Friday, March 31

Penn State 17, Northwestern 7: What We Learned in the Rain

STATE College, Pa. | Penn State was just fine leaving a soaked Beaver Stadium with a 17-7 win over Northwestern, which marked the team’s ugliest game of the season.

The No. 11 Lions (5-0) committed a season-high four turnovers (400 percent more than in its first four games combined) and labored to generate consistent offense in a first-half driving rain. But the defense pinched Northwestern, holding it without a first down until the second quarter, and forced three turnovers of its own.

With that mess behind it, Penn State is 5-0 for the second consecutive season and looks forward to a week off before beginning its October gauntlet with an Oct. 15 visit to Michigan.

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