Fans, media react to Penn State's disastrous first half vs. Northwestern
Penn State is ranked No. 6 in the country with the program coming off a stout shutout of Iowa in Week 4. That performance had the Nittany Lions riding high, but it did not carry over into the first half vs. Northwestern.
An early turnover by Nick Singleton on the game-opening kickoff led to a quick field goal and a 3-0 lead for the Wildcats. Northwestern eventually made the score 10-3 with a prolonged drive that included some 3rd-down conversions.
The good news for Penn State is the offense eventually woke up with a late touchdown to tie the game before the half. The Nittany Lion defense also continues to look like one of the best units in the country.
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However, the offense has been a completely different story. Drew Allar has completed just 8-of-16 passes for 91 yards and was sacked while fumbling late in the first half. The ground game has also lacked a bit in efficiency while the Nittany Lions are converting just 2-for-8 on 3rd down with 158 yards of total offense.
Here’s how that performance has stirred a reaction on social media:
STOP THE COUNT pic.twitter.com/KN5uIAa8xt
— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) September 30, 2023
We’re putting this Northwestern 10-3 lead on Penn State on an Sickos Advisory. We will monitor. pic.twitter.com/pLh52RZpG9
— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) September 30, 2023
Northwestern scores within the first two minutes against Penn State pic.twitter.com/JfnK5rUFUo
— Heavens! (@HeavensFX) September 30, 2023
4th straight game to start the season against a P5 team where we’ve come out sluggish & let bad/average teams hang
14-7 vs WVU
16-7 vs ILL
10-0 vs IOWA
10-10 vs NU
— 🙏 (@_DumbassTC) September 30, 2023
Penn State in a dog fight with…NorthWestern?
— Brandon Phoenix (@IAlsoHatepitt) September 30, 2023
Seeing Northwestern at least compete with Penn State pic.twitter.com/DhDz55D3wZ
— JHatch (@Hatchisyodaddy) September 30, 2023
Bro Michigan’s front 7 is gonna kill Penn State’s oline
— Da Timeline Villain😈 (@SoColdnTheD) September 30, 2023
uh, Penn State, what is you doing
— BostonNooga (@BostonNooga) September 30, 2023
Penn State’s OLine today: 👎🏻
— Mark Steinruck (@msteinruck) September 30, 2023
Penn State having a turnstile at RT.
— James Stierle (@jstierle04) September 30, 2023