Penn State overcomes slow start to dominate Buffalo

Published On September 9, 2019 | Sports

September 7, 2019 – State College, PA — Penn State played host to the visiting Buffalo Bulls on a cool night in Happy Valley, and overcame a halftime deficit to win 45-13.  

The 7:30pm game gave the 104,000+ ticket-holding (and countless other) fanatics extra time for tailgating festivities before filling Beaver Stadium to near capacity. The world of Penn State tailgating is like few other college (or pro) experiences, with tents and RVs spanning 100’s of acres around Beaver Stadium. The faithful were also treated to a reunion of the 1995 Rose Bowl Champion team (1994 season) who gathered for an on-field photo op.

1994 Penn State Team – 1995 Rose Bowl Champions

When it was game time, the first-place Mid-American Conference Bulls were not intimidated by the hostile environment, and in fact dominated the first half with a 10-7 lead.  

After an early Penn State TD on a 28-yard pass to Jahan Dotson from QB Sean Clifford, Buffalo’s defense controlled the Lions, while their offense dominated the first-half time of possession.  Buffalo completed numerous pass attempts, including to Antonio Nunn who had 5 completions for 113 total yards for the day. The Bulls kicked a field goal and Julien Bourassa scored on a 6-yard TD pass to close the quarter.    

Penn State woke up in the third quarter, starting with a momentum-changing interception by John Reid and TD catch by Pat Freiermuth.  Buffalo kicked a 25-yard field goal, which would be their last scoring play in the game.  The Lion’s offense turned on the juice with a TD run by Noah Cain and a 28-yard TD pass from Clifford to Freiermuth before the end of Q3. 

We want to send best wishes and hope for a speedy recovery to Evan Finegan, the Buffalo punter who unfortunately sustained a serious leg injury during a block attempt in the 3rd quarter.

It was all Penn State in the 4th quarter.  Jake Pinegar kicked a 32-yard field goal, and Dotson hauled in a 56-yard scoring pass (Clifford’s 4th TD pass) to close out the game.  
– Next up for the Nittany Lions is Pitt at home.

[Photos by Rick Pettine]

[Article by Rick Pettine]

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