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Most deceiving statistic: IN passed for 371 yards, completing 31-of-41, and 16 first downs.
The Gophers had 321 yards and a 24-13 lead at halftime, already the most points allowed in a game by the Nittany Lions this season, but a fumble near midfield by Shannon Brooks at the end of a run on the first play after a punt sapped some momentum.
Clifford put Penn State up 17-14 with 1:03 left in the first quarter when he sprinted up the middle for a 38-yard score.
Nonetheless, the gaffe gave Penn State excellent field position. The Hoosiers had turned it back into a one-score game with a 46-yard fourth-down completion and a short field goal. In addition to Hamler is tight end Pat Freiermuth who is second in the team in catches (32), yards (392), and touchdowns (7).
Penn State still controls its destiny for the Big Ten title game. They converted two third downs and two fourth downs, the last of which was a 1-yard touchdown run by Clifford, his second rushing TD of the afternoon.
Unsung hero: Levis only rushed three times, but his 3 yards on fourth-and-1 from the IN 24 helped sustain the Lions' nine-minute drive that clinched the game.
Both teams lost their star receivers in the first half.
"I was just like, 'Thanks for joining us, man, '" said quarterback Sean Clifford, who greeted his top target outside the locker room with a hug, giving Hamler a hard time for the three quarters he missed.
Allen did indeed send out the punting unit but set them up in similar fashion to the infamous Indianapolis Colts' botched fake punt formation with only two players on the offensive line. Two plays later, the Lions were back in the end zone on a 35-yard Journey Brown run.
IN had a shot to cut Penn State's lead to six late in the third. He did not return to action, and Penn State subsequently relied more heavily on its run game.
Penn State superfans: Get exclusive, in-depth Nittany Lions news, analysis and recruiting updates every day. They also got stops on defense until they needed one most late in the fourth quarter. For a while, Penn State was playing great football, which resulted in an 8-0 record.