Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EST
Date: Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021
Location: Beaver Stadium (106,572; Natural Grass) – University Park, Pa.
TV: ABC: Sean McDonough (p-b-p), Todd Blackledge (analyst) & Molly McGrath (sideline)
Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 113, XM 196, SXM App 958: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith
INDIANA STAT LEADERS
Michael Penix Jr.: 77-140, 821 Yds, 4 TD, 6 INT
Stephen Carr: 87-336, 3 TD, 3.9 Avg
Ty Fryfogle: 21-224, 1 TD, 10.7 Avg
LB Micah McFadden: 19 T, 2 S, 5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR
DL Ryder Anderson: 21 T, 3 S, 5.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 QBH
LB Cam Jones: 20 T, 1 S, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 PBU
PENN STATE STAT LEADERS
Sean Clifford: 86-120, 1158 Yds, 8 TD, 2 INT
Noah Cain: 48-164, 3 TD, 3.4 Avg
Jahan Dotson: 27-362, 4 TD, 13.4 Avg
LB Brandon Smith: 27 T, 4 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH
LB Ellis Brooks: 22 T, 1 S, 1 TFL
DE Arnold Ebiketie: 19 T, 2 S, 4.5 TFL, 4 QBH
SETTING THE SCENE • –/RV Indiana (2-2, 0-1 B1G East) closes out its two-game road trip at No. 4/6 Penn State (4-0, 1-0 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST at Beaver Stadium (106,572; Natural Grass) on ABC. • IU defeated No. 8/7 Penn State, 36-35, in overtime to kick off the 2020 season on Oct. 24. • The Hoosiers win over the Nittany Lions was the sixth against a Top-10 opponent in program history. • Indiana is 7-3 in its last 10 road games. • Redshirt senior Peyton Hendershot collected 100 yards in the win at Western Kentucky last weekend to become the first IU tight end since Dave Lilja in 1985 and just the fifth overall to reach the century mark.
THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-24 (.520) in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15) • James Franklin is 64-28 (.696) in his eighth season at Penn State. Franklin served as Vanderbilt head coach (2011-13) and carries an overall record of 88-43 (.672).
NEWS & NOTES • Indiana is 16-9 overall and 11-6 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019. • IU’s 16 wins share fourth and 11 victories are fourth in the B1G during that span. • The Hoosiers have won 11 of its last 15 league games. • Indiana was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969. • IU appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11thstraight week, a program record. • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • Indiana’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • IU has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).
PENN STATE NOTES:
PENN STATE HOSTS INDIANA FOR B1G MATCHUP • OPENING KICK: No. 4/6 Penn State battles Indiana on Saturday in Beaver Stadium in a key Big Ten East matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The 2021 season is presented by PSECU. • SERIES HISTORY: The Nittany Lions will meet Indiana for the 25th matchup in the series. Penn State had a six-game win streak snapped with a 36-35 overtime setback in 2020. The Nittany Lions out-gained Indiana, 488-211. Sean Clifford threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 119 yards and a score. Jahan Dotson caught four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. • CLIFFORD EARNS B1G HONOR: Sean Clifford was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week following his 401-yard, four-touchdown performance against Villanova. Both numbers were career highs for Clifford. The senior completed seven passes of 20 or more yards. • CLIFFORD-DOTSON CONNECTION:Sean Clifford and Jahan Dotson connected on a 52-yard touchdown on Penn State’s first offensive play against Villanova. It marked the 16th passing touchdown between the duo. They trail only Todd Blackledge-Kenny Jackson (17) as the top QB-WR touchdown pair in Penn State history. Among current FBS players, they are only trailing Iowa State’s Brock Purdy-Charlie Kolar (17). • DYNAMIC DUO: Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington each went over the 100-yard receiving mark against Villanova. Dotson had seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown, while Washington had five catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Dotson (27 rec, 362 yards, 4 TD) and Washington (23, 301, 2) are the only receiver duo in the Power Five with at least 23 receptions and 300 receiving yards this season. • STRONG SECONDARY: Penn State did not allow an opponent passing touchdown through the first 147 passing attempts faced this season, the most in the FBS in 2021, and the first 15 quarters of the season. Ji’Ayir Brown recorded his second interception of the season and Penn State’s fifth of the season against Villanova. Penn State has at least five interceptions in the first four games of a season for the third time in the James Franklin era. • THE OPPOSITION: Indiana is 2-2 this season. The Hoosiers are coming off a 33-31 win at Western Kentucky. Michael Penix Jr. completed 35-of-53 passes for 373 yards. Stephen Carr rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Charles Campbell hit four field goals, including a 46- and a 48-yarder. Micah McFadden led the defense with 12 tackles and a sack.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS • Indiana is 2-2 this season after a 33-31 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday. The Hoosiers’ other win came against Idaho, 56-14. • Indiana ranks seventh in the Big Ten in scoring offense (29.8), 10th in total offense (363.5), seventh in passing offense (228.0) and 11th in rushing offense (135.5). • QB Michael Penix Jr. has completed 55 percent of his passes for 821 yards and four touchdowns. Penix also has two rushing touchdowns. • RB Stephen Carr has rushed for 336 yards and three scores, while WR Ty Fryfogle has made 21 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown. • The Hoosiers sit 14th in the Big Ten in scoring defense (29.2), 10th in total defense (340.0), fourth in rushing defense (111.0) and 11th in passing defense (229.0). • S Raheem Layne paces the Hoosiers with 22 tackles, while DE Ryder Anderson has 21 stops, including 5.5 for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. LB Micah Mcfadden has 19 tackles with five for loss and two sacks to go with two forced fumbles. • K Charles Campbell has converted all seven field goal attempts this season, including four of 40+ yards.
Sean Clifford accounted for four touchdowns, including a late go-ahead touchdown pass and an overtime touchdown throw, but Indiana rallied with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the extra frame to defeat No. 8/7 Penn State, 36-35. Penn State was led by Clifford, who accounted for four touchdowns and 357 yards of total offense. Pat Freiermuth caught seven passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jahan Dotson had four catches for 94 yards, including a late 60-yard touchdown reception. Defensive end Shaka Toney led the Penn State defense with seven tackles and two sacks. Safety Lamont Wade recovered a fumble and made his first career interception. Penn State outgained Indiana 488-211 in total offense yards. Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. went 19-for-36 passing for 170 yards with a touchdown throw in overtime and two successful two-point conversion rushes – one to force overtime and one to win the game – while running back Stevie Scott III rushed for two touchdowns in the first half. With Penn State trailing by six late in the fourth quarter, Clifford found Dotson over the middle for a 60-yard touchdown strike and a 21-20 Penn State lead. Then after stopping Indiana on fourth down, running back Devyn Ford rushed for a touchdown with 1:42 remaining for a 28-20 advantage. However, Indiana’s Penix led the Hoosiers on a game-tying touchdown drive, rushing for both the touchdown and ensuing two-point attempt. In overtime, Clifford threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Parker Washington in overtime for a 35-28 Nittany Lion lead, but Penix answered with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Whop Philyor on Indiana’s possession and the Hoosiers elected to go for two to decide the game. Penix ran left and dove, extending the football towards the pylon, making contact with both it and the ground out of bounds, for what was ruled a touchdown. The play was reviewed, but the call stood.