Two Iowa tight ends accounted for 208 of Stanley's 320 passing yards, with Noah Fant finishing the game with 101 yards and Hockenson totaling 107 yards. Will it be a Nittany Lions team focused on getting off to a fast start and not letting up as they look to rebuild confidence? Also like last season, the loss to the Spartans followed a one-point loss to Ohio State.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley is coming off his best rushing performance after racking up 175 yards on 25 carries against the Buckeyes. "We had a chance to put them away several times ... and we didn't do it". Guys like Tommy Stevens and Justin Shorter haven't seen the field as much as I would like them to, which is why I think this will be another boring game.
Yes, Alabama's numbers are ridiculous to date, but it's nearly as if everyone is forgetting about how great Ohio State has played to start its season.
Penn State, the No. 8 team in the country, fell to unranked Michigan State this evening, 21-17.
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Don't let the fourth place spot fool you though, as all schools not named Penn State have most of their hard games coming up.
A night game at the Big House against the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines is certainly not one you can count on the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers to win.
The loss was a brutal one, coming in the final minute.
Now, No. 18 Penn State heads to IN, hoping to turn things around again after losing two straight home games. The Lions should counter with pressure from their ends and blitzing DBs. The mobile A.J. Bush, who has rushed for three scores over two games since returning from a hamstring injury, may have to wreak havoc in order for the Illini to have a chance at keeping the game close.
"He's definitely a scholarship player", Smith said. This game is back at home for Wisconsin and, so far the only road game that the Illini have played in this season was a trip to Rutgers.
The name that should come to mind first when Penn State has the ball in 2018 is running back Miles Sanders.
As a sports fanatic, I have seen a lot of awful performances by quarterbacks in my lifetime. But ultimately they'll come out with W because they desperately need to. A year ago against Penn State, Indiana had a minus-three turnover margin in a 45-14 loss in State College.
Best effort: Michigan State turned a 40-yard field goal attempt, down 17-14, into a fake with holder/quarterback Lewerke standing up and aiming for Raequan Williams.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions go to IN next week. Michigan State took over with 4:09 to go but got only to their own 35, and Penn State failed to capitalize when Taylor dropped an interception deep in Spartan territory.
Worst call: (Tie): The low-percentage fade to Juwan Johnson on third-and-goal from the Michigan State 3 while tied at 14 in the fourth quarter and the second-and-7 handoff to Sanders from the Nits' 31 with 1:41 left. McSorley has thrown a touchdown pass in all 34 of those contests.
PSU: McSorley should have a great day throwing the ball.