Penn State 7, App State 0: App State stopped PSU on third-and-1 at its own 34 on the opening series, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on DB Desmond Franklin kept the drive going for the Lions. They made the visitors pay by marching to the end zone, getting back-to-back 11-yard runs from Miles Sanders to moved into scoring territory. Trace McSorley kept it himself for a 12-yard TD with 12:02 to go in the first.
Penn State 7, App State 7: Darrynton Evans had a huge hole to run through on the kickoff, turned left and raced for a 100-yard TD with 11:48 left in the first.
App State 10, Penn State 7: The Mountaineers showed some impressive things offensively on their first drive, with QB Zac Thomas having time to throw and showing good accuracy. App State got to the 27 before a 15-yard chop block penalty pushed them back, but Thomas hit Malik Williams for 16 yards to the 21 to set up fourth-and-3. App State decided to kick and took the lead on a 38-yard field goal by Chandler Staton with 4:10 left in the first.
Penn State 10, App State 10: The Lions’ offense didn’t do much after the first drive, but it came to life taking over at its own 9 with 4:44 left in the half. McSorley hit TE Jonathan Holland for a 29-yard gain to the App State 47. PSU got in the red zone but faced fourth-and-3 from the 14 and decided to kick, with Jake Pinegar booting a 32-yard field goal with 12 seconds to go in the half.
Penn State 17, App State 10: The Lions looked sharp right out of the gate on their first series of the second half, with McSorley starting things by hitting Johnson for 17 yards. The QB hit Johnson two more times (7 and 15 yards) to keep the chains moving, the latter setting up first-and-goal at the 7. McSorley ran it in from 10 yards two plays later with 9:41 to go in the third.
Penn State 24, App State 10: PSU again moved the ball with ease on its next drive, going 72 yards for a TD. The drive started with a personal foul on App State, and McSorley hit Brandon Polk for 9 yards to convert a third-and-3 from the 50. Ricky Slade took a handoff up the middle, broke a tackle and raced into the end zone from 27 yards with 2:41 left in the quarter.
Penn State 24, App State 17: The Mountaineers hadn’t done anything offensively for more than two quarters before finally putting together a solid drive late in the third. They converted a fourth-and-2 from the PSU 24 when backup QB Peyton Derrick hit Dominique Heath for 22 yards to the 2. An illegal block penalty moved them back 15 yards, but Thomas returned from getting shaken up and tossed a 17-yard TD to Williams with 13:39 to play.
Penn State 31, App State 17: McSorley hit KJ Hamler on a 46-yard pass to the App State 5, and three plays later, Sanders scored from 2 yards out with 11:17 to go.
Penn State 31, App State 24: The Mountaineers started getting their passing game going midway through the fourth quarter, and Thomas connected with Williams for a 24-yard TD strike with 7:40 to play.
Penn State 31, App State 31: The visitors pulled off a perfect onside kick, recovering at their own 47, and got a 39-yard pass from Thomas to Corey Sutton down to the 1. Thomas scored on the next play to to it with 6:03 left.
App State 38, Penn State 31: Both teams went three-and-out on their next possession. App State pinned PSU at its own 4, and after holding, took over at the Lions’ 42 after a punt. Moore had runs of 10 and 8 yards, then scored on a 16-yard burst for the lead with 1:47 remaining.
Penn State 38, App State 38: The Lions got a 52-yard kickoff return from KJ Hamler to the App State 48. On fourth-and-2 from the 40 with the game on the line, McSorley threw a tad high to Brandon Polk, but the receiver hauled it in for 10 yards. McSorley hit Johnson for 14 yards, and two plays later, the QB found Hamler in the end zone for a 15-yard score with 42 seconds to go. App State missed a 56-yard field goal try in the closing seconds.
Penn State 45, App State 38: Sanders carried the ball four times, gaining 6, 11 and 4 yards before scoring on a 4-yard TD for the lead. Amani Oruwariye intercepted a pass in the end zone from App State to end the game.
— Compiled by Cory Giger