STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State recovered from a sluggish start and outlasted Buffalo 27-14 through heavy rain at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
True freshmen Brandon Polk and Saquon Barkley each ran for touchdowns for Penn State (1-1) Christian Hackenberg completed 14 of 27 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown and Joey Julius kicked a pair of field goals in the 27-14 win.
Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata tossed touchdown passes to Ron Willoughby and Marcus McGill. But the Bulls struggled to move the ball into the red zone for most of the afternoon. Buffalo (1-1) punted nine times, turned the ball over on downs once and Licata was intercepted by defensive end Carl Nassib in the second quarter.
Nassib led Penn State’s defense with three sacks while tackle Austin Johnson led the Nittany Lions with nine tackles. Bulls kicker Adam Mitcheson missed a 47-yard field goal that would’ve given the Bulls a lead in the first quarter.