resulted in a Purdue touchdown.
Right before the half Zakee Wheatley forced a fumble that Porter Jr. recovered. Not only id this thwart what looked like a potential Purdue scoring drive, it led to a long touchdown strike from Clifford to Brenton Strange right before the half to give the Nittany Lions a 21-10 lead at the break.
BRENTON. STRANGE. pic.twitter.com/R7sooXfu6z— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 2, 2022
Brenton Strange just went full-on freight train pic.twitter.com/0KCo8siXwK— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 2, 2022
Brenton Strange buzzer beater pic.twitter.com/kNdp3cghzH— Dylan Lowe (@TheBeardedPod) September 2, 2022
Embarrassing tackling from Purdue. Lol. Great effort from Brenton Strange! #WeAre— Ian (@ianmccalister) September 2, 2022
The second half got off to a terrible start for Penn State. Sean Clifford missed a series due to an apparent back issue, Purdue scored the first 14 points of the half, and the Nittany Lion offense looks dead in the water as they trailed 24-21.
Well, early in the 4th quarter KeAndre Lambert-Smith made up for multiple drops earlier in the game by hauling in a pass from Clifford, and then proceeding to take a tackler miss before running past the Purdue defense for a 29-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions a 28-24 lead.
KLS— jordan (@NlCKSINGLETON) September 2, 2022
HUGE play from KLS after some drops tonight.— Heyna (@UHeynaBoutIt) September 2, 2022
GET A STOP HERE, CHEW SOME CLOCK AND GET SOME POINTS
KLS made up for those drops earlier that’s for sure.. 1 stop defense— Reid Hoff (@TheRealReid11) September 2, 2022
HUGE SCORE by KLS showing great contact balance breaking tackles! Penn State back on top 27-24.— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorFB) September 2, 2022
What a play for KLS. Had such a bad night w/ 3 drops.— Max Ralph (@maxralph_) September 2, 2022
Once again, Penn State has bounced back after bad moments. If this game was played last year, Penn State would've folded
KLS!!!!! Never a doubt.— PacPSUFFB7 (@psuffb7) September 2, 2022
That's how you make people forget about drops. KLS has speed.— Matt Bortner (@M_Bortner) September 2, 2022
Late in the game with Penn State leading 28-24 the Nittany Lions were a scoring drive away from icing the game. With Tinsley wide open in Purdue territory it appeared the Nittany Lions were on the brink of putting themselves in position to pull off such a drive. Well, Clifford made a god awful throw to overthrow Tinsley resulting in a go-ahead pick-6 for Purdue. We don’t want to harp on Cliff too much, so we’ll simply present this Stewart Mandel Tweet that all Penn State fans can relate to.
Penn State fans can relate to a guy puking after a Sean Clifford pick six.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 2, 2022
In the final minutes of the game Clifford led one of the best drives you will ever see. This drive results in the Nittany Lions taking a 35-31 lead with less than a minutes to go. Enjoy it, Nittany Lions fans.
You can hate Sean Clifford all you want, but at the end of the day that drive and the W gets remembered, not anything before it— Connor Whooley (@whooley9) September 2, 2022
The Sean Clifford Experience will go down as the wildest decade in US history— Josh Pate (@LateKickJosh) September 2, 2022
Obviously I never doubted Penn State or Sean Clifford for a second. They’re great and Go State! ☝ ⚪️ 35-31 Good guys.— Mike V.P. (@MikePettigano) September 2, 2022
"I didn't play my best ball... but in the end you have to win the game and that's what we did."@PennStateFball's QB Sean Clifford talks with @JennyTaft about leading his team to victory in the final minutes of the game ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Bhv0liaYFS— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 2, 2022
Only Gus Johnson can make a Sean Clifford dump off pass seem like a 50— John (@iam_johnw) September 2, 2022
Yard Hail Mary pic.twitter.com/sWuKXZQeAX
SEAN CLIFFORD MARY ME ⚪️ ⚪️— Kenward Eugene (@_Kendoll_Jenner) September 2, 2022
After Clifford’s touchdown led drive, the Nittany Lions were able to get a big defensive stop. It was capped off by a Chop Robinson sack as the clock expired.
CHOP ROBINSON ENDS IT FOR PENN STATE!!! pic.twitter.com/fbLJWxctYl— Follow @FTBeard7 (@FTBeard7) September 2, 2022
Chop Robinson earned that sack. Awesome second half— Dave (@Dave_K6) September 2, 2022
Not to be over exaggerators here but Chop Robinson is a beast— Garret Greenlee (@Garret_Greenlee) September 2, 2022
CHOP ROBINSON! REMEMBER THE NAME!— Ben Strober (@benstrobermedia) September 2, 2022
Chop Robinson. 1-0. That’s it he tweet.— Charlie Knezevic (@charlieknez) September 2, 2022
Chop Robinson was a FORCE tonight— Joshua Gleason (@JGleas) September 2, 2022
Can see why he was a former 5*. Unreal potential.
Chop Robinson gets to O’Connell and Penn State wins 35-31— Alex Rocco (@AlexRocco13_) September 2, 2022
CHOP ROBINSON MY MANNNNNNNNN— YokiPSU (@YokiPSU) September 2, 2022
It was not easy, but Penn State is 1-0. That’s all the matter and it’s made better by them being 1-0 in Big Ten play. A bad Ohio team is next up for the Nittany Lions before they head to Auburn.