Penn State passes over Villanova, 38-17

Nittany Lions improve to 4-0; Indiana up next

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State improved to 4-0 on the season by beating Villanova, 38-17, Saturday afternoon before 105,790 at Beaver Stadium.

But the Nittany Lions can’t say they’re running over everybody.

Penn State came into the game as the next-to-worst rushing team in the Big Ten, and those numbers didn’t go up against the FCS Division Wildcats.

The Lions wound up with 80 yards rushing on 34 carries.

They did, however, move the ball effectively through the air as Sean Clifford threw four touchdowns passes — two to Parker Washington (52 and 23), one to Jahan Dotson (52 on the Lions’ first play) and one to KeAndre Lambert-Smith (83).

In total, Clifford completed 19 of 26 for 401 yards — an average of 21.0 yards per completion — and four TDs.

Washington caught five for 148 and Dotson seven for 117 as State’s receivers made plenty of yards after their receptions.

Villanova fell to 3-1 on the season.

There was good news on a scary situation after Villanova’s Tyler Will was carted off the field at the outset of the third quarter.

Will was on the field for a 10-minute delay, with both teams taking a knee. He was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where it was reported he suffered a concussion but was alert and had full movement.

Penn State, ranked No. 6, hosts Indiana next Saturday night at Beaver Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. for ABC.

Looking further ahead, the Lions’ game at unbeaten Iowa on Oct. 9 has been confirmed for a 4 p.m. kickoff for Fox.

The Mirror will have a full report and analysis in Monday’s Penn State Extra.

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