Penn State Nittany Lions Seek to Remain Unbeaten
Penn State prevailed at home over #16 Michigan last week to remain unbeaten and avenge a 42-7 pasting at the hands of the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last season. The Nittany Lions try to remain unbeaten heading into a game with #17 Minnesota next week. Penn State bolted to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter and hung on after Michigan made it a seven-point game twice, the last time with 8:48 to play. The Nittany Lions were outgained 417-283, gave up 26 first downs while recording 14 and were crushed 37:45 to 22:15 in time of possession in the contest. Penn State did force the game’s lone turnover: their strong start carried them to victory.
The Nittany Lions enter this contest 44th
in the nation in passing offense as they average 261 yards through the air this season. Penn State is 52nd
in rushing offense as they pick up 178.3 yards per contest. The Nittany Lions are 10th
in the FBS in scoring offense by averaging 40 points per game and stand 3rd
in scoring defense by allowing just 10 points per contest. Sean Clifford
is 116 of 184 passing for 1,742 yards with 16 touchdowns and two interceptions: he is second on the team with 269 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Will Levis is 14 of 22 for 85 yards and a score while adding 66 rushing yards and two scores. Noah Cain leads the team on the ground with 62 carries for 329 yards and six scores. Journey Brown (39 carries, 252 yards, three TD) and Devyn Ford (31 carries, 217 yards, two TD) are also valuable options in the ground game. KJ Hamler leads the Nittany Lions with 32 receptions for 563 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Pat Freiermuth (20 grabs, 231 yards, four TD) and Jahan Dotson (15 receptions, 298 yards, three TD) are the only other players with double-digit catches on the year. Jake Pinegar has hit all 37 extra point attempts and five of six field goals with a long of 38 this season. Jordan Stout has not attempted an extra point and is two of three on field goals with a long of 57.