Halftime: Michigan State 17, Penn State 14

By Joel Neuschwander on November 27, 2021 at 5:04 pm
Nov 27, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium.
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Penn State flipped the script from a nightmare start and made it a ballgame in a matter of minutes.

Catch up on everything you missed as the Nittany Lions head into halftime trailing Michigan State 17-14.

  • Jahan Dotson is doing his thing against the country's worst pass defense, flashing his athleticism even in less-than-ideal conditions.
  • Despite the weather not being conducive to a productive passing attack, that's exactly what Penn State has relied on in the first 30 minutes, unable to gain a yard on the ground on six carries until...
  • Keyvone Lee finally broke through with a 33-yard pickup late in the second quarter.
  • Not much trust in the offense in a couple of fourth-and-shorts near midfield, as the Nittany Lions opted to punt twice in that situation. Jordan Stout did land both inside the Spartan 10, although Michigan State marched 99 yards anyway for its first score.
  • Devyn Ford's biggest impact all season has come in the kick return game today, taking it out to at least the Penn State 30 three times.