3 takeaways from Penn State's win over Indiana as Nittany Lions bounce back
Penn State was looking to let off some steam after losing to Ohio State in its last game and it did just that.
A bounce back win over Indiana was just what the Nittany Lions needed after the offense was shut down in Columbus by the Ohio State defense. Sometimes all you need is a trip back home.
Penn State ending up winning over Indiana by a score of 33-24 in Happy Valley. A slow start plagued the team in the first half and Penn State barely escaped with a win over the struggling Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium.
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Here are some takeaways from the win at home:
Penn State struggles on both sides of ball vs. Indiana
The score going into halftime was 17-14 with Penn State clinging on to a three-point lead after an embarrassing first half. Brendan Sorsby hit two huge plays to give the Hoosiers two touchdowns. One went for 90 yards and the other was for 69 yards.
It made sense for Penn State to have some problems against Ohio State. However, Indiana has one of the worst offenses and defenses in the B1G. The Hoosier offense ranks 11th in the conference in offensive yards per game (311.7) and 12th in yards allowed per game (366.1).
The Indiana run defense limited the Penn State rushing attack to just over 100 yards on the ground.
The Nittany Lions will need to clean things up before facing Michigan in Happy Valley. Hopefully this kind of doesn’t become a habit for Penn State in the future.
Indiana turnovers bail out Penn State
Without Indiana throwing an interception and muffing a punt, this game could have been very different.
A clutch interception with Indiana marching into Penn State territory towards the end of the first half from Jaylen Reed kept the Hoosier offense in check. Reed was able to capitalize on a rushed throw from Sorsby as the Indiana QB was under pressure.
Both the interception and muffed punt ended up giving Penn State breaks, but this isn’t something that the team should rely on down the road with much better competition on the schedule next.
A late fumble on a sack that rolled into the back of the endzone for a safety also did Penn State plenty of favors.
🚨 SAFETY ALERT 🚨 PENN STATE GETS A SAFETY pic.twitter.com/nAIltxgJM3
— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) October 28, 2023
National TE Day in Happy Valley
Most of the playmakers on the Penn State offense weren’t too impressive. The majority of the touchdowns came from the tight end position as both Khalil Dinkins and Theo Johnson both found the endzone.
The tight ends were responsible for two of Drew Allar’s three passing touchdowns. No one told Penn State that National TE Day was the previous weekend, but it doesn’t sound like the Nittany Lions would’ve cared anyways.
𝘛𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘺 𝘛𝘦𝘥𝘥𝘺 🙌
Theo Johnson reels in the TD to cap @PennStateFball‘s impressive drive to open the second half.
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— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 28, 2023
Penn State is going to have some questions that will need to be answered after this game. Winning is what’s important, but not like this.
James Franklin is going to have some things to work on at practice ahead of the Maryland and Michigan game.