Sean Clifford captures Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after White Out win

Story posted October 24, 2022 in CommRadio, Sports by Alex Rocco

After suffering its first loss against Michigan, Penn State bounced back in a big way defeating Minnesota 45-17, and one player received hardware for his performance.

On Monday morning, Sean Clifford was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after he threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns while completing 74 percent of passes.

After throwing an interception in the opening quarter, Clifford rebounded, firing two second quarter touchdowns to Tyler Warren and Theo Johnson.

The sixth-year senior continued to pour it on the Golden Gophers connecting with Parker Washington and Mitchell Tinsley for third quarter scores before he was removed from the game at the start of the fourth.
His four touchdowns tied a career-high for touchdowns thrown in a game; it was the fifth time he reached that mark in his six-year career.

During the victory, Clifford became the career completions leader at Penn State, passing Trace McSorley’s record of 720.

On a 4-yard pass in the first quarter, Clifford went over the 9,000 career passing yards mark, becoming the second Nittany Lion to reach that milestone.

This is the second time Clifford has won this award this season, with this first coming in the opening week after his four-touchdown performance against Purdue.

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