Allar’s pass to Lambert-Smith and a clutch sack by Dani Dennis-Sutton that led to a safety helped Penn State to averting an upset as Penn State beats Indiana 33-24 of Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
After an exchange of three and outs to start the game, Indiana got on the board first when Brendan Sorsby connected with DeQuence Carter on a 90-yard touchdown pass.
Penn State answered after a punt muff by Indiana on a Drew Aller pass to Khalil Dinkins on a nine-yard touchdown reception that took seven plays and 52 yards,
The score was tied at seven at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Indiana went back on top when on the first play of the drive Sorsby connected with Donavan McCulley on a 69-yard touchdown pass connection.
On the next drive, Penn State had the misfortune of KeAndre Lambert-Smith dropping a sure first down catch, and Alex Felkins missing a 51-yard field goal.
After an exchange of punts, Penn State evened the score when Nicholas Singleton scored on a two-yard touchdown run, which capped off a nine-yard, 59-yard drive that was highlighted by a 28-yard reception by Singleton.
On Indiana’s ensuing passion Sorsby threw an interception to Jaylen Reed, which led to a 50-yard field goal Felkins to end the half.
Penn State led 17-14 at halftime.
On the first drive of the second half, Theo Johnson scored a 16-yard touchdown that capped off a 12-play, 75-yard drive.
On the ensuing possession, Indiana had its first sustained drive of the day, but Chris Freeman missed a 37-yard field goal.
Penn State led 24-14 at the end of the third quarter.
Indiana cut the deficit to three when Sorsby connected on a 25-yard pass to Omar Cooper Jr., which capped off a 12-play 80-yard drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters.
After an exchange of punts, Allar threw his first collegiate interception when he threw the ball, which led to a 35-yard field goal by Freeman.
However, Allar responded by connecting with Lambert-Smith on a 57-yard touchdown pitch and catch.
Penn State sealed the game whenDennis-Sutton sacked Sorsby and forced a fumble, and the ball rolled into the end zone for a safety.
Penn State will travel to Maryland next weekend, while Indiana will host Wisconsin.