Lions host bat­tered Boil­er­mak­ers

PSU won’t face 7 starters or key play­ers on Satur­day

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Mark Wo­gen­rich

Penn State re­turns home Satur­day to face Pur­due, whose coach de­liv­ered a grim in­jury up­date Mon­day.

The Boil­er­mak­ers will be with­out at least seven starters or key play­ers, most no­tably all-Amer­ica re­ceiver/re­turner Ron­dale Moore. The Boil­er­mak­ers lost Moore and quar­ter­back Eli­jah Sin­de­lar to in­juries on the same play in last week’s 38-31 loss to Minnesota.

Coach Jeff Brohm said that Sin­de­lar, a fifth-year se­nior, was sched­uled for surgery Mon­day for a bro­ken clav­i­cle he sus­tained against Minnesota. Moore was helped off the field af­ter get­ting a leg twisted on the same play.

Fur­ther, two of the team’s top de­fen­sive play­ers and cap­tains, line­backer Markus Bai­ley and tackle Lorenzo Neal, have not played this sea­son. Other play­ers out in­clude run­ning backs Tario Fuller and Richie Wor­ship.

Moore’s loss is huge for the Boil­er­mak­ers, who have stum­bled to a 1-3 start. The sopho­more was among the na­tion’s most ex­cit­ing play­ers last sea­son, when he was the first true fresh­man named a con­sen­sus all-Amer­i­can in Big Ten his­tory.

Moore, who also won the Paul Hor­nung Award as the na­tion’s most ver­sa­tile player, is Pur­due’s lead­ing re­ceiver this sea­son (27 catches, 369 yards). Brohm said he hoped the in­jury wouldn’t be sea­son-end­ing.

“You’ve got to play with the cards you’re dealt with, and that hap­pens ev­ery year,” Brohm said. “You know, we def­i­nitely want to do that and there’s no ex­cuses what­so­ever. There’s no com­plaints.”

Be­cause of the in­juries, Pur­due is a

25½-point un­der­dog to Penn State.

Penn State-Iowa set for prime-time kick­off: Penn State’s Oct. 12 game at Iowa is sched­uled for a 7:30 p.m. kick­off, the Big Ten an­nounced Mon­day. The broad­cast net­work will be de­ter­mined Oct. 6.

If both Penn State and Iowa win Satur­day (the Hawkeyes visit Michi­gan), the game likely will be picked by ABC’s prime­time crew. The teams would be 5-0 and ranked in the top 15. Fox Sports 1 or Big Ten Net­work also could have the broad­cast.

It will be Penn State’s third night game this sea­son. Penn State played a night game at Iowa in 2017, when quar­ter­back Trace McSor­ley hit re­ceiver Juwan John­son for a walk-off touch­down.

Sean Clif­ford rec­og­nized: Quar­ter­back Sean Clif­ford picked up Penn State’s first Big Ten player-of-the-week award of the sea­son.

Clif­ford was named co-of­fen­sive player of the week af­ter com­plet­ing 26 of 31 passes for 398 yards and three touch­downs in the Lions’ 59-0 vic­tory over Mary­land. Clif­ford, who also ran for a touch­down, threw for the most yards in a Big Ten road game in Penn State his­tory.

Clif­ford shared the award with Minnesota quar­ter­back Tan­ner Mor­gan, who was 21 for 22 for 396 yards and four touch­downs in a win over Pur­due.

Clif­ford be­came the first Penn State player to win of­fen­sive POY hon­ors in a year. For­mer run­ning back Miles San­ders claimed the award in Septem­ber 2018.

NICK WASS/AP

Penn State’s Sean Clif­ford was named Big Ten co-of­fen­sive player of the week af­ter throw­ing for 398 yards against Mary­land.

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