Dec 5, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (14) throws the ball as Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Mike Tverdov (97) is flicked by offensive lineman Rasheed Walker (53) during the first half at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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Penn State cruises past Rutgers

Penn State rushed for 248 yards and quarterback Sean Clifford tossed a touchdown pass Saturday afternoon for the Nittany Lions, who won the 900th game in program history with a 23-7 victory over host Rutgers in a Big Ten game at Piscataway, N.J.

Keyvone Lee had 95 yards on 17 carries while Devyn Ford rushed 11 times for 65 yards and one touchdown for Penn State (2-5, 2-5 Big Ten), which has won two straight following the first 0-5 start in program history. Will Levis had 65 yards on 17 carries and Clifford finished 15-of-22 passing for 133 yards.

Noah Vedral was 17-of-30 passing for 113 yards and one touchdown for Rutgers (2-5, 2-5), which has lost five of its last six. Vedral also rushed for 56 yards, and Bo Melton had seven catches for 38 yards and one touchdown.

Penn State had a 14-2 edge in first downs in the first half, during which it outgained Rutgers 229-43. The Nittany Lions turned a fourth-down defensive stand — the Scarlet Knights went for it on fourth-and-1 from their 45-yard-line but Johnny Langan was tackled for no gain — into a five-play drive that ended with Clifford’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Parker Washington.

Following a three-and-out by Rutgers, the Nittany Lions marched 74 yards in 11 plays before Jake Pinegar booted a 30-yard field goal with 11:37 left in the second quarter.

Rutgers followed by again failing to convert a fourth-and-1 from its own 45-yard-line as Langan threw incomplete while being pressured. Penn State extended the lead to 17 seven plays later when Ford rushed around right end for a 7-yard touchdown.

Jesse Luketa recovered Vedral’s fumble on Rutgers’ second play of the second half and Penn State extended the lead to 20-0 six plays later on a 47-yard field goal by Jordan Stout.

An interception by Christian Izien at the Penn State 36-yard-line set up Rutgers’ lone score, Vedral’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Melton on fourth-and-goal with 4:56 left in the third.

Penn State put the game away with an 11-play, 89-yard drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters and ended with Pinegar’s 27-yard field goal with 7:27 remaining.

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