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Penn State overcomes sluggish start to beat Indiana

Nov 15, 2008 - 10:22 PM STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (Ticker) -- Darryl Clark and Penn State still have at least one title to play for.

Clark passed for two touchdowns as the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions overcame a lethargic start Saturday en route to a 34-7 victory over Indiana.

Last Saturday, the Nittany Lions (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) saw their national title hopes all but come to an end following a last-second loss at Iowa. However, the Nittany Lions still are on course to claim their first Big Ten title since 1994 and could win it next week with a home victory over Michigan State.

Trying to rebound from last week's disappointment, the Nittany Lions were sluggish early on a dreary afternoon at Beaver Stadium before taking control against the Hoosiers (3-8, 1-6), who lost by double digits for the sixth time this season.

"I think we were sloppy at times in the first half. Indiana played hard but gave us a lot of opportunities to really put it away early," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who picked up career win No. 382. "But we didn't do a very good job with that, so I think we were sloppy. I think we were okay in the second half. We could be better

Clark was out of sync in the first quarter, losing a fumble deep in Indiana territory and failing to move the offense as the first quarter ended scoreless.

But the Nittany Lions finally got on the board on their fourth possession as Clark threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Williams over the middle.

A five-touchdown underdog, Indiana immediately answered as Marcus Thigpen bounced outside and ran down the right sideline for a 57-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7-7 with 11:24 left in the first half.

Kevin Kelly kicked a 34-yard field goal with four seconds left before the break to give the Nittany Lions the lead for good.

In the second half, the Nittany Lions finally found their rhythm.

Evan Royster scored on a 19-yard run and Clark threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Deon Butler around a 36-yard field goal from Kelly which made it 27-7 entering the fourth quarter.

Clark completed 20-of-36 passes for 239 yards and an interception.

"Some of my passes came out of my hands bad," Clark said. "The ball was a little wet today, but at certain times when we needed to throw the ball, we were able to make some completions and I was able to handle the ball. But, I'm still not very happy with my performance today."

Williams put an exclamation point on things midway through the fourth quarter with a 36-yard TD run. The senior accounted for 123 total yards (62 receiving, 61 rushing).

"Everyone is saying that there might have been a hangover," Williams said. "We just came to play. That Iowa game is behind us. We still have a game in front of us and a tough game against Michigan State."

Still slowed by a right ankle injury, Hoosiers quarterback Kellen Lewis completed just 9-of-21 passes for 57 yards and an interception.

Indiana managed just six first downs.

"I thought our kids gave a great effort against a very good football team," Indiana coach Bill Lynch said. "The first half we really battled them and we battled some tough field position and it was 7-10 at half. We just couldn't get anything going offensively in the second half."








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    INDIANA 0 7 0 0 7
    PENN ST (7) 0 10 17 7 34 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: PENN ST - TD, DERRICK WILLIAMS 39 YD PASS
    FROM DARYLL CLARK (KEVIN KELLY
    KICK), 2:51. PENN ST 7-0
    INDIANA - TD, MARCUS THIGPEN 57 YD RUN
    (AUSTIN STARR KICK), 3:36.
    INDIANA 7-7
    PENN ST - FG

    Nov 15 3:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PENN ST
    DERRICK WILLIAMS 36 YD RUN
    (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
    INDIANA 7
    PENN ST (7) 34 7:32 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Indiana 7, Penn State(3) 34  4th - 7:32Nov 15 2:49 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    INDIANA 0 7 0 7
    PENN ST (7) 0 10 17 27 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: PENN ST - TD, DERRICK WILLIAMS 39 YD PASS
    FROM DARYLL CLARK (KEVIN KELLY
    KICK), 2:51. PENN ST 7-0
    INDIANA - TD, MARCUS THIGPEN 57 YD RUN
    (AUSTIN STARR KICK), 3:36.
    INDIANA

    Nov 15 2:32 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PENN ST
    DEON BUTLER 7 YD PASS FROM DARYLL CLARK
    (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
    INDIANA 7
    PENN ST (7) 27 2:31 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Indiana 7, Penn State(3) 27  3rd - 2:31Nov 15 2:26 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG PENN ST
    KEVIN KELLY 36 YD
    INDIANA 7
    PENN ST (7) 20 8:20 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Indiana 7, Penn State(3) 20  3rd - 8:20Nov 15 2:06 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PENN ST
    EVAN ROYSTER 19 YD RUN
    (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
    INDIANA 7
    PENN ST (7) 17 11:51 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Indiana 7, Penn State(3) 17  3rd - 11:51Nov 15 1:55 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    INDIANA 0 7 7
    PENN ST (7) 0 10 10 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: PENN ST - TD, DERRICK WILLIAMS 39 YD PASS
    FROM DARYLL CLARK (KEVIN KELLY
    KICK), 2:51. PENN ST 7-0
    INDIANA - TD, MARCUS THIGPEN 57 YD RUN
    (AUSTIN STARR KICK), 3:36.
    INDIANA 7-7
    PENN

    Nov 15 1:26 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG PENN ST
    KEVIN KELLY 32 YD
    INDIANA 7
    PENN ST (7) 10 0:05 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Indiana 7, Penn State(3) 10  2nd - 0:05Nov 15 1:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD INDIANA
    MARCUS THIGPEN 57 YD RUN
    (AUSTIN STARR KICK)
    INDIANA 7
    PENN ST (7) 7 11:24 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Indiana 7, Penn State(3) 7  2nd - 11:24Nov 15 12:51 PM
  • cmp1968 Why the hell is this not on TV?

    Indiana 0, Penn State(3) 7  2nd - 12:09Nov 15 12:49 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PENN ST
    DERRICK WILLIAMS 39 YD PASS FROM DARYLL CLARK
    (KEVIN KELLY KICK)
    INDIANA 0
    PENN ST (7) 7 12:09 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Indiana 0, Penn State(3) 7  2nd - 12:09Nov 15 12:46 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    INDIANA 0 0
    PENN ST (7) 0 0 END, 1ST QTR

    Nov 15 12:37 PM
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    cmp1968 Added 5 roots

    Indiana 0, Penn State(3) 0  1st - 6:32Nov 15 12:31 PM
  • 10
    roots
    GREGnKY Added 5 roots

    Indiana vs. Penn State(3)Nov 15 9:56 AM
  • 5
    roots
    Lemonman Added 5 roots

    Indiana vs. Penn State(3)Nov 15 1:48 AM