Sean Clifford provides early insight on Ohio State's new-look defense ahead of Week 9 matchup
Sean Clifford has a big game in Week 9 as No. 13 Penn State is set to host No. 2 Ohio State. During his weekly press conference, Clifford pointed out that the biggest difference in Ohio State’s defense this season is that the Buckeyes are more aggressive, per Eleven Warriors Dan Hope.
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford says he’s noticed Ohio State’s defense is doing different things under Jim Knowles this year than it has in years past. “They’re very aggressive.”
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 25, 2022
Ohio State’s defense is led by first-year defensive coordinator Jim Knowles after a 4-year stint with Oklahoma State as the defensive coordinator. Ohio State is ranked 5th in the nation in points allowed per game (14.9) and is 3rd in the B1G in sacks (19). That is a swift turnaround from the struggles in 2021.
Penn State is coming off a decisive 45-17 home win over Minnesota in Week 8 after losing its first game of the season to Michigan 41-17 in Week 7. Clifford responded well after being basent late in the game versus Michigan by completing 23-of-31 of his passes for 295 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 one interception, and a QBR of 92.8.
Penn State is looking to erase a five-game losing streak to Ohio State in Week 9.