Penn State defenders get excited after they’re requested to defend quick fields today.

After all, it’s what the No. 4 Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) do greatest.

Penn State pressured eight punts, two turnovers and blocked a subject purpose to carry the Nittany Lions to a 24-0 victory over Indiana on Saturday.

Sean Clifford threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns, Jahan Dotson caught a pair of landing passes, Brenton Strange added one and Jordan Stout added a 50-yard subject purpose within the fourth quarter within the Nittany Lions’ ninth straight victory.

“We’re a defense who, it doesn’t matter the score, doesn’t matter what time of the game it is, we’re going to go out there and play at a high level,” defensive sort out P.J. Mustipher mentioned. “That’s who we are. Throughout the game, we’re going to keep going.”

Penn State opened the scoring on its second drive when Clifford scrambled left and flung a 10-yard move to Strange with 5:28 to play within the first quarter.

Raheem Layne intercepted Clifford’s move in Penn State territory on the Nittany Lions’ subsequent possession. Although Layne returned it to the 13, the Hoosiers couldn’t crack Penn State’s stout purple zone protection. They ran 4 performs contained in the 5 solely to show the ball over on downs on a fourth-and-short strive.

The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2) wouldn’t get any nearer to the tip zone the remainder of the evening.

“I thought that was a huge play,” Franklin mentioned. “Defensively, I just think we’re playing really good, complimentary defensive football. I don’t know if we’re overwhelming in any area, but I think the defense is doing their job.”

The offense did its half, too. After the defensive cease, the Nittany Lions responded with their longest drive of the season.

They acquired a lift from operating again Keyvone Lee who took off for a 44-yard achieve up the center on second down. He added a 21-yard run moments later to set Penn State up contained in the 5. Clifford capped the sequence with a rollout move to Dotson at the back of the tip zone. The 8-yard scoring toss made it 14-0 with 13:31 to play within the first half.

Indiana’s opening second-half possession ended badly when Penix was sacked by linebacker Brandon Smith. Penix went down on his left shoulder and was down on the sphere for a couple of minutes. He walked to the locker room and was changed by Jack Tuttle.

Indiana coach Tom Allen mentioned after the sport that Penix injured his throwing shoulder and would bear additional assessments when the workforce returns residence.

The backup didn’t fare significantly better. On his first dropback, Tuttle was sacked arduous on third down by Arnold Ebiketie.

“They played good defense,” Allen mentioned. “They make it really hard to run the football. We have to make sure we take that pressure off our throwing game, stay on the field and get first downs.”

Penn State put collectively one other robust drive and elevated its result in 21-0 when Clifford, throwing on the run once more, discovered Dotson chopping inside Indiana’s protection for a 30-yard rating.

Tuttle gave Indiana some life when he accomplished his subsequent three passes for a mixed 58 yards, steering his teammates into scoring place halfway via the third. But the drive stalled, and Smith blocked a 30-yard subject purpose try by Charles Campbell three performs later.

STAR COMBO

Clifford and Dotson have mixed for 18 complete touchdowns, essentially the most for any QB-WR combo in Penn State historical past.

The document of 17 was beforehand held by Todd Blackledge and Kenny Jackson.

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana: The Hoosiers performed properly sufficient on protection and held Penn State’s big-play offense to only 14 first-half factors. Offensively, nonetheless, Indiana had little or no happening. Penix accomplished simply eight of his first 19 throws for 109 yards and one interception and irrespective of who Indiana’s QB is shifting ahead, they’ll want extra assist from everybody round them if this workforce desires to make any progress.

Penn State: Clifford continues to play properly and the Nittany Lions acquired extra out of their operating recreation by getting Lee concerned. The Penn State protection would possibly’ve performed its greatest recreation of the season. Indiana’s offense was smothered all evening, and neither QB had time or house to throw with any accuracy.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Penn State may have room to maneuver up after No. 3 Oregon fell to unranked Stanford.

UP NEXT

Indiana: Hosts No. 17 Michigan State on Oct. 16.

Penn State: At No. 5 Iowa on Saturday.