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PENN STATE HOSTS INDIANA FOR B1G MATCHUP
• OPENING KICK: No. 4/6 Penn State battles Indiana on Saturday in Beaver Stadium in a key Big Ten East matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The 2021 season is presented by PSECU.
• SERIES HISTORY: The Nittany Lions will meet Indiana for the 25th matchup in the series. Penn State had a six-game win streak snapped with a 36-35 overtime setback in 2020. The Nittany Lions out-gained Indiana, 488-211. Sean Clifford threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 119 yards and a score. Jahan Dotson caught four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.
• CLIFFORD EARNS B1G HONOR: Sean Clifford was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week following his 401-yard, four-touchdown performance against Villanova. Both numbers were career highs for Clifford. The redshirt senior completed seven passes of 20 or more yards.
• CLIFFORD-DOTSON CONNECTION:Sean Clifford and Jahan Dotson connected on a 52-yard touchdown on Penn State’s first offensive play against Villanova. It marked the 16th passing touchdown between the duo. They trail only Todd Blackledge-Kenny Jackson (17) as the top QB-WR touchdown pair in Penn State history. Among current FBS players, they are only trailing Iowa State’s Brock Purdy-Charlie Kolar (17).
• DYNAMIC DUO: Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington each went over the 100-yard receiving mark against Villanova. Dotson had seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown, while Washington had five catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Dotson (27 rec, 362 yards, 4 TD) and Washington (23, 301, 2) are the only receiver duo in the Power Five with at least 23 receptions and 300 receiving yards this season.
• STRONG SECONDARY: Penn State did not allow an opponent passing touchdown through the first 147 passing attempts faced this season, the most in the FBS in 2021, and the first 15 quarters of the season. Ji’Ayir Brown recorded his second interception of the season and Penn State’s fifth of the season against Villanova. Penn State has at least five interceptions in the first four games of a season for the third time in the James Franklin era.
• THE OPPOSITION: Indiana is 2-2 this season. The Hoosiers are coming off a 33-31 win at Western Kentucky. Michael Penix Jr. completed 35-of-53 passes for 373 yards. Stephen Carr rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Charles Campbell hit four field goals, including a 46- and a 48-yarder. Micah McFadden led the defense with 12 tackles and a sack.
HEAD COACH TOM ALLEN
• Tom Allen was named Indiana University’s 29th head football coach on Dec. 1, 2016. He made his head coaching debut in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl.
• Allen is 26-24 in his fifth year leading the Hoosiers.
• In 2020, Allen was named the AFCA National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year, by the coaches and media, after leading the Hoosiers to a 6-2 record and an appearance in the Outback Bowl.
• Allen joined Indiana as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season. He was a nominee for the 2016 Broyles Award, which honors college football’s top assistant coach.
• A 29-year coaching veteran, Allen was the defensive coordinator at USF in 2015, the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Ole Miss (2012-14), the assistant head coach at Arkansas State (2011) and the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Drake University (2010).
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
• Indiana is 2-2 this season after a 33-31 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday. The Hoosiers’ other win came against Idaho, 56-14.
• Indiana ranks seventh in the Big Ten in scoring offense (29.8), 10th in total offense (363.5), seventh in passing offense (228.0) and 11th in rushing offense (135.5).
• QB Michael Penix Jr. has completed 55 percent of his passes for 821 yards and four touchdowns. Penix also has two rushing touchdowns.
• RB Stephen Carr has rushed for 336 yards and three scores, while WR Ty Fryfogle has made 21 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown.
• The Hoosiers sit 14th in the Big Ten in scoring defense (29.2), 10th in total defense (340.0), fourth in rushing defense (111.0) and 11th in passing defense (229.0).
• S Raheem Layne paces the Hoosiers with 22 tackles, while DE Ryder Anderson has 21 stops, including 5.5 for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. LB Micah Mcfadden has 19 tackles with five for loss and two sacks to go with two forced fumbles.
• K Charles Campbell has converted all seven field goal attempts this season, including four of 40+ yards
• Penn State leads the all-time series, 6-3-1, against Villanova.
• The Nittany Lions are 171-96-12 all-time against current FBS and FCS Pennsylvania schools, including 19-straight home wins against Pennsylvania programs dating back to a 42-3 win over Temple in 1989.
• Penn State is now 116-79-12 all-time against current FCS programs.
• The Nittany Lions’ 429 passing yards mark the second-highest total in school history, behind only a 454-yard passing effort vs. UCF in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin in 2014.
• WR Parker Washington (148) and WR Jahan Dotson (117) became the first Penn State duo with 100 receiving yards in a game since KJ Hamler (119) and Pat Freiermuth (101) at Minnesota in 2019.
• QB Sean Clifford was 12-of-12 for 265 yards on the day when targeting Dotson (seven catches for 117 yards) and Washington (five catches for 148 yards).
• Penn State had four pass plays of 50 or more yards. It was Penn State’s first game with four plays of 50+ yards since Wisconsin in 2013
WIDE RECEIVER NOTES
•Senior Jahan Dotson leads a talented wide receiver room.
• Dotson began the 2021 campaign on the Biletnikoff and Maxwell Award watch lists. He’s also on the Paul Hornung Award watch list for the most versatile player in the country.
• Dotson (27 rec, 362 yards, 4 TD) and sophomore Parker Washington (23, 301, 2) are the only receiver duo with at least 23 receptions and 300 receiving yards among Power Five teams and one of two FBS duos, joining Fresno State’s Jalen Cropper (39, 455, 8) and Josh Kelly (23, 401, 2).
• Dotson and Washington are the only Power Five teammates with at least 23 catches, 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season and one of two duos in the FBS.
• The senior has a reception in 33-straight games, dating back to October 20, 2018 against Indiana, which ranks fifth among current FBS players.
• Dotson has at least one 20-yard reception in seven-straight games.
• Dotson has a touchdown reception in all four games this season.
• Dotson’s four receiving touchdowns lead the Big Ten and rank 11th in the country in 2021.
• Dotson’s 6.8 receptions per game are 16th in the country and second in the Big Ten.
• Dotson has a touchdown reception in five-straight games dating back to the Illinois game in 2020. He has reached the end zone in six consecutive games, including an 81-yard punt return against Michigan State in 2020.
• Dotson had a five-game touchdown reception streak in 2019-20 (Rutgers, Memphis 2019; Indiana, Ohio State, Maryland 2020).
• Dotson has five or more receptions in six-straight games, dating back to the Michigan State game in 2020. • Since 2000, Dotson and Allen Robinson are the only Nittany Lions to catch at least five passes in six consecutive games. Robinson did so in 2013.
• Dotson sits 11th all-time at Penn State with 1,937 career receiving yards. He’s also tied seventh in receiving touchdowns with 17 and 11th in receptions with 119.
• Dotson has five career receiving touchdowns of 60 or more yards (75 and 70 vs. Illinois 2020; 68 vs. Iowa 2020; 60 at Indiana 2020; 72 vs. Purdue, 2019).
• Dotson’s 16.27 yards per reception in his career is fourth among current Power Five receivers and seventh among FBS receivers with at least 100 catches.
• Dotson hauled in seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against Villanova, his eighth career 100-yard receiving game.
• Dotson had a 52-yard touchdown reception on Penn State’s first offensive play, giving him nine career touchdown receptions of 40 or more yards.
• Dotson’s eight career 100-yard receiving games ties him with Bryant Johnson (1999-02) for sixth-most at Penn State.
• Only two current FBS Power Five receivers have more career 100- yard receiving games than Dotson’s eight, Purdue’s David Bell (12) and Texas Tech’s Kaylon Geiger (11).
DEFENSIVE LINE NOTES
• The defensive line room has combined to play in 217 career games.
• Senior DT PJ Mustipher anchors the Nittany Lion defensive line room, having appeared in 38 career games and making 14 starts.
• A 2020 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection, Mustipher comes from a football family, as his father, Sam, played at West Virginia University and his brother, Sam, played at Notre Dame (2014-18) and is currently an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears.
• A 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Reese’s Senior Bowl watch lister, Mustipher has made 86 career tackles, with two sacks, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup.
• Mustipher was named to the Big Ten Equality Coalition in June 2020.
• Mustipher and redshirt freshman DT Coziah Izzard each recorded a solo sack against Villanova.
• Mustipher and redshirt senior DE Arnold Ebiketie tied for the defensive line lead with seven tackles against Wisconsin.
• Ebiketie joined the Nittany Lions after a four-year stint at Temple (2017-20) where he posted 59 career tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles.
• Ebiketie had an impressive Penn State debut with seven solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack, while also adding a blocked field goal.
• Ebiketie’s sack came at a crucial moment of the game, with the Badgers facing 2nd-and-10 at the PSU 25. Ebiketie recorded a 7-yard sack and forced an intentional grounding penalty.
• Ebiketie paced the defensive line with four tackles and a tackle for loss against Ball State.
• Senior Jesse Luketa has split time between defensive end and linebacker. He recorded eight tackles and a tackle for loss against Auburn.
• Redshirt junior DE Nick Tarburton had a career-high two tackles and recovered a fumble, the first of his career, in the second quarter against Wisconsin.
• Penn State added two experienced veterans to its defensive line during the offseason in Ebiketie and senior DT Derrick Tangelo.
• Tangelo recovered a fumble against Auburn.
• Tangelo, who has started all three games this season, came to Penn State from Duke, where he played in 45 career games (27 starts).
• He posted 114 career tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two QB pressures and a pass breakup.
• During the 2020 season with the Blue Devils, Tangelo recorded a team-best three forced fumbles to go along with 40 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks.
• John Scott Jr. is in his second season heading the Nittany Lion defensive line corps.
• Scott brings 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Penn State defensive line room with two additional years of coaching experience in the NFL.
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