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’Nova’s Will returns home

UNIVERSITY PARK — There was good news on a scary situation at the opening of the third quarter when Villanova’s Tyler Will was carted off the field after making a tackle during the Nittany Lions’ 38-17 win Saturday.

Will laid motionless during a 10-minute delay, with both teams taking a knee. When he was carted off, he received a standing ovation from the Beaver Stadium crowd.

He was taken to the Mount Nittany Medical Center, where it was reported he suffered a concussion but was alert and had full movement.

Will was injured tackling Penn State kickoff returner Devyn Ford.

“Update on Tyler is he’s doing OK, from everything we’ve heard,” Villanova coach Mark Ferrante said after the game. “We actually hear he might be coming back and joining the team to go home with us so that’ll be huge if that’s true.”

It was later reported that Will accompanied his parents back to Villanova.

‘Big-played to death’

Ferrante was pleased with how the Wildcats competed, though they struggled with the Lions’ overall team speed.

Penn State had four plays of 50-yards or more, three of which went for touchdowns.

“We got ‘big-played’ to death,” Ferrante said. “I think it was probably six big plays,obviously the opening play of the game and then a few other long plays.But I’m really proud of the way our defense played. I’m proud of the way our offense stuck in there and put a couple on the board at the end. And I think we’ll learn a lot from this.”

Not-so-strong finish

James Franklin was critical of the Nittany Lions’ finish as Penn State’s reserve defensive players allowed two touchdowns in the last 10 minutes.

“Our backup guys did not live up to the standard,” he said.

Clifford numbers

Sean Clifford’s passing total (401) was his fourth career 300-yard passing game, tying him for fourth all-time at Penn State with Kerry Collins (1991-94).

He moved into fifth place in the Penn State career passing chart with 5,890 passing yards, passing Daryll Clark and Tony Sacca.

And his four TDs gave him 49 for his career, second all-time after passing Matt McGloin and Christian Hackenberg, behind only Trace McSorley (70).

Notable

- Penn State’s game with Iowa on Oct. 9 has been announced as a 4 p.m. kickoff for Fox.

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