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No. 13 Penn State uses late stand to hold off Pitt 17-10

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) The 126-year rivalry between No. 13 Penn State and Pittsburgh is going on indefinite hiatus for the second time in a generation. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi gave both sides something to chew on until they meet again, no matter how long the break lasts.

Down a touchdown with the ball at the Penn State 1 and less than 5 minutes on the clock Saturday, Narduzzi opted to attempt a field goal on fourth down instead of going for it. Alex Kessman's 19-yard kick clanged off the left upright, helping give the Nittany Lions the breathing room they needed to escape with a 17-10 victory.

''You need two scores to win the football game, unless you guys are playing for overtime,'' Narduzzi said. ''We're trying to win the football game.''

The 53-year-old Narduzzi joked before the 100th clash between the schools separated by 139 miles that the next time they face off, he'll either be retired or ''in a coffin.'' He was kidding at the time. The smile was gone as he tried to explain the rationale for taking the ball out of quarterback Kenny Pickett's hands three feet from tying it.

''Again, we can look back at all the calls, guys,'' Narduzzi said. ''All the armchair quarterbacks, you guys got those armchair desks there. It's easy to make those decisions. We were throwing the ball. We threw for over 300 yards.''

Yet needing just one to even it on the road late, the Panthers (1-2) came up short thanks in part to Penn State's defense. Pickett rolled out on first-and-goal at the 1 and threw the ball away while getting chased by linebacker Cam Brown. A read-option on second down went nowhere, with Pickett unable to churn past Garrett Taylor and Jesse Luketa. Brown harassed Pickett into an incompletion on third down and out trotted Kessman.

''Players, we're all in there saying `Let's go for it,''' said Pickett, who threw for career-high 372 yards. ''We all have confidence in (each other). I know my guys. I love them. They played so hard. It's tough. A loss like this is tough.''

The Panthers had one more chance to draw even, moving from the Pitt 16 to the Penn State 26. But Pickett's heave to Taysir Mack on the final snap was broken up by Brown and fell to the turf to give the Nittany Lions bragging rights for now and possibly forever. Penn State improved to 53-43-4 all-time against Pitt, including a 3-1 mark during a four-game renewal that began in 2016.

''We're happy to be 3-1 in the series, we're happy to be 1-0 (this week),'' Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said.

Leaving Pitt 0-1, something Narduzzi insisted won't linger even after instituting a media blackout for his players leading up to the game and admitting it would feel like ''winning the Super Bowl'' to beat the Lions for a second time in four years.

''A loss is a loss,'' Narduzzi said. ''It doesn't matter who it's to, when it is. It's a nonconference game. All our goals are still ahead of us. We've got a resilient football team that I love. We'll be fine. We'll be just fine.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Pitt: Five seasons into his tenure, the swaggering, aggressive defensive style Narduzzi cultivated during his long run as an assistant at Michigan State has finally become a part of the culture at Pitt. The secondary may be the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the defensive line looks capable even with starters Rashad Weaver and Keyshon Camp both done for the season with knee injuries.

Penn State: The offensive line had issues with Pitt's exotic blitz packages, allowing Clifford to be sacked three times and get hit hard a handful of others. That needs to be corrected with Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State still on the schedule.

CAGEY CLIFFORD

The Nittany Lions found the sledding far tougher following blowouts over Idaho and Buffalo to open the season.

Journey Brown ran for 109 yards and a touchdown and Noah Cain's 13-yard third-quarter sprint to the end zone gave the Nittany Lions the lead for good.

Sean Clifford completed 14 of 30 passes for 222 yards while spending most of the afternoon under heavy duress.

''He's a winner,'' Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth said of Clifford. ''Our whole team knew he's a winner from the start. We could tell in camp. He's not going to go down easy. You can keep hitting him, but he's going to keep getting back up.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Don't expect Penn State to inch closer to the Top 10 after being taken to the last play by a 17-point underdog.

END OF THE LINE?

While Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke and Penn State's Sandy Barbour haven't ruled out getting the schools back together down the line, for now there are no plans for a 101st meeting, giving the game in front of 108,661 an air of finality.

''It's a rivalry game. Chippy game. Crowd yelling stuff. And we're yelling back and going at it with the players on the field,'' Pickett said. ''It's a great game. I'm sure somewhere down the road they're going to bring it back. There's no reason not to.''

UP NEXT

Pitt: Welcomes No. 17 UCF to Heinz Field next Saturday. The Golden Knights drilled the Panthers 45-14 last year in Orlando.

Penn State: Off next week then opens Big Ten play by traveling to Maryland on Friday, Sept. 27. The Nittany Lions have beaten the Terrapins by a combined 104-6 in the last two meetings.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:50
92-J.Pinegar extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 5:55
21-N.Cain runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
88
yds
04:52
pos
10
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:26
98-J.Stout 57 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
48
yds
01:42
pos
10
10
Point After TD 2:08
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 2:15
22-V.Davis runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
78
yds
03:20
pos
9
7
Field Goal 7:23
97-A.Kessman 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
17
plays
85
yds
00:47
pos
3
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:31
92-J.Pinegar extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 4:34
28-D.Ford runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
98
yds
02:08
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 17
Rushing 1 5
Passing 17 11
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 5-16 4-13
4th Down Conv 3-3 1-1
Total Net Yards 382 368
Total Plays 76 62
Avg Gain 5.0 5.9
Net Yards Rushing 24 167
Rush Attempts 25 32
Avg Rush Yards 1.0 5.2
Net Yards Passing 358 201
Comp. - Att. 35-51 14-30
Yards Per Pass 7.0 6.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-14 3-21
Penalties - Yards 2-18 3-40
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-45.2 7-42.4
Return Yards 8 62
Punts - Returns 2-8 1-5
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-57
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 2/3 3/3
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 1/2 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Pittsburgh 1-2 0100010
13 Penn State 3-0 737017
358 PASS YDS 201
24 RUSH YDS 167
382 TOTAL YDS 368
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Pickett 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.6% 372 0 0 129.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.6% 372 0 0 129.9
K. Pickett 35/51 372 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Jacques-Louis 18 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
S. Jacques-Louis 1 9 0 9
K. Pickett 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 7 0
K. Pickett 9 7 0 7
V. Davis 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 6 1
V. Davis 4 6 1 8
A. Davis 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 5 0
A. Davis 8 5 0 3
V. Carter 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -1 0
V. Carter 2 -1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Mack 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
12 125 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 125 0
T. Mack 12 125 0 29
A. Davis 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 94 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 94 0
A. Davis 7 94 0 48
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 43 0
M. Ffrench 8 43 0 16
N. Griffin-Stewart 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 39 0
N. Griffin-Stewart 2 39 0 36
T. Tipton 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 28 0
T. Tipton 2 28 0 17
D. Butler-Jenkins 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 27 0
D. Butler-Jenkins 1 27 0 27
A. Mathews 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
A. Mathews 2 17 0 15
W. Gragg 10 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
W. Gragg 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Ford 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
P. Ford 8-2 0.0 0
D. Hamlin 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
D. Hamlin 6-1 0.0 0
S. Brightwell 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
S. Brightwell 5-0 0.0 0
K. Johnson 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
K. Johnson 4-2 0.0 0
J. Twyman 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.5
J. Twyman 4-2 1.5 0
P. Campbell III 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
P. Campbell III 3-1 1.0 0
H. Baldonado 87 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
H. Baldonado 2-2 0.0 0
D. Mathis 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Mathis 2-0 0.0 0
J. Stocker 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Stocker 2-0 0.0 0
C. Pine 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Pine 1-0 0.0 0
D. Alexandre 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Alexandre 1-0 0.0 0
D. Jackson 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0
E. Reynolds 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
E. Reynolds 1-2 0.5 0
D. Danielson 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Danielson 1-1 0.0 0
A. Watts 34 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
A. Watts 0-2 0.0 0
C. Bright 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Bright 0-1 0.0 0
P. Jones II 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
P. Jones II 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Kessman 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/2 1/1
A. Kessman 1/2 25 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Christodoulou 98 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 45.2 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 45.2 4
K. Christodoulou 6 45.2 4 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 8 0
M. Ffrench 2 4.0 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Clifford 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.7% 222 0 0 108.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.7% 222 0 0 108.8
S. Clifford 14/30 222 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Brown 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 109 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 109 0
J. Brown 10 109 0 85
N. Cain 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 40 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 40 1
N. Cain 6 40 1 13
D. Ford 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 9 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 9 1
D. Ford 5 9 1 3
S. Clifford 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 5 0
S. Clifford 7 5 0 13
R. Slade 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
R. Slade 4 4 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Hamler 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 68 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 68 0
K. Hamler 3 68 0 53
R. Slade 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 42 0
R. Slade 2 42 0 40
J. Shorter 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 29 0
J. Shorter 2 29 0 18
J. Dotson 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
J. Dotson 2 21 0 13
J. Brown 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 16 0
J. Brown 1 16 0 16
P. Freiermuth 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 16 0
P. Freiermuth 1 16 0 16
N. Cain 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 0
N. Cain 1 13 0 13
D. Ford 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
D. Ford 1 9 0 9
C. Sullivan-Brown 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
C. Sullivan-Brown 1 8 0 8
N. Bowers 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Bowers 0 0 0 0
M. Hippenhammer 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Hippenhammer 0 0 0 0
D. Chisena 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Chisena 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Parsons 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
M. Parsons 9-0 0.0 0
G. Taylor 17 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
G. Taylor 7-0 0.0 0
C. Brown 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
C. Brown 7-0 1.0 0
S. Simmons 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
S. Simmons 4-0 0.0 0
D. Johnson 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Johnson 4-0 0.0 0
J. Johnson 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
J. Johnson 4-1 1.0 0
T. Castro-Fields 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
T. Castro-Fields 3-2 0.0 0
S. Toney 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
S. Toney 3-2 1.0 0
L. Wade 38 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
L. Wade 2-1 0.0 0
J. Reid 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Reid 2-1 0.0 0
A. Shelton 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Shelton 2-0 0.0 0
J. Sutherland 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Sutherland 2-1 0.0 0
T. Gordon 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
T. Gordon 2-1 0.0 0
R. Slade 3 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Slade 1-0 0.0 0
J. Luketa 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Luketa 1-1 0.0 0
E. Brooks 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Brooks 1-0 0.0 0
P. Mustipher 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Mustipher 1-0 0.0 0
R. Windsor 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
R. Windsor 1-2 0.0 0
K. Ellis 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Ellis 1-0 0.0 0
F. Hansard 53 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
F. Hansard 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Stout 98 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/1 0/0
J. Stout 1/1 57 0/0 3
J. Pinegar 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
0/0 2/2
J. Pinegar 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Gillikin 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 42.4 6
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 42.4 6
B. Gillikin 7 42.4 6 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Hamler 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 19.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 19.0 24 0
K. Hamler 3 19.0 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Hamler 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
K. Hamler 1 5.0 5 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PITT 25 0:25 3 3 Punt
10:13 PITT 13 2:39 6 50 Punt
4:31 PITT 25 1:12 3 9 Punt
0:59 PITT 8 0:47 17 85 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:35 PITT 22 3:20 9 78 TD
0:07 PITT 25 0:06 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:01 PITT 19 2:09 6 17 Punt
5:50 PITT 25 2:12 6 15 Punt
1:00 PITT 11 0:40 9 41 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:53 PITT 34 3:50 10 85 FG Miss
2:06 PITT 16 1:57 10 58 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:57 PSU 26 3:10 7 30 Punt
6:42 PSU 2 2:08 6 98 TD
2:39 PSU 4 1:36 4 52 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:38 PSU 24 0:59 3 1 Punt
2:08 PSU 13 1:42 10 48 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:01 PSU 21 0:00 6 66 Punt
10:47 PSU 12 4:52 13 88 TD
3:23 PSU 30 1:48 5 21 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:34 PSU 15 2:07 5 20 Punt
4:59 PSU 20 2:45 5 25 Punt