Halftime: Penn State 7, Rutgers 0

By Joel Neuschwander on November 20, 2021 at 1:40 pm
Nov 20, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Keyvone Lee (24) runs with the ball as Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Christian Izien (0) looks to tackle during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium.
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It took quite a while, but Penn State's offense finally broke through in the closing minutes of the first half.

Catch up on everything you missed as the Nittany Lions enter the locker room up 7-0 over Rutgers at the break.

  • Although his offensive line wasn't doing him many favors, Sean Clifford looked awful in his limited first half action, seemingly feeling the effects of a flu bug going around the Penn State campus and the football team itself. Clifford left the game toward the end of the first quarter, opening the door for freshman Christian Veilleux, who had recently passed up TaQuan Roberson on Penn State's depth chart.
  • For someone seeing his first in-game action in two years, Veilleux looks poised, ending the Nittany Lions' only punt-less drive with a dart to Jahan Dotson for his first college touchdown pass.
  • The defense locked down, but had a couple near-miss interceptions by Kalen King and Marquis Wilson that could've swung momentum Penn State's way much earlier.
  • It's been a punting showcase for two of the nation's best, as Jordan Stout and Adam Korsak have gotten more than their fair share of work so far. The pair have combined for 12 punts in the first 30 minutes.
  • Penn State gained more yards (67) on its touchdown drive than it did on its first six possessions combined (53).