[Photo Story] Penn State vs. Indiana
Penn State football returned to Beaver Stadium for a conference battle against Indiana Saturday and walked away with a 33-24 victory. The margins were a lot closer than what many Nittany Lion fans were hoping for, but at the end of the day, a win is a win.
Our photographers were on the scene to cover all of the gameday action. Let’s take a look at how the game unfolded.
The team arrived at Beaver Stadium with military-inspired Penn State caps and navy blue tracksuits.
Ahead of the noon kickoff, the Nittany Lions hit the turf to prepare for the campaign against the Hoosiers.
The late-October matchup was Penn State’s Military Appreciation game, which featured a flyover by the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Air National Guard in Middletown, Pennsylvania, and two Nittany Lion alumni on crew.
Wide receiver Kaden Saunders exited the tunnel hoisting the American flag, which he presented to his father at midfield, a 27-year Army veteran.
After the patriotic pregame events, James Franklin’s group took the field.
Indiana notched the scoreboard first with a 90-yard touchdown on the visitors’ third possession. In the following possession, the Hoosiers muffed a punt, which ultimately led the a nine-yard touchdown reception by Khalil Dinkins to tie the game at seven.
Indiana launched another 69-yard touchdown pass to take the lead, but Nick Singleton converted a two-yard touchdown to match the Hoosiers at 14.
A Jaylen Reed pick aided Penn State next trio of points after he returned the ball to the Hoosiers’ 43-yard line, which led to Alex Felkins converting a 50-yard field goal just before halftime.
The Nittany Lions scored their first points of the second half when Drew Allar connected with Theo Johnson in the end zone for a 16-yard Penn State touchdown.
A nerve-wracking second half led to a 24-24 scoreline late in the fourth quarter, setting up a chance for the Nittany Lions to win the game in the final minutes. Allar connected with KeAndre Lambert-Smith on a 57-yard deep pass that led to a Penn State victory.
Dani Dennis-Sutton tacked on a pair of insurance points with about two minutes remaining in the game. The defensive end manufactured a strip-sack-turned-safety to close the game with a final score of 33-24.
Sweet, sweet victory.
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