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Penn State rolls past Michigan State behind Kaytron Allen, Nick Singleton

DETROIT — Penn State relied on its two best offensive players to build a lead and then smothered Michigan State with its defense in a 42-0 rout in a Big Ten regular season finale Friday at Ford Field.

The 11th-ranked Nittany Lions (7-2, 10-2) completed their fifth 10-win regular season in eight years and all but clinched a berth in a New Year’s Six bowl.

Running backs Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton combined for 340 yards and two touchdowns from scrimmage, including 200 yards in the first half when Penn State took a 13-0 lead over the Spartans (2-7, 4-8).

The Lions finished with a season-high 557 total yards and posted its largest margin of victory over the Spartans since a 61-7 romp in 2002.

Drew Allar, shaking off an upper-body injury he suffered last week against Rutgers, completed 17-of-26 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns, one to Allen and one to tight end Theo Johnson.

Backup quarterback Beau Pribula threw for one touchdown to tight end Tyler Warren and ran for another as the Lions rolled up their most yards since a 63-7 blowout of Delaware.

Penn State posted its third shutout of the season, the first time that’s happened since the 1978 Lions blanked Ohio State, TCU and Kentucky. They held Michigan State to 68 yards and five first downs.

But it was Allen and Singleton who sparked the Lions’ explosive offense. Allen finished with a career-high 137 yards on 15 carries and caught three passes for 17 yards and one score. Singleton ran 18 times for 118 yards and one TD and made two catches for 68 yards.

Penn State piled up a lot of yards in the first half, but not many points.

The Lions outgained the Spartans 308-100 and drove four times inside the Michigan State 25, but wound up with just one touchdown and two field goals.

Their opening drive looked promising. Allar fired a 13-yard pass over the middle to Johnson to the Spartans’ 28, but a third-down sack forced Penn State to settle for Alex Felkins’ 49-yard field goal.

After Jaylen Reed’s interception in the red zone, Allen ignited the next series with a 50-yard burst — his longest run of the season — behind left tackle Olu Fashanu. Allar’s 13-yard completion to Dante Cephas on a play-action pass gave the Lions a first down at the Michigan State 28. But they couldn’t overcome a false start on Warren. Felkins’ 40-yard field goal try banged off the right upright.

Singleton got into the action on the next possession. He took a short pass and turned it into a 53-yard reception to the Michigan State 27. Johnson hauled in a 22-yard catch to the 9, but another third-down sack led to another Felkins field goal, this one from 30 yards for a 6-0 lead.

Penn State finally reached the end zone later in the second quarter. Singleton caught a 15-yard pass and then ran for 20 to the Michigan State 24. Khalil Dinkins’ 11-yard catch and Singleton’s 9-yard burst set up Allar’s 2-yard scoring pass to Allen, which made it 13-0 at the break.

The Lions held the Spartans to 15 rushing yards with three sacks and two other tackles in the backfield.

Source: Berkshire mont

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