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Penn State Defense Prevails over Offense, 17-13, in 2022 Blue-White Game

In a non-traditional format, Penn State’s defense beat Penn State’s offense, 17-13, before an announced crowd of 62,000 at the 2022 Blue-White game.

Coach James Franklin decided to break up the game into eight official sections. Some periods were goalline and point after try drills and 7-on-7 segments that didn’t count on the scoreboard. The scoring system looked like this:

DEFENSE

  • Defensive touchdown— 7 points
  • Safety— 2 points
  • Fumble recovery— 2 points
  • Interception— 3 points
  • 3-and-out— 2 points
  • Sack— 2 points
  • Forced punt— 1 point

OFFENSE

  • Touchdown— 6 points
  • Extra point— 1 point
  • Field goal— 3 points

With a 13-yard touchdown pass from Sean Clifford to Western Kentucky transfer Mitchell Tinsley, the offense struck first. The defense got four points thanks to two three-and-outs and subsequent punts. Manny Diaz’s unit tied the score when Bobby Walchak intercepted a Drew Allar pass. Walchak also had a sack in the game.

The defense got another point on a sack and two more on a subsequent three-and-out and punt.

After halftime, a three-and-out and punt put the defense up 13-7, and Sander Sahaydak kicked a field goal to make it 13-10. A sack by Nick Dawkins of Christian Velieuxx pushed the defense’s lead back to five.

The defense got three back in segment six on a Jake Pinegar field goal and trailed by two going into the last two segments. The defense held on for the win after a 4th and two pass fell incomplete.

Penn State’s next game at Beaver Stadium will be Sept. 8 against Akron.

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