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[Photo Story] Penn State vs. UMass

Despite a day of unforgiving weather in Happy Valley, Penn State dominated UMass 63-0 Saturday afternoon en route its second straight shutout in Beaver Stadium and a 6-0 record.

The Nittany Lions came to work and put on a show for the students, fans, and alumni in the 103rd Homecoming game.

Our photographers were on sight to capture the clean sweep, so let’s take a look back at the action.

The team arrived at Beaver Stadium suited up in ritzy blue tracksuits and were locked in for warmups.

After a shaky few first-quarter minutes featuring a fumble by Trey Wallace, cornerback Daequan Hardy fired up the crowd with a 56-yard punt return touchdown with four minutes left in the opening quarter.

Everyone always wants more of the Nittany Lion mascot, so why not have a few more? Former Nittany Lion mascots took on the field and shared their Penn State pride once again.

The second quarter was filled with celebratory touchdowns. Kaytron Allen, Drew Allar, and Tyler Warren each added numbers to the board to put Penn State up 28-0 at the half.

The defense tallied six sacks in the first half and kept UMass to a measly 26 yards through 30 minutes of play.

During halftime, Penn State’s Homecoming Court honorees were recognized, and the Guide State Forward Award winners were crowned.

Tomi Oluwaseun-Apo, De’jah Coates, and Samantha Brown were named the 2023 Guide State Forward Award winners.

After halftime, the Nittany Lions showed no signs of stepping on the brakes, and neither did the rain.

Allar connected with tight end Theo Johnson for two straight touchdown conversions out of the locker room to jump to a 42-0 lead with five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Hardy added another six points to the scoreboard and a second touchdown to his stat sheet with a 68-yard punt return conversion to jump to a 49-point gap between the Nittany Lions and the Minutemen.

Hardy became the first Big Ten player to record two punt returns for touchdowns since 2013, and he’s now one of 25 FBS players to return two punts in a game since 2000.

Penn State continued to dominate on both sides of the ball and closed out the fourth quarter with touchdowns from Trey Potts and backup quarterback Beau Pribula.

The Nittany Lions finished a spectacular performance with a score of 63-0 and covered the spread for the 13th straight game.

The team celebrated the win with a rainy rendition of the Alma Mater and some familiar faces.

The Nittany Lions remain undefeated and are locked in for their tough battle next week. Penn State will face Ohio State at noon on Saturday, October 21, at Ohio Stadium.

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Sophie Yadzinski

Sophie Yadzinski is a sophomore from Fairfax Station, VA studying Security and Risk Analysis. She loves Drake, Legos, and traveling. When she is not taking pictures you might find her teaching hot yoga or running. If you want to reach out to her, follow @s.yadzphotos or so3_yadz on Instagram.

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