Penn State begins the season on the win column but once more. The Nittany Lions gutted out a victory over Purdue to begin the season 1-Zero for the seventh time in James Franklin’s tenure with the Lions. Listed below are three takeaways from the sport.
1. They’ll run the ball or they’ll die making an attempt
Penn State made a concerted effort to get the ball within the fingers of their steady of operating backs, with all 4 gamers seeing a minimum of one collection within the sport. They in the end ran the ball for 98 yards, two in need of that elusive 100-yard sport on the bottom, however nobody again established themselves because the clear chief, as Kaytron Allen, Keyvone Lee, and Nick Singleton all had 30 yards dashing (Allen and Singleton had 31, to be precise).
2. The offensive line continues to be a piece in progress
That they had their flashes right now, the place they gave sufficient push to create one thing, however there’s nonetheless a methods to go to get the road to the place Penn State needs. As the sport progressed, the Purdue protection began closing in and creating havoc for Sean Clifford and the gang, and the aforementioned backs may solely muster 30 yards a pop. The excellent news, nevertheless, is that Sean Clifford was solely sacked as soon as within the sport, and whereas he did take a nasty hit in a unique collection, that he stayed largely upright is an effective signal for the longer term.
3. One other Blackout ruined
With lower than two minutes to play, it regarded just like the Nittany Lions would begin the season on the flawed finish of the win/loss column. Earlier within the sport, Clifford threw a pricey interception that was returned for a landing, giving Purdue the lead as time was winding down. However of their final possession, Clifford discovered a means. The veteran quarterback unfold the ball round to Mitchell Tinsley, KeAndre Lambert-Smith, Tyler Warren, and Keyvone Lee, whereas Kaytron Allen had some key runs as nicely, they usually in the end gutted out a victory.
It wasn’t the embarrassment that the Maryland blackout was, however perhaps groups ought to cease having blackout when Penn State involves city.