College football top games: Penn State vs. Purdue, Minnesota in action – FOX Sports

College football top games: Penn State, Pitt, OK State pick up wins - FOX Sports

Week 1 of the college football season started with a special Thursday night table of games.

Penn State went on the road and went down Big Ten an enemy Purdue35-31, and Minnesota close off visit New Mexico State38-0.

Previously, No. 17 Pittsburgh narrowly escaped West Virginia38-31, and No. 12 Oklahoma State stopped Central Michigan58-44, after the Chippewas came back from a 26-point deficit.

Here are the key plays from Thursday night’s action as Week 1 begins.

Penn State 35, Purdue 31


Penn State QB Sean Clifford made a clutch third-down play in the second quarter, connecting with a wideout Mitchell Tinsley for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions the lead and their first TD of the season.

Sean Clifford shows composure on Penn State’s opening TD

Sean Clifford shows composure on Penn State's opening TD

Sean Clifford escaped the pressure and threw an impressive touchdown to Mitchell Tinsley to help Penn State take an early 7-3 lead against Purdue.

Too hard

Purdue’s King Doerue ran right through the Penn State defense — stiff arm and all — on his way to the end zone, giving the Boilermakers back the lead 10-7 early in the second quarter.

Back to back

The Nittany Lions came up with back-to-back TDs before halftime.

First, Clifford fought his way into the end zone for six points. Then they capitalized turnover with a 67-yard TD courtesy of Brenton Strange.

King of the land game

Purdue’s Doerue helped close the gap to 21-17 in the third quarter with a smooth 2-yard TD run.


The teams were neck and neck after trading TDs, but Purdue took the lead in the fourth, 31-28, after Clifford’s pass was intercepted by a safety. Chris Jefferson and returned 72 yards to the house.

Chris Jefferson’s pick-six gives Purdue the lead

Chris Jefferson's pick-six gives Purdue the lead

Chris Jefferson helped Purdue regain the lead midway through the fourth quarter, thanks to his pick-six against Penn State.

Late-quarter surge

Clifford threw a TD to Keyvon Lee with just under a minute left, and that was enough as Penn State held on for the win.

Minnesota 38, New Mexico State 0

Hot start

Minnesota was first on the board thanks to a star runner Mohammed Ibrahimwho returned this year for a sixth season with the Golden Gophers.

Meanwhile, in Minneapolis…

Double trouble

Ibrahim started the second quarter the same way he started the first – with a score. Then, Minnesota snuck in another as the clock expired in the first half.

Just like that, the Golden Gophers jumped out to a 24-0 lead at the break.

More of the same

Minnesota continued to dominate the ground game, cashing in for their fifth rushing score of the night to seal the deal.

#17 Pittsburgh 38, West Virginia 31

Just the way he designed it

WVU had fear at quarterback JT Danielstransfer of Georgiarocked the snap, but things went well for the Mountaineers on this drive.


WVU took the lead in the second quarter when Bryce Ford-Wheaton turned on the jets for a 10-yard TD.

Full effort

WVU came up huge on special teams early in the third quarter, blocking a Pitt punt that resulted in a short field and a quick score for the Mountaineers.

Fighting back

Pitt answered with back-to-back scores to close out the third quarter. first, Daniel Carter found the end zone easily after massive gain of Jared Wayne. Then, Pitt regained the lead thanks to Rodney Hammond.

Rising to the occasion

Daniels connected with Ford-Wheaton again, this time for a 16-yard TD, followed by taking it in himself. sneak by QB on the Panthers’ next drive, good for a 31-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Down to the wire

Pitt fired back with two consecutive scores to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. QB Kedon Slovis found Israel Abanikanda for a 24-yard catch-and-run score. Then, the Panthers selected Daniels for the monster pick-six to win it.

MJ Devonshire captures JT Daniels in the Backyard Brawl

MJ Devonshire captures JT Daniels in the Backyard Brawl

MJ Devonshire intercepts West Virginia’s JT Daniels and takes it for the touchdown to give the Pitt Panthers the wild win in the Backyard Brawl.

No. 12 Oklahoma State 58, Central Michigan 44

House call!

Oklahoma State was first on the board when John Paul Richardson broke off for a monster 45-yard touchdown off a quick QB pass Spencer Sanders.

John Paul Richardson shows off his athleticism in a 45-yard TD

John Paul Richardson shows off his athleticism in a 45-yard TD

John Paul Richardson helped the Oklahoma State Cowboys score their first touchdown of the season, thanks to an impressive reception in the first quarter.

There game

Central Michigan quickly responded with a score of its own, evening matters early in the first quarter.

Too easy

The Oklahoma State defense came out in a big way, enforcing security to put the cowboys up 9-7 with less than a minute left in the opening frame.

With momentum on their side, Oklahoma State extended their lead to 16-7 as the first quarter came to a close.

Spencer Sanders extends Oklahoma State’s lead

Spencer Sanders extends Oklahoma State's lead

Spencer Sanders’ electrifying 17-yard rushing touchdown gave the Oklahoma State Cowboys a 16-7 lead against Central Michigan.

When it rains, it pours

Sanders & Co. continued to pour it on the Chippewas as the second quarter got underway.

Sanders connects with Braydon Johnson for a 13-yard TD

Sanders connects with Braydon Johnson for a 13-yard TD

QB Spencer Sanders connects with Braydon Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown to put Oklahoma State up 23-7.

More of the same

Midway through the second frame, Sanders found a running back Jaden Nixonwho took off for 17-yard score thanks to some fancy footwork.

On the next drive, Sanders came up with his second rushing TD of the day. Just like that, it was a 30-point game, 37-7.

Déjà vu

Central Michigan came up on the next drive, thanks to RB Lew Nichols‘ short 4-yard scamper into the end zone. The Chippewas followed that up with a successful two-point conversion for good measure.

It didn’t take long for Oklahoma State to return the favor, however, as Dominic Richardson punched it in to make it a 44-15 lead into the break.

No slowdown

The Cowboys picked up in the second half right where they left off. Sanders found Bryson Green in the corner of the end zone for a quick score.

Spencer Sanders finds Bryson Green for a 7-yard TD

Spencer Sanders finds Bryson Green for a 7-yard TD

Oklahoma State Cowboys QB Spencer Sanders contributed his sixth touchdown of the game, connecting with Bryson Green on a 7-yard TD pass.

Warm hands

CMU quickly responded, as Jalen McGaughy reeled in a difficult pass under pressure for the Chippewas’ TD.

Finding its basis

Then, Central Michigan capped a three-play, 39-yard drive with another TD to close the gap, 51-28.

Back and forth

Both teams traded TDs late in the fourth quarter. OSU’s Zach Middleton punched one for the Cowboys — theirs seventh TD of the night – followed by CMU’s Nichols breaking away for a 15-yard TD.

Too little too late

Despite the loss, CMU had the last word in this one, as McGaughy finished things off with a 54-yard TD catch.

CMU’s Daniel Richardson connects with Jalen McGaughy for a 54-yard TD

CMU's Daniel Richardson connects with Jalen McGaughy for a 54-yard TD

QB Daniel Richardson connects with Jalen McGaughy for a 54-yard touchdown.

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