Penn State passes Michigan State behind Caitron Allen, Nick Singleton

DETROIT — Penn State relied on its two best offensive players to build a lead, then outscored Michigan State 42-0 on defense in the Big Ten regular-season finale Friday at Ford Field. They were overwhelmed with a crushing defeat.

The 11th-ranked Nittany Lions (7-2, 10-2) won 10 regular season games for the fifth time in eight years, all but clinching a spot in the New Year’s Six Bowl.

Running backs Caitron Allen and Nick Singleton combined for 340 yards from scrimmage, including 200 yards in the first half as Penn State led 13-0 (2-for-7, 4-for-8) against the Spartans. Scored a touchdown.

The Lions racked up a season-high 557 total yards and their largest margin of victory over the Spartans since 61-7 in 2002.

Drew Allard shook off an upper-body injury he suffered in last week’s game against Rutgers and completed 17 of 26 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns (one to Allen and one to tight end Theo Johnson). (including one to).

Backup quarterback Beau Pribula threw one touchdown to tight end Tyler Warren and ran for another, giving the Lions their most yards since their 63-7 rout of Delaware. .

It was Penn State’s third shutout of the season, the first since 1978 when the Lions shut out Ohio State, TCU and Kentucky. They held Michigan State to 68 yards and five first downs.

But it was Allen and Singleton who sparked the Lions’ explosive offense. Allen had a career-high 137 yards on 15 carries and caught three passes for 17 yards and a score. Singleton ran 18 times for 118 yards, one TD and had two catches for 68 yards.

Penn State racked up a lot of yards in the first half, but didn’t score as many points.

The Lions defeated the Spartans 308-100, driving inside the Michigan State 25 four times but resulting in only one touchdown and two field goals.

Their opening drive looked promising. Aller fired a 13-yard pass over the middle to Johnson, and the Spartans gained 28 yards, but a third-down sack forced Penn State to settle for Alex Felkins’ 49-yard field goal.

After an interception by Jalen Reed in the red zone, Allen sparked the next series with a 50-yard burst behind left tackle Olu Fashanu, his longest run of the season. Aller’s play-action pass completed 13 yards to Dante Cephas, giving the Lions a first down at the Michigan State 28. However, he was unable to overcome Warren’s false start. Felkins’ 40-yard field goal try hit the right upright.

Singleton started the action on the next possession. He took a short pass and connected on a 53-yard reception to the Michigan State 27. Johnson took it all the way to the 9th with a 22-yard catch, but another third-down sack led to another Felkins field goal, this one from 30 yards. They led 6-0.

Penn State finally reached the end zone late in the second quarter. Singleton caught a 15-yard pass and ran 20 yards to the Michigan State 24. Khalil Dinkins’ 11-yard catch and Singleton’s 9-yard burst set up a 2-yard scoring pass from Aller to Allen to make it 13-0 for the game. break.

The Lions held the Spartans to 15 rushing yards with three sacks and two other tackles in the backfield. Penn State passes Michigan State behind Caitron Allen, Nick Singleton

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