Auburn, Alabama – Nicholas Singleton and Kytron Allen They combined for 176 yards and four touchdowns as the Pennsylvania No. 22 beat Auburn 41-12 on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions’ freshman running backs played an important role in the red zone. Penn State (3-0) scored touchdowns in each of their first four runs at the 20-yard line. defender Sean Clifford walked 178 yards.
“Being able to be more balanced and take the pressure off the passing game was very important to us,” said Penn State coach James Franklin. “We also have some dynamic defenders who can help create an explosive game.”
The Pennsylvania State defense forced Auburn to throw four passes (2-1) and also pinned the Tigers star running back. Tank Bigsby up to 39 rushing yards.
Penn State led by one point late in the second quarter before Allen scored his first of two touchdowns. After Auburn started the third quarter with a three-out, Singleton broke the run for 54 yards and found end zone two plays later.
The Nittany Lions scored another 20 points in the second half to break away to a comfortable win in Auburn’s first game against a Big Ten rival at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“We’re disappointed with the game,” Auburn’s head coach said. Brian Hars said. “We are disappointed with the defeat. … You can look at the statistics. It’s pretty prosaic.”
Penn State: The Nittany Lions dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, which is a big step forward for Franklin’s program. Penn State still has time to grow given the number of rookies that are playing key roles this season.
Auburn: The pressure on Harsin will only increase. The loss was Auburn’s fifth in a row to the Power Five. Aside from four passes, the Tigers offense failed to organize a consistent rushing attack and allowed a lot of pressure on the passing game.
“The key, really, is how we deal with disappointment,” Harsin said. “… We still have a long season ahead of us. There is still a lot of football ahead.”
The 29-point win was Penn State’s second-highest lead over an SEC team, equaling a victory over Auburn in the 1996 Outback Bowl. The Nittany Lions’ biggest win over an SEC team came in 1978 when the team scored 30 points over Kentucky.
“In the history of the Big Ten, there haven’t been many teams that have gone on the road and won the SEC,” Franklin said. “So we’re very, very proud of it.”
LAND AND POUND
Penn State finished with 245 yards to Auburn’s 119. The Nittany Lions averaged 6.3 yards per carry, the most the Tigers have allowed since losing to Texas A&M in 2020.
“We’ve been emphasizing that all week, and we’ve managed to make (Auburn) one-dimensional to a certain extent,” Franklin said. “Obviously there are some things we need to fix in the passing game. But that was the plan. We wanted to give (Finley) the opportunity to beat us and I think we succeeded.”
Franklin called Auburn’s four losses to zero by Penn State “game history”. In three games this season, the Tigers haven’t scored a single win on defense and are currently minus 8 on turnover.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY
Penn State made its season debut in this week’s poll and is well positioned to move up after a big win on the road.
Penn State returns home to face Central Michigan next Saturday. Auburn hosts Missouri at the SEC opening next Saturday.
LINCOLN, Nebraska. A week after Nebraska fired the head coach. Scott FrostThe team’s defense coordinator is missing.
Chinander has led the defense of Nebraska since Frost took over the team in 2018, but his division suffered a setback this year as the Cornhuskers fell to 1-3. A week before a 49–14 loss to Oklahoma, Nebraska conceded 642 yards in a 45–42 loss to Georgia Southern that preceded Frost’s shot.
“We appreciate Eric, his work and dedication to our football program,” Joseph said in a statement. “At this time, I feel it’s in the best interest of the Nebraska football program to take the defense lead in a different direction.”
Special groups coordinator Bill Bush was appointed defense coordinator.
Athletic director Trev Alberts said after Joseph was named interim head coach that he would have the opportunity to make any changes he felt would be necessary. Alberts fired Frost after he went 16-31 in just over four seasons.
TEMPE, Arizona. Arizona fires football coach Herm Edwards in his fifth season following an ugly home loss to Eastern Michigan and a drawn-out NCAA investigation into illegal hiring practices.
Arizona State Athletic Director Ray Anderson announced the decision the day after the Sun Devils lost 30–21 to Eastern Michigan in the Mid-American Conference as favorites.
Edwards went 46-26 in Arizona, including 1-2 this season and 17-14 in the Pac-12. The Sunny Devils never won more than eight games in a season under Edwards.
Runner Coach Sean Aguano will act as a coach.
“We have made the decision to immediately change the leadership of our football program,” Anderson said in a statement. “By mutual agreement, Coach Edwards and I have decided that he will step down as our head coach. At the heart of this is a commitment to doing what is best for our current team, staff, and university. I understand the frustrations there. We must do better, and that starts with our decision today.”
The Sun Devils then start the Pac-12 game with three teams: No. 13 in Utah at home on Saturday, then No. 7 in Southern California and No. 18 in Washington.
Edwards managed to keep his job through the ups and downs of 2021, but another wobbly loss saw him miss three games of the season. The State of Arizona is still awaiting word of possible NCAA sanctions for alleged campus placement of recruits during the 2020 NCAA-mandated COVID-19 dead period.
Edwards, a former NFL head coach, was considered an unconventional collaborator when Crowe and Anderson invited him to lead the mid-level program. A former NFL agent, Anderson represented Edwards during his time with the New York Jets.
Edwards had spent the previous nine years as an NFL television analyst and had not been a college coach since he was a defensive coach at San Jose State from 1987-89.
The garrulous coach changed the narrative in his first few seasons at Tempe, proving himself a skilled recruiter and leading the Sunshine Devils to two straight games.
The goodwill did not last long.
Arizona State was hit hard by COVID-19 during the delayed 2020 season, finishing 2-2. The Sunny Devils opened the 2021 season 5-1 before suffering consecutive ugly losses, losing 56 consecutive points to Utah and Washington State.
Edwards was thought to be in the spotlight at the end of the season, but Anderson said he would remain as coach after a one-sided win over Arizona rivals.
Arizona State experienced an exodus of players and coaches during the off-season, losing five assistant coaches, 11 players drafted or signed by NFL teams, and many key players on the transfer portal.
Edwards rebuilt the Sun Devils primarily through a transfer portal, adding 43 new players to the roster.
The Sun Devils opened the season with an expectedly easy win over FCS rivals Northern Arizona and played well in the 8th seed in Oklahoma State before losing 34–17.
Arizona State looked to bounce back from Eastern Michigan but lost at home to a 20 1/2 underdog. The Sun Devils were unable to stop the Eagles defensively, suffered key penalties, and became the first Pac-12 school to lose to a MAC school.
“I’m probably more disappointed than anyone because I’ve been talking about this all week,” Edwards said Saturday night. “To the best of my ability, I can reach out to the team and say, ‘Dude, you can’t fall into this trap.’ And we did it.”