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Rutgers was trying to beat Penn State for the first time since 1988, but couldnt get it done.
Rutgers football vs. Penn State: Game result and analysis Asbury Park Press

“It felt really good to be back out there,” Vedral said. “I missed being with my guys, so I was really excited. I felt pretty good today.”

Vedral played the entire game. Art Sitkowski never got in, while Johnny Langan had four carries for four yards and went 1-of-2 passing for nine yards.

The offense overall had a rough day, particularly up front.

“Give credit where credit is due,” Vedral said. “They have a good defense.”

Two fourth-down decisions prove costly

Twice Rutgers opted to go for it.

Twice the Scarlet Knights failed to convert.

And twice, Penn State capitalized.

The first came in the first quarter, after Rutgers actually forced a turnover on downs and started its drive at its own 24.

The Scarlet Knights got to their own 45 and had fourth-and-1. They put in Johnny Langan, who they’ve been using in short-yard situations, but Penn State stopped him for no gain and the Nittany Lions took over.

They needed just five plays to get in the end zone, with Sean Clifford (15-of-22, 133 yards) hitting Parker Washington with a 29-yard touchdown pass.

Big play Bo

Bo Melton has been one of the biggest playmakers of the season for Rutgers, and he delivered for the Scarlet Knights again on Saturday.

Christian Izien intercepted Clifford to get Rutgers the ball at the Penn State 36 early in the third quarter.

The Scarlet Knights later had fourth-and-goal from the 3 and went for it. Vedral rolled out to his left and heaved it in the end zone.

Somehow, despite two defenders closing in on him, Melton went up and managed to come down with the catch to put Rutgers on the board.

At the time it seemed like the score – along with the Izien interception – could be momentum-shifting plays.

But that turned out not to be the case.

Melton, who finished the game with 38 yards on seven catches, later had another improbable catch in the fourth quarter, leaping up over a defender and hauling in a 19-yard pass from Vedral to extend a drive that ultimately stalled.


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