3 takeaways from Penn State's blowout win over Delaware
Penn State followed up a big win over West Virginia with a dominant 63-7 win over Delaware in Week 2.
The Nittany Lions put on an offensive display while also holding strong on defense to pick up some confidence and momentum before their B1G matchup with Illinois next week.
Here are some takeaways from Penn State’s blowout win.
Drew Allar continues hot start to season
Drew Allar instilled some early confidence in his Week 1 performance against West Virginia, throwing for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 38-15 win. Allar’s performance against Delaware should give fans even more confidence after he looked nearly perfect in the Week 2 win.
He came out early in the third quarter as Penn State led big, but in about 2 and a half quarters, he had 204 yards and a touchdown on 22/26 passing. Besides a couple of early throws, he passed with precision and set receivers up well. He also picked up 27 yards on the ground and had a rushing touchdown.
With 2 solid games under his belt, Allar seems dialed in ahead of Penn State’s first conference game next week.
Nittany Lions defense looks dialed
Penn State’s dominant offensive performance was only complimented by its strong defensive play Saturday.
The Nittany Lions caused problems for Delaware all game and allowed just 58 passing yards and 82 rushing yards. Until late in the third quarter, Penn State had allowed less than 100 yards of total offense. The Nittany Lions also dominated possession, holding onto the ball for more than 40 minutes.
Penn State also picked up a few turnovers, forcing 2 fumbles and coming up with one of them while also recording a pick-6.
While it’s a small sample size, Penn State’s defense seems to be ready to lead the Nittany Lions to the top of the B1G and potentially a CFP appearance.
Penn State flexes depth in second half
While it’s always nice to get a dominating win early in the season, it’s even better to get some valuable reps for backups.
Penn State did that Saturday as it’s second-stringers continued the momentum when the starters came out.
Penn State led 49-7 when starting quarterback Allar came out, but the Nittany Lions went on to pick up 3 more touchdowns with the backup crew. One of those came on defense with backup linebacker Dom DeLuca’s pick-6.
The strong play of Penn State’s second team gives confidence that the Nittany Lions will be prepared if a player goes down, which is always needed over the course of a long season.