Early on it looked like Penn State would do exactly what you want to see against an inferior MAC opponent. The Nittany Lions completely dominated the first quarter of the game, allowing them to jump out to a two score lead over Central Michigan.
On Penn State’s second defensive series of the game the turnover king struck again as Zakee Wheatley intercepted a pass to set up the offense with a short field.
TURNOVER KING TURNOVER KING TURNOVER KING— Clay Sauertieg (@ByCSauertieg) September 24, 2022
Zakee a problem for real— ⱼₐₛ (@j_a155) September 24, 2022
ZAKEE WHEATLEY IS A TURNOVER MACHINE!!!!— x - Charlie (@ckuster15) September 24, 2022
I love Zakee Wheatley— kemosabe (@ebert412) September 24, 2022
Takeaway King Zakee Wheatley strikes again.— Elton Hayes (@EHDC12) September 24, 2022
The TAKEAWAY KING with the INT…@ZakeeWheatley #WeAre— PS Football U (@psufootballu) September 24, 2022
Three turnovers in four games. Zakee Wheatley is the real deal.— T-FrankOn3 (@ThomasFrankCarr) September 24, 2022
This was the second week in a row that Wheatley intercepted a pass and he has accounted for a turnvoer in each of the team’s first three games of the season. Thus far, he has lived up to the turnover king moniker he earned in spring ball and fall camp.
Th short field that Wheatley’s interception set up led to a quick score for the Nittany Lions. Sean Clifford would find Brenton Strange, who entered the day leading Big Ten tight ends in receiving yards, for a touchdown, making the score 14-0 Penn State.
Penn State turning into a factory for NFL caliber tight ends. Brenton Strange is a problem— pwn3ds (@pwn3ds) September 24, 2022
Brenton Strange for most improved player from last year.— PSU News and Notes (@psufball107k) September 24, 2022
Nice job @ZakeeWheatley and @BrentonStrange ! #WeAre #PennState— Quarterback Club (@StateCollegeQBC) September 24, 2022
Let’s Go!!! #WeAre!!!— Dave Sned (@snedsports247) September 24, 2022
Too easy for Brenton Strange pic.twitter.com/fibOwn5Grb— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) September 24, 2022
@BrentonStrange You are an absolute BEAST my man!— Wer4psu1 (@Wer4psu111) September 24, 2022
After struggling last season Strange was in dire need of a big 2022 season. Thus far, he has responded with just that. Both with his blocking and his receiving.
With Penn State him hawing around with Central Michigan and the game tied at 14 in the second quarter, Barney Amor did his thing. Amor dropped a dime of a punt that went out of bounds inside the Penn State 5-yard line.
September 24, 2022
Well, if nothing else, Barney Amor should still be a Heisman candidate— Max Ralph (@maxralph_) September 24, 2022
Barney Amor has been nothing short of spectacular this season.— Zach (@zachallen0) September 24, 2022
Amor pinned Central Michigan at its own 3-yard line
Barney Amor for Heisman— Connor Griffin (@RealCGriff) September 24, 2022
Barney Amor: MVP!— Nate Glocke (@NCGlocke) September 24, 2022
Barney Amor drops a dime of a punt to the 3-yard line. CMU now backed up against its own end zone with the student section behind them.— The Football Letter (@PSUFBLetter) September 24, 2022
This punt flipped field position and helped Penn State re-gain the game’s momentum. After a strong punt return by Parker Washington, the Nittany Lions took the lead back on a rushing touchdown by Kaytron Allen.
Kaytron Allen The End Zone— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 24, 2022
Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton are the best true freshman 1-2 RB punch I've ever seen in college football.— The Football Elitist (@footballelitist) September 24, 2022
What a run by Kaytron Allen for the Touchdown & #PennState retakes the lead at 21-14 to stop whatever momentum that Central Michigan had #CMUvsPSU— David Malandra Jr (@DaveMReports) September 24, 2022
I guess it's a Kaytron Allen type of day ♂️— Zach Seyko (@zach_seyko) September 24, 2022
Going in today, I thought Nick Singleton would be the one giving CMU's defense headaches, but so far it's been Kaytron Allen— Ryan Colores (@ryancolores) September 24, 2022
Before the half, the Nittany Lion forced another turnvoer. Cornerback Johnny Dixon, who had probably the best game of his collegiate career, made a great play to pull in the second interception of the half for Manny Diaz’s defense.
Nice INT by Johnny Dixon! #PennState pic.twitter.com/1KFd18miHF— @ (@FTBeard7) September 24, 2022
PICKED OFF!! @JohnnyDixon_ hauls in the pass from Central Michigan's QB #WeAre— Phil Brady (@The_Philster) September 24, 2022
Johnny Dixon with the interception and Penn State has the ball back looking to add more points to end the first half #CMUvsPSU— David Malandra Jr (@DaveMReports) September 24, 2022
YOOOOOOOOO @JohnnyDixon_ !!!! pic.twitter.com/z86vM8YJ2s— Josh Reinhart (@Josh_Reinhart) September 24, 2022
Unfortunately, Penn State could not capitalize as Sean Clifford would have a woeful drive going into the locker room missing multiple open wide receivers. This included an egregious miss of a wide open Parker Washington that would have gone for a touchdown. This led to a lot of fans, and rightfully so, becoming frustrated with the Nittany Lion quarterback and calling for Drew Allar.
Sean Clifford left ~100 yards of missed throws on the field that half.— Clay Sauertieg (@ByCSauertieg) September 24, 2022
After Penn State's first two touchdown drives ...— Johnny McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) September 24, 2022
Sean Clifford: 10 of 20 for 91 yards. Woof.
I'm so over watching Sean Clifford— Brad (@laclips) September 24, 2022
Two words.— 2022 Jim (@SportsingJim) September 24, 2022
give me Drew Allar in the second half please— noah (@no_uh22) September 24, 2022
Clifford appears to have lost his touch this week. There have been rumblings in the crowd for Drew Allar #PennState— Patrick Sweda (@PatrickSweda) September 24, 2022
Sean Clifford when asked to hit a receiver in the chest pic.twitter.com/1IeT5pj4I8— JOSH ALLEN MVP (@eggsixles) September 24, 2022
sean clifford go be a big ten network analyst please god— John Lewis (@JohnLewis9416) September 24, 2022
I’m so god damn sick of Sean Clifford— ⱼₐₛ (@j_a155) September 24, 2022
I truly don’t care what his stat line looks like.— Jage (@thejagepage) September 24, 2022
I CAN NOT WAIT for the Sean Clifford experience to be over.
After Penn State punted to start the half, the Barney Amor Weapon struck again. He drilled another punt that Central Michigan attempted to field inside the 5-yard line. However, the Chippewas muffed it setting up Penn State with 1st and goal.
Barney Amor!!! You absolute stud, you!— #WeAre (@WeAre_PSULions) September 24, 2022
Weekly Barney Amor for Heisman tweet— Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Dan (@djr5001) September 24, 2022
Put Barney Amor in at QB— Darian Somers (@StuffSomersSays) September 24, 2022
Barney Amor is a WEAPON! #Weare #ForTheBrand— Rich Turner 7️⃣9️⃣ (@RichTurner79) September 24, 2022
This set up Strange’s second touchdown catch of the day, making the score 27-14 Nittany Lions. Strange finished the game with five receptions for 42 yards and a pair of scores.
If the last two weeks were the coming out party for Nick Singleton, then Saturday was Kaytron Allen’s coming out party. His big day continued in the second half as he posted his first career 100-yard game.
This was the Kaytron Allen game. 100 yard performance for Fatman was a huge reason we won this game. Good job by the staff feeding him as he was the hot hand today.— Penn State Talk (@PSURecruitTalk) September 24, 2022
Drew Allar with a two headed rushing attack of Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen, plus the talent they have at TE/WR will be so much fun in 2023 and 2024— Marty (@msj41817) September 24, 2022
The trio of Kaytron Allen, Nicholas Singleton, and Drew Allar will win PSU a natty #WeAre #LetsGoPSU— x- The Real Rams Rapp (@TheOtherGarth) September 24, 2022
True breakout game for Kaytron Allen today— Ian (@ianmccalister) September 24, 2022
That carry should put Kaytron Allen +100, so PSU has true freshman RB go for more than 100 on ground in three consecutive games.— William Bowman (@WilliamBBowman) September 24, 2022
Have a day Kaytron Allen— Jarred Walp (@jaywalp) September 24, 2022
Kaytron “Fatman” Allen having himself a day pic.twitter.com/8okLfARvbh— Hardcore Penn State Football (@HardcorePSUFB) September 24, 2022
Allen finished the game with 111 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. This gave him a healthy 8.5 yards per carry on the day.
It wasn’t always pretty, but a win is a win. The Nittany Lions are 4-0 and will now be full steam ahead into Big Ten play. Next Saturday, Northwestern comes to town to battle the Nittany Lions.