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Penn State Quarterback Sean Clifford Leaves Game against Iowa in First Half

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford went into the locker room with an apparent injury midway through the second quarter of the Nittany Lions’ game at Iowa on Saturday.

Clifford went into the medical tent after Penn State’s 14-play, 66-yard field goal drive early in the second quarter, and went into the locker room during the ensuing Iowa possession. The injury appeared to occur on a hit to his left arm, and he remained in the locker room for the remainder of the first half. Clifford was 15-for-25 passing with 146 yards and two interceptions before the injury.

Sophomore backup quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson entered the game with 7:08 remaining in the second quarter, and his first possession resulted in minus-17 yards of offense after a fumbled snap and three consecutive false start penalties.

Prior to his hasty entrance at Kinnick Stadium, Roberson had only attempted seven passes in 2021, but did find the end zone on one of them with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Theo Johnson with 2:10 remaining in Penn State’s week two victory over Ball State in week two.

Roberson’s first pass attempt came from the shadow of his own goalpost on his second possession, and it was intercepted by Iowa defensive back Riley Moss with 1:31 remaining in the first half.

Clifford took the field with the rest of his teammates after halftime, but returned to the sideline without his uniform and in street clothes.

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