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Sean Clifford Passes Trace McSorley As Penn State’s All-Time Leading Passer

Penn State football has a new passing king, folks.

Sixth-year quarterback Sean Clifford has passed Trace McSorley as the Nittany Lions’ all-time passing leader. Clifford came into Saturday’s game against Maryland just 15 yards behind McSorley’s record of 9,899 career passing yards. The veteran signal-caller broke the record in the first quarter of Saturday’s home matchup.

After there were major questions during the week whether Clifford would make his 42nd career start in the Nittany Lions’ game against the Hoosiers, the sixth-year senior started again in the team’s return home.

On what was a rainy day in State College, Penn State relied on its running game early on against the Terrapins. However, on a third-down conversion attempt, Clifford found a wide open Brenton Strange near the sideline for a 16-yard gain.

Saturday, Clifford will have the chance to become the Nittany Lions’ first-ever passer to eclipse the 10,000 yard mark as well. To hit that milestone, the quarterback would need just 95 yards after the game’s first drive.

Clifford also recently broke all-time program records for passing touchdowns, completions, and attempts. He also boasts the highest all-time completion percentage (excluding those with under 50 attempts).

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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