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Penn State falls to 0-4, Nebraska gets their first win of 2020

The Nightmare Lions are still winless after a comeback in lin Lincoln falls short.

Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions watches the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium on November 7, 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania. Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

You’ve got to be patient with a lot of college football teams during the 2020 season. Covid-19, unusual practice times, changing schedules, and plenty of other factors mean this will be a year like no other.

But Penn State... what happened to you?

The AP Preseason #7 Penn State Nittany Lions had already lost to Indiana, Ohio State... and Maryland (what??).

And today PSU fell to the also-previously-winless Nebraska Cornhuskers 30-23 to drop to 0-4 in 2020.

The Huskers lead 27-6 at halftime, and despite a valiant attempt at a comeback it just fell short after another fourth down stop inside the red zone for the the Nebraska defense.

Freshman quarterback Luke McCaffery finished 13-21 for 132 yards, a touchdown pass and an interception. He’s quite raw, but Christian McCaffery’s brings plenty of athleticism to the position, adding in 13 carries for 67 yards and a rushing TD as well.

He’s an unpaid student-athlete, so let’s politely describe Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford as “embattled.” He was benched after going 5-8 for 37 yards with an interception and a fumble that became a scoop and score for the Blackshirts. Will Levis replaced him and finished 14-31 for 219, looking more efficient in the second half. But he clearly isn’t allowed to attempt much of the playbook.

NU was a three-point underdog when this game started. Now they get their first win of 2020, while the nightmare continues in the ironically-named Happy Valley.