Penn State Football smothers Indiana: Three takeaways from victory
The Nittany Lions head to Bloomington, where they tend to play trick plays and tackle Indiana Hoosiers as easily as one would hope to come out of the heart Ohio State a week ago. Here’s your takeaway.
1. Strong play on the field
Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton combined for 159 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns. On a day where most of the offensive line was out due to injury, combined with strong winds throughout the contest, getting good production from the running game was paramount. Back delivered.
2. Stifling defense
Indiana had one good drive early in the game, but outside of the scripted series, the Lions killed everything the Hoosiers tried to do. There was a moment in the game when every Indiana player not named Jack Tuttle ran for negative yardage. The constant pressure made life difficult for the Hoosier quarterbacks, and the aforementioned Tuttle had to leave the game with a shoulder injury, adding insult to injury.
3. No Disappointment, Part 2
The most important product of Penn State football under James Franklin, the Lions had this tendency to play uninspired football after a loss, often resulting in a second loss in as many games. For the second time this season, the Lions shook off the disappointment of a loss with an inspired performance against weaker opposition. The first step in the jump to the “elite” is to avoid losses to weaker teams. Let’s continue like this until the end of the season.
BONUS: See that Georgia/Tennessee score?
Winning is hard.
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