Merrimac's Freiermuth leads Penn State football past Buffalo

AP PhotoPenn State tight end Pat Freiermuth eludes Buffalo cornerback Devon Russell on his way to the end zone. The Merrimac resident had a career-high eight catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the 45-13 win.

Merrimac’s Pat Freiermuth had a career night for Penn State football on Saturday, making a career-high eight catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Nittany Lions past Buffalo 45-13.

The former Pentucket and Brooks School tight end caught a 23-yard touchdown up the seam with 11:54 to play in the third quarter, giving Penn State a 21-10 lead. Later in the third he also had a brilliant 28-yard touchdown after making a one-handed grab on a fourth down read option play and cutting through three defenders for the score to make it 35-13. 

Following his breakout freshman season a year ago, Freiermuth is now climbing the ranks in Penn State’s all-time record book. With 10 career touchdown catches, Freiermuth is now tied for 17th all-time in career touchdown catches and ranks third among all Nittany Lion tight ends. His eight catches were the most by a Penn State tight end since future Miami Dolphins draft pick Mike Gesicki in 2017 against Michigan State, and dating back to last season he has now made at least one catch in 14 consecutive games.

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