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Former Penn State Defenders Making Big Plays in Primetime

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Jayson Oweh

Baltimore Ravens rookie outside linebacker Odafe Oweh recorded three tackles Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs and none were more important than his last tackle for loss.

With the Chiefs driving deep into Ravens’ territory late in the fourth quarter of a one point game, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes handed the ball off to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Oweh beat his assignment, forced his way into the backfield and knocked the ball out of Edwards-Helaire’s hands and jumped on the ball himself for good measure.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and the offense got the ball back and were able to salt the game away to pick up a big upset win thanks in large part to Oweh’s game-changing forced fumble and recovery.

It was the second week in a row that a former Penn State defender made a game-changing play late in a night game.

With Jackson and the Ravens attempting to drive on the Las Vegas Raiders last Monday, Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib rushed off from the outside, beating Ravens right tackle Alejandro Villaneuva and jumping on Jackson’s back to force a game-changing fumble.

A few plays later, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found a wide-open Zay Jones for the walk-off touchdown against the Ravens.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for former Nittany Lions defenders stepping up on primetime television, so it’s only fair to wonder who it’ll be next week. Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons does play next Monday.

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