After a miserable week of off the field issues Penn State nearly pulled off huge comeback victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers today, but ultimately fell short, losing 17-14.
The Nittany Lions trailed 17-0 with 20 minutes remaining when running back Stephfon Green had a five yard rushing touchdown to cut the lead to 10. Green added another rushing touchdown with five and change remaining in the fourth to cut the lead to three. The Penn State defense forced Taylor Martinez and the Cornhuskers into a three and out the following possession, giving the Penn State offense an opportunity to win or tie the game with 3:52 left. Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions running backs were stuffed on second and one, third and one, and fourth and one on three consecutive players, turning the ball over on downs and essentially ending the game.
Penn State actually out-gained the Cornhuskers, but crucial mistakes like not being able to convert in short-yardage situations and a missed field goal cost them a chance to win the game.
This was the Nittany Lions final regular season home game this season. They travel to Columbus to face the Buckeyes next week.
The Penn State Nittany Lions trailed 10-0 at halftime and 17-0 early in the third quarter, but remain in the ball-game – down only 10 – heading into the fourth and final quarter.
Statistically Penn State has hung with Nebraska in virtually every area but the scoreboard. The total yard tally is 277-282. Penn State has 15 first downs to Nebraska's 19. Both teams have had the ball for 22 minutes and change. The biggest difference in the game is the one turnover the Nittany Lions have, compared to zero for the Cornhuskers. Penn State has also missed a field goal.
Quarterback Matthew McGloin has completed 12 of 25 passes for 165 yards. He also has the game's only turnover. Running back Silas Redd has 54 yards on 13 carries.
The fourth quarter of the game can be seen on ESPN.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have not had a pleasant week off the field and now they are being shut out in front of their home crowd by the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Cornhuskers lead 10-0 at halftime behind 117 total yards from quarterback Taylor Martinez. Martinez has completed nine of 17 passes for 101 yards and rushed for 16 more, on nine carries. Ameer Abdullah has scored the game's only touchdown, on a two yard run with 44 seconds remaining in the half.
Despite being down 10-0 Penn State has been competitive. They have more total yards than Nebraska and have had the ball for longer than Nebraska. They just haven't been able to turn it into points. They've also committed three penalties for 32 yards. The Cornhuskers have committed zero.
Penn State has been in the news all week, for all the wrong reasons. Today they get to temporarily put all the scandals aside to play a football game. The 7-1 and twelfth ranked Nittany Lions host the 7-2 and nineteenth ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.
After one quarter the game is tied 0-0. Despite the score Penn State has dominated the first period. They have racked up 107 total yards, compared to 29 for Nebraska. The time of possession in the first quarter was 10 minutes for the Nittany Lions, compared to five minutes for the Cornhuskers.
Neither team has committed a turnover or penalty thus far.
Penn State's quarterback, Matthew McGloin has completed 5 of 11 passes for 61 yards. Running back Silas Reed has carreid the ball six times for 32 yards.