Penn State beat Purdue 35-31 in a thrilling season-opener Thursday that saw seven lead changes and Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford go through an entire career's worth of emotion in one night.

Clifford was banged up nearly the entire 2021 season and looked to aggravate the injury in the second quarter. He did not take the field for Penn State's opening possession of the second half and I thought it would cost Penn State the game.

Purdue took a 31-28 lead on Chris Jefferson's pick six with 8:29 left in the game, but ran only 11 plays for 26 yards and only 3:43 off the clock. The incompletions allowed Penn State to conserve timeouts.

Penn State won its first game of the season, but it struggled to generate pressure all night and its offensive line did not play well for what feels like the 50th consecutive year.

The Nittany Lions punt after three straight incompletions, and Penn State fans will wonder why there wasn't a defensive holding call.

Penn State should consider going back to Drew Allar, as Sean Clifford's accuracy is off.