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Singleton, Allen, Defense Shine in Penn State Rout of Auburn

Photo by Penn State Athletics: QB Sean Clifford

Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton rushed for two touchdowns apiece, the defense forced four turnovers, and the defense forced six sacks as Penn State defeated Auburn by the score of 41-12 at Jordan Haire Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Auburn got on the board first on an Anders Carlson field goal. To cap off a nine-play, 33-yard drive that was preceded by a turnover on downs when they stopped Sean Clifford on a fourth down near midfield.

Penn State took the lead on their next drive on a seven-yard run by Clifford that capped off a nine-play, 75-yard drive. The drive featured a 14-yard first down catch to Mitchell Tinsley and a 16-yard run by Kaytron Allen.
Penn State led Auburn 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Auburn got back on the board on a 12-play, 67-yard drive that ended on a 22-yard field goal by Carlson.

Penn State extended the lead to 14-6 when Kaytron Allen scored on a three-yard run that capped off an 11-play, 68-yard drive that featured a 25-yard catch by Clifford on a double pass with Keandre Lambert-Smith.

On Auburn’s next possession Abdul carter forced a Sedrick Robinson fumble recovered by Jonathan Sutherland.
Penn State forced two turnovers in the first half and held Auburn to two field goals on two trips to the red zone as they took a 14-6 lead heading into halftime.

After a three and out by Auburn to begin the second half, Nicholas Singleton scored on a one-yard run on a three-play, 58-yard scoring drive that featured a 53-yard run by Singleton.

On Auburn’s next possession Ji’Ayir Brown forced a T.J. Finley recovered by Curtis Jacobs, that led to a 48-yard field goal by Jake Pinegar.

On Auburn’s next drive, Robby Ashford replaced an injured and ineffective Finley and drove the Tigers down the field to the red zone, and after an Abdul Carter sack, Brown intercepted a pass by Alford.

That led to Allen’s second touchdown of the game on a six-yard run. This was a part of a six-play, 48-yard drive, which Clifford connected on a 26-yard pass to Parker Washington. On that play, Clifford passed Christian Hackenberg for the second-most passing yards in school history.

On Auburn’s next possession, Jaquez Hunter scored on a 22-yard catch and run from a pass from Ashford to cut Penn State’s lead to 31-12 after the two-point conversion failed.

Penn State came back on their next drive as Singleton starts to make the case as the best running back in the country on a 58-yard touchdown run to cap off a four-play 75-yard drive to Penn State up 38 -12.

Penn State scored again on a 22-yard field goal on a drive that took nine plays and 65 yards on a drive that featured a 30-yard run by Devin Ford.

Penn State will play host to Central Michigan next Saturday in their final non-conference game of the season, while Auburn will play their conference opener when Missouri comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday.

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