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Penn State Beats Minnesota In Overtime

The Nittany Lions overcome a poor first half to win a thriller at Beaver Stadium

Penn State (3-2, 1-1) rallied to beat Minnesota (3-1, 0-1) in overtime at Beaver Stadium Saturday, winning 29-26. Here is out fast recap.


The Penn State defense played well early, forcing a pair of Gopher punts. But the Lions could not take advantage, punting once themselves and then turning over the ball on downs at the Minnesota 28. 

The Gophers marched right down the field — thanks in part to a 25-yard pass from Mitch Leidner to Brian Smith. But when Minnesota got inside the PSU 10, it was called for holding and never recovered from a first-and-goal at the 18. Emmit Carpenter salvaged three points with a 37-yard field goal.

But PSU finished the quarter strong, getting to the Gopher 15 thanks to a 53-yard pass from Trace McSorley to DeAndre Thompkins and an eight-yard run from Saquon Barkley. 

End-Of-Quarter Score: Minnesota 3, Penn State 0


The Lions powered down to the Gopher 1-yard line early in the second. But — with boos thundering through Beaver Stadium — the field-goal unit came out. Tyler Davis made a 19-yarder to tie the score at 3-3.

Neither team could get anything going until near the end of the quarter, when the Gophers went 63 yards in nine plays — doing a nice job of mixing the run and pass. Leidner hit WR Drew Wolitarsky on a 9-yard pass for the game's first touchdown and a 10-3 lead.

Penn State moved the ball on the ensuing drive. But, while facing a third-and-18 from their own 43, the Lions inexplicably called timeout. It would come back to haunt them as it ended up saving time for Minnesota.

The Gophers ended up getting the ball back at their own 13 with 1:13 remaining. They used up all but one second in driving to the PSU 17 and getting a 35-yard Carpenter field goal to go up 13-3

End-Of-Half Score: Minnesota 13, Penn State 3.


The teams exchanged punts early in the third before Penn State finally got it in gear. On second-and-10 from the PSU 20, McSorley found WR Irvin Charles streaking down the center of the field. Charles caught the ball, shook off a tackle try DB Adekunle Ayinde and was gone for the 80-yard score. The crowd went crazy. The score was suddenly 13-10.

The Lions then forced a three-and-out, and got great field position when the Gophers ran into return man John Reid as he tried to make a fair catch.

On first-and-10 from the Minnesota 42, McSorley went deep again, this time finding Chris Godwin for a 36-yard gain. But State could not punch it in and Davis kicked a 27-yard field goal to tie it 13-13. It was Davis' 16th straight make to set a PSU record.

The PSU defense overcame a targeting call on Minnesota's next drive and forced a punt. The offense was now in high gear, as the Lions went 85 yards in six plays for another TD. A 53-yard McSorley pass to TE Mike Gesicki was the big play. But McSorley ran it in from nine yards to give PSU its first lead of the game, 20-13.

End-Of-Quarter Score: Penn State 20, Minnesota 13


The Gophers finally regained their composure early in the fourth. Facing a third-and-4 from the PSU 37, Leidner handed to TB Rodney Smith on a draw. The Lions over-pursued and Smith found himself in the clear, sprinting in for the score to tie it at 20-20.

End-Of-Regulation Score: Penn State 23, Minnesota 23


Penn State won the toss and elected to take the ball second. The Lion defense held and forced the Gophers to try a 46-yard field goal and Carpenter made it.

When PSU got the ball, Barkley took a draw 25 yards on the first play to win the game. Stay tuned for more coverage.

End-Of-Game Score: Penn State 29, Minnesota 26

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