Heartbreaking loss for Nittany Lions

Stewart Mandel’s Week 11 college football picks against the spread

Stewart Mandel’s Week 11 college football picks against the spread

Point out Faculty, PA - SEPTEMBER 07: Micah Parsons #11 of the Penn Condition Nittany Lions reacts just after generating a tackle Kevin Marks #five of the Buffalo Bulls for the duration of the next fifty percent at Beaver Stadium on September 07, 2019 in State Higher education, Pennsylvania.

The Nittany Lions received the opening kick but turned the ball over to Minnesota on their third play from scrimmage thanks to an Antoine Winfield Jr. interception. Minnesota's lead was 14-10 entering the second quarter, but an interception from Clifford - his second of the first half - gave the ball back to the Gophers.

Clifford, who went 23 for 43 for 340 yards and one score, connected with Jahan Dotson for 49 yards to get Penn State to the 11. Tanner Morgan had one of his most-accurate games, completing 18 of 20 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns.

Penn State is taking on Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, and at least for a few plays, they've been without their best defensive player.

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This was the most points Penn State had allowed all season, a feat the Gophers accomplished in the first half.

This is the most-anticipated game at Minnesota since October 10, 2003, when the 17th-ranked Gophers lost 38-35 at the Metrodome to 20th-ranked MI.

The Nittany Lions showed life on their next drive. Despite the score, Clifford was injured after he handed the ball off to Brown.

Clifford led Penn State on an impressive 47-yard drive into Gopher territory, but Jordan Howden picked off the redshirt sophomore to put the game away.

BEST DECISION Minnesota's offensive set pieces in the first quarter were marvelous exploitations of Penn State's weaknesses in the middle of the field defensively, no better executed than Morgan's 21-yard pitch-and-catch with Chris Autman-Bell for a 21-yard touchdown. Penn State won the most recent meeting in 2016, a 29-26 decision in overtime at home. Minnesota kneeled out the rest of the game for the victory.

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