No. 10 Nit­tany Lions sur­vive 45-38 in OT

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - College Football - The Associated Press

STATE COLELGE, Pa. — Amani Oruwariye in­ter­cepted a Zac Thomas pass in the end zone and No. 10 Penn State held on to beat Ap­palachian State 45-38 in over­time on Satur­day, ex­actly 11 years af­ter the Moun­taineers stunned Michi­gan in one of the big­gest up­sets in col­lege foot­ball his­tory.

Miles San­ders rushed 19 times for 91 yards with two touch­downs in­clud­ing the go-ahead score in over­time for the Nit­tany Lions (1-0). But Penn State let a 31-17 lead evap­o­rate when Ap­palachian State scored on three straight pos­ses­sions over 5:53 in the fourth quar­ter and things were tense in Happy Val­ley.

Penn State quar­ter­back Trace McSor­ley, who com­pleted 21 of 36 passes for

230 yards and ran for two scores, led a game-ty­ing drive that ended with a

15-yard touch­down pass to KJ Ham­ler with 42 sec­onds left.

Thomas, who re­turned from in­jury to lead his team's come­back, com­pleted 25 of 38 passes for

270 yards, threw for two touch­downs and ran for an­other for Ap­palachian State

(0-1). Jalin Moore ran 18 times for 88 yards and a touch­down and Ma­lik Wil­liams caught two touch­downs Penn State’s Juwan John­son (84) makes a catch in front of Ap­palachian State’s Clifton Duck (4) dur­ing the sec­ond half of Satur­day’s game in State Col­lege, Pa.

for the Moun­taineers.

In 2007, it was No. 5. Michi­gan fight­ing for its life at home against a Divi­sion I-AA team and when Corey

Lynch blocked Michi­gan's field-goal at­tempt it sealed a 34-32 win. No Divi­sion IAA team had ever beaten a team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll be­tween

1989 and 2006, and it's un­likely it had ever hap­pened be­fore. After­ward, the AP changed the way it con­ducted its poll, al­low­ing schools from all di­vi­sions to

be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive votes.

Fast for­ward to 2018 and it was an­other sto­ried Big Ten team on its heels against the Moun­taineers, a Sun Belt Con­fer­ence pow­er­house that went 8-4 a year ago.

Moun­taineers kicker Chan­dler Stan­ton added a field goal but missed a

56-yarder wide right with

20 sec­onds left. Jake Pine­gar kicked a 32-yard field goal for Penn State to tie the game 10-10 just be­fore half­time.

No. 17 West Vir­ginia 40, Tennessee 14: Will Grier got his Heis­man Tro­phy cam­paign off to an im­pres­sive start, throw­ing for 429 yards and five touch­downs as No. 17 West Vir­ginia de­feated Tennessee in Char­lotte, N.C., in a game de­layed for more than an hour at half­time due to light­ning.

Lead­ing 13-7 at half­time, the Associated Press pre­sea­son All-Amer­i­can turned up the heat in the third quar­ter, con­nect­ing on touch­down passes of 33 yards to David Sills, 28 yards to Gary Jen­nings, and 14 yards to Kennedy McCoy as the Moun­taineers opened a

33-14 lead.

Grier, who grew up in the Char­lotte area and once threw for 10 TD passes in a high school play­off game, was 14 of 19 for 275 yards and four TDs in the sec­ond half.

Sills had seven grabs for

140 yards and two touch­downs af­ter 18 TD re­cep­tions last sea­son.


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