Penn State Football game grades, MVP from White Out win over Auburn

Penn State's Brenton Strange (Image via York Daily Record)
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Penn State Football got a huge win on an even bigger stage Saturday night over the 22nd ranked Auburn Tigers in front of almost 110,000 fans all dressed in white at Beaver Stadium 

Penn State Football moves to 3-0 this season after defeating Auburn 28-20 on Saturday night in their annual white out game, a statement victory to the rest of college football.

Beaver Stadium was rocking as expected for the primetime affair, welcoming to town an SEC blue blood in the form of the Tigers, and it was a dogfight for the Nittany Lions who needed more defensive goal line stands to hold of Auburn in this one.

Penn State Football took a 14-10 lead into the half, but a dropped what would have been pick six by linebacker Brandon Smith, and an interception by Clifford before the half left you feeling about what could have been. However, the second half got off a dream start for James Franklin and his team.

An Auburn fumble led to a quick score, making it 21-10, but the Tigers stuck to the script and never abandoned the running game led by tailback Tank Bigsby. Leading 21-20 in the fourth, Penn State Football led by Sean Clifford executed a near flawless drive to extend the lead to 28-20 and never looked back from there.

It was a huge victory that vaulted Penn State Football to no. 6 in this weeks AP poll, so let’s give out some game grades and a MVP from Saturday night.

The Penn State Football Offensive Line 

Grade: A-

We are going to give this one out to the entire unit that is the offensive line, as they were spectacular in pass protection all night long.

Not only did they did not surrender a sack, but quarterback Sean Clifford was barely touched all night, and it started on the first play of the game, where Clifford just sat in the pocket for about eight seconds surveying the field.

It led to a career night for Clifford(more on that later) and was really one of the determining factor in the victory. Clifford has shown in the past he struggles with pressure, and allowing him the time they did led to his 28 of 32 for 280 and two touchdowns.

They still have yet to really get it going in the run blocking category, as Penn State Football only ran for 84 yards on 33 carries as a team, however they were good when they needed to be most down around the goal line, leading to two rushing scores from within the five yard line.

As they gel, the run blocking should get better, but credit Auburns stout group of linebackers for making it tough to run as well. Overall, this unit played as good of a game Saturday night as we have seen a Nittany Lion offensive line play under James Franklin.