Late Penn State touchdown opens door for furious IN comeback

Penn State’s game of inches and miscues at Indiana provides a reality check

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IN coach Tom Allen acknowledged that the Hoosiers wanted Ford to score.

Penn State learned touchdowns aren't always the objective in football in its stunning 36-35 overtime loss to in on Saturday.

"We'd been close so many times, and I was exhausted of being close", Allen said.

"We just need to make those plays in those tight moments", Porter said.

"I feel like we played hard", Wade said. "If felt like the right thing to do". Game time, after all, is when players are supposed to fall back on their training, as James Franklin always. Only Wake Forest, at 63, had been longer.

Indiana, aided by a questionable facemask call, quickly marched down the field, scored, and successfully converted for two to tie the game.

They did it on a day Penix wasn't at his best. But his magical feet worked wonders when the Hoosiers needed him most.

"All I'd seen was an opportunity, an opportunity to go out and show the world what the Indiana Hoosiers are all about", Penix said. "They were playing man (coverage), and we've got to score to win the game so I wasn't going to let my team down".

"I was just seeing an open lane", Porter said. Upon further review, the call stood.

As we now know, Devyn Ford scored immediately after the stop to give Penn State a 28-20 lead.

IN was down 21-20 with just under two minutes left in the game and threw incomplete on fourth down at their 14 to turn the ball over to Penn State on downs.

If Penn State can duplicate Saturday's season-opening game at IN, it's going to be one entertaining season.

"We went through that situation this week. What we wanted to do was get as much as you can and get down".

Instead, Penix capitalized on the miscue. "I was surprised. I was hoping he wouldn't go down at the 1-yard line".

Penn State took a 7-0 on its first possession but fell behind 17-7 at halftime, thanks to three turnovers, including a pair of Sean Clifford interceptions. "When you think about all the things that happened and all the plays that had to be made to win this game, it's just fantastic".

Penn State congratulates Pat Freiermuth Saturday and celebrates the first touchdown of the season.

Rather than go down short of the end zone so his team could run out the clock, Ford went in for the touchdown on the first down play.

Indiana: This victory is a huge step for the program.

That the game was close at all was because of an opportunistic Hoosiers team taking advantage of uncharacteristic Penn State mistakes. "I'm disappointed in how the whole offense played today".

"It's turnovers and penalties", Franklin said. Buried in a timeshare since past year, he had a chance to have his moment.

Arguably the worst thing the Penn State offense did Saturday was the very thing it failed to do for two-plus quarters. Instead as Marshall lay motionless on the field, linebacker Jesse Luketa was ejected for targeting.



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