Penn State’s White Out has become one of the preeminent spectacles in college sports on a yearly basis, and yet it’s a game where the Nittany Lions are surprisingly pedestrian.
They’re 8-8 all-time in the matchup and average just over 24 points per game, but despite the mixed results all-time, things seem to be trending up for James Franklin’s squad.
No. 10 Penn State has won three out of the last four White Outs, including a 42-13 rout of Michigan the last time the game was held in 2019 and are hoping to continue its winning ways against No. 22 Auburn.
Sitting at 2-0 on the season, Penn State won a defensive battle on the road against Wisconsin, and then got a strong offensive output against MAC champions Ball State in Week 2, so the Nittany Lions can win in a variety of ways.
The Tigers come into Beaver Stadium 2-0 on the season and have scored 122 points and amassed over 1,000 yards of total offense, but they played Akron and Alabama State, so Penn State will be their first real barometer.
Auburn has also struggled on the road recently, going 13-17 away from Jordan-Hare Stadium over the last five years. In addition to Penn State, Auburn visits LSU and Texas A&M as two big road tests in Bryan Harsin’s first year as coach.
They’ll be led on offense by quarterback Bo Nix and running back Tank Bigsby while Penn State’s offense will likely flow through Sean Clifford and receiver Jahan Dotson.
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Auburn vs. Penn State score
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Halftime: Penn State 14, Auburn 10
9:12 p.m.: AUBURN INTERCEPTION. The Tigers pick off Sean Clifford on first-and-10 from the Auburn 47. Tigers take over at their own 3-yard line with 16 seconds left.
9:10 p.m.: Auburn goes three-and-out immediately following Penn State’s touchdown and the Nittany Lions take over at their own 21 with 47 seconds left in the first half.
9:06 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE. Sean Clifford hits tight end Brenton Strange for 2 yards to cap off a 14 play, 91-yard drive to reclaim the lead with 1:23 left in the first half. Penn State 14, Auburn 10.
9:04 p.m.: Clifford fakes the handoff and dumps it off to Dotson for 6 yards to the Auburn 7.
8:59 p.m.: Auburn calls a defensive timeout with 3:53 left in the first half and Penn State in good field position on the Tigers’ 13-yard line.
8:57 p.m.: Dotson throws the ball for 22 yards and Penn State is marching.
8:55 p.m.: Noah Cain easily gets the first down and then Sean Clifford hits Jahan Dotson for a one-handed grab on a play action pass for another first down.
8:53 p.m.: Penn State faces third-and-1 now after a review and they’re on their own 18.
8:47 p.m.: On third-and-8, Nix tries to air It out down field but comes up short. Fourth-and-8 for the Tigers and they punt from their own 45.
8:45 p.m.: Nix gets rid of it quickly and the Tigers are no longer backed up against their own endzone, hitting John Samuel Shenker for 27 yards to the Auburn 30.
8:43 p.m.: The officials apparently skipped a down, perhaps causing Penn State to punt prematurely.
They just straight up skipped a down. Noah Cain rushed for a first down. Clifford had an intentional grounding and it went from first down to third down. Penn State loses a down a punts on what would’ve been third down. Crazy mistake by the officials in the game.
— Kyle J. Andrews (@KyleJAndrews_) September 19, 2021
8:39 p.m.: Penn State’s drive stalls and Jordan Stout punts it to inside the 10. The Tigers take over at their own 9-yard line.
8:38 p.m.: On first-and-10, Sean Clifford gets hit for intentional grounding and it drives Penn State back 15 yards.
8:37 p.m.: Two runs for 13 yards for Noah Cain and Penn State has first-and-10 from their own 34 before Clifford launches it downfield to no avail.
8:32 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN AUBURN. Three straight runs by Auburn’s Tank Bigsby and he finds the endzone on the third try to cap off an 11 play, 75-yard drive as the Tigers retake the lead. Auburn 10, Penn State 7 with 12:28 left in the second quarter.
8:30 p.m.: Another third down for Auburn as Nix finds Kobe Hudson for 36 yards and the Tigers are marching and are on the Penn State 30.
8:29 p.m.: The Tigers convert on third down, their second conversion of the day for Auburn and they’re at their own 49.
End first quarter: Penn State 7, Auburn 3
8:24 p.m.: The first quarter draws to a close and Auburn will come out of the break looking at third-and-2 on their own 43.
8:18 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE. Penn State goes 88 yards on that drive on just six plays as Jahan Dotson hauls in the score. It’s now Penn State 7, Auburn 3 with 2:24 left in the first quarter.
8:17 p.m.: Clifford hits tight end Brenton Strange for 23 yards to the Penn State 50 before hitting tight end Theo Johnson the next play for 37 yards to the Auburn 4.
Definitely different from last year to see Penn State changing up formations, changing personnel, multiple tight ends, multiple RBs, varied tempo, all on the same drive
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) September 19, 2021
8:15 p.m.: Clifford hits Lambert-Smith again and the duo connect for a first down from the Penn State 36.
8:14 p.m.: Keyvone Lee enters the game for Penn State at running back and takes it for 10 for a first down before fumbling it and falling on top of it for a 5 yard gain.
8:10 p.m.: The Tigers punt it away from their 41 and Penn State takes over in tough field posiiton from their own 12-yard line.
8:08 p.m.: Auburn gets hit for a false start to bring up second-and-16 and Nix heaves it downfield again but it comes up short. Third-and-16 for the Tigers from their 35.
8:07 p.m.: Nix’s throw goes for 16 as the Tigers march toward midfield.
8:06 p.m.: A run by Tank Bigsby sets up third-and-6 for the Tigers from their own 25 and Nix drops back to pass and they convert.
8:02 p.m.: After a penalty against Auburn on the punt, the Tigers take over from their own 21-yard line.
8:01 p.m.: Another run by Clifford but another failure to convert on third-down. Brings up fourth-and-5 on the Penn State 25 and the Nittany Lions punt it away.
8:00 p.m.: Auburn swarms Sean Clifford for a loss to bring up second-and-11 on Penn State’s 19 yard line,
7:55 p.m.: FIELD GOAL AUBURN. Anders Carlson nails the 45-yard field goal on a low line drive and Auburn gets on the board first in the White Out. Auburn 3, Penn State 0.
7:54 p.m.: Auburn’s first offensive drive of the game brings out the field goal unit.
7:52 p.m.: It’s third-and-10 for Auburn on the Penn State 38, but the Tigers get bailed out on a Penn State penalty for pass interference. First-and-10 on the Penn State 28.
7:51 p.m.: Penn State’s fourth down attempt comes up short. Auburn takes over on their 48.
7:49 p.m.: Penn State comes up just short on third-and-5 from the Auburn 48. Brings up fourth-and-1 and Penn State goes for it.
7:47 p.m.: On third-and-7, Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford drops back, has all day and eventually hits KeAndre Lambert-Smith for the first down.
7:46 p.m.: Penn State’s first play is a handoff that goes for a loss.
7:44 p.m.: Auburn wins the toss and defers. Penn State starts the White Out with the ball.
7:38 p.m.: As ESPN’s Chris Fowler points out, this matchup — a ranked SEC-Big Ten showdown — is a rare one. Just the 11th time ranked squads from the two conferences have met. For the record, the last time Penn State hosted an SEC team in the White Out, it was No. 3 Alabama and the Crimson Tide won 27-11 back in 2011.
7:36 p.m.: The scene in State College just minutes before kickoff.
7:34 p.m.: It might be a White Out at Beaver Stadium, but certainly a healthy smattering of orange throughout. Auburn fans seem to have traveled for this ranked matchup. Kickoff coming up.
Auburn vs. Penn State start time
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 18
- Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
The Auburn vs. Penn State game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be played at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.
How to watch Auburn vs. Penn State
- TV channel: ABC
- Streaming: WatchESPN App, fuboTV
The matchup between the Nittany Lions and Tigers is ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” broadcast and will feature Chris Fowler on play-by-play duties, Kirk Herbstreit joining him in the booth and Holly Rowe reporting from the sidelines. You can also stream Auburn vs. Penn State live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Penn State schedule 2021
|1||@ Wisconsin||Sept. 4|
|2||vs. Ball State||Sept. 11|
|3||vs. Auburn||Sept. 18|
|4||vs. Villanova||Sept. 25|
|5||vs. Indiana||Oct. 2|
|6||@ Iowa||Oct. 9|
|7||vs. Illinois||Oct. 23|
|8||@ Ohio State||Oct. 30|
|9||@ Maryland||Nov. 6|
|10||vs. Michigan||Nov. 13|
|11||vs. Rutgers||Nov. 20|
|12||@ Michigan State||Nov. 27|
Auburn schedule 2021
|1||vs. Akron||Sept. 4|
|2||vs. Alabama State||Sept. 11|
|3||@ Penn State||Sept. 18|
|4||vs. Georgia State||Sept. 25|
|5||@ LSU||Oct. 2|
|6||vs. Georgia||Oct. 9|
|7||@ Arkansas||Oct. 16|
|8||vs. Ole Miss||Oct. 30|
|9||@ Texas A&M||Nov. 6|
|10||vs. Mississippi State||Nov. 13|
|11||@ South Carolina||Nov. 20|
|12||vs. Alabama||Nov. 27|
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