After Minnesota went into the break with a 24:13 lead, Penn State's visitors came in through a touchdown to 24:19 in the third quarter. In the final section, Seth Green rebuilt the lead with a run into the end zone.
Still, Penn State was not beaten. Just under eleven minutes before the end of the game, quarterback Sean Clifford's team was at the opposing 6-yard line and played the fourth attempt. But the weakly thrown pass from Clifford landed nowhere.
Clifford throws the crucial interception
Only 3:49 minutes before the end of the game, when Penn State was again at the opposing 6-yard line, the hoped-for touchdown managed by a run of Journey Brown, so Penn State was only with 26:31 lagging behind.
Minnesota's offense did not qualify for first down, giving Penn State a second-hand opportunity of 2:40. With a big play they came to the opposing 11-yard line, but were returned due to a rule violation shortly thereafter back to the 24-yard line. From there, Clifford threw the game-crucial interception in the arms of Daniel George.
Clifford had 340 passing yards and a touchdown pass but also threw three interceptions. Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan scored 18 of his 20 passes for 339 yards, threw three touchdown passes and remained without interception.
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