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Penn State football cruises past Ball State

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State corrected its slow start from the season opener.

Now it will work on a stronger finish.

The Nittany Lions jumped on Ball State early, scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, led 24-6 at halftime and were on cruise-control for the remainder of a glorious Saturday afternoon en route to a 44-13 win at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State, ranked No. 11, is now 2-0 heading into next Saturday night’s whiteout game with Auburn. Ball State is 1-1.

Sean Clifford completed 21 of 29 for 230 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 11 times for 66 yards and another score before backup Ta’Quan Roberson entered with six minutes remaining and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Theo Johnson.

Penn State’s defense, however, was not to be outshined. The Nits kept Ball State out of the end zone for the first three and a half quarters.

PSU has now allowed just two touchdowns in two games.

The Lions did not commit a turnover and got two more interceptions, matching their total (four) from all of last season.

Attendance was 105,323.

The crowd chanted, “We want Auburn” late in the game and booed when Ball State called timeout with six seconds left at the Penn State 12, trying to score on its final play.

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