The 2-5 Indiana Hoosiers certainly gave the No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions a scare. Drew Allar threw his first career interception which opened the door for an upset as Indiana kicked a field goal to tie the game at 24-24 with 2:58 left in the game.
Then Allar responded with a deep bomb to KeAndre Lambert-Smith to retake the lead. Indiana had one last chance, but Dani Dennis-Sutton closed the game out with a strip-sack of Indiana quarterback Brendan Sorsby.
Dani Dennis-Sutton finished the game with five tackles. The Nittany Lions couldn’t turn the strip-sack into a touchdown, but they did knock the ball out of the end zone for a safety.
The safety turned out to be even better for James Franklin’s team. Indiana tried an onside kick after the safety, but Tyler Warren secured it.
Even without star pass-rusher Chop Robinson, Penn State was able to sack Sorsby three times. Daequan Hardy had a big sack early in the second half which forced an Indiana missed field goal to keep the game 24-14.
Beau Pribula closed the game out at quarterback to give help Penn State run the clock out, but Drew Allar was the star. He’s been criticized greatly for his lack of aggressiveness downfield. In the biggest moment, he threw a perfect deep ball down the sideline.
That throw was a response to the worst decision Allar has made all season. His first career interception was an ugly one and it nearly cost his team the game.
Allar surpassed 200 yards passing for the first time in five games. He finished 20 for 31 passing for 210 yards with three touchdowns to one pick. The Nittany Lions were outgained 349-342 by the Hoosiers who are now 2-6.