5 Post Game Thoughts: Penn State 51, Pitt 6

By Craig Fritz on September 8, 2018 at 11:54 pm
Penn State Defensive Line
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Heinz Field might be in Pittsburgh, but the Nittany Lions made it home with a blowout victory against the Panthers on Saturday night. After getting gashed in the running game in the opening half, Penn State adjusted and asserted its muscle en route to a 51-6 victory. The Lions simply could not be stopped after the break, outscoring the Panthers 37-0. 

special teams

The Nittany Lions forced, or were the recipients of, so, so, so many special teams gaffs by Pitt. The Panthers missed an extra point, a field goal, had a punt blocked, and allowed a punt return touchdown by DeAndre Thompkins. It was a huge swing in a game that was super tight early.

halftime adjustments

Man, this was incredible. Penn State allowed ALL the yards in the first half (200+ rushing), but after the break, Penn State gave up just 59 yards in total, and zero points. The Panthers didn't cross midfield in the second half. 

feed miles

Best boy Miles Sanders had his first career 100-yard rushing game, and even had tons of yards revoked on a questionable block-in-the-back call that came against Brandon Polk. Sanders hit for 118 yards on 16 carries for a ridiculous 7.4 yards/carry. He absolutely shined in his hometown.

phantom pickett

Many 'burgh media folks said Keystone Kenny was the equal or better to McSorley. Well, I think we learned that's completely ridiculous, after Pickett threw for just 55 yards for the entire game, much of that tiny total well after the game was decided. McSorley got the better of the play with 14 completions for 145 yards, and three total touchdown. Those numbers were hurt significantly by....

dropping it

Even with the complete marauding, Nittany Lion receivers dropped a ton of balls in the sloppy conditions at Heinz Field. It's something that will absolutely need to be cleaned up in coming weeks as the Buckeyes come to town at the end of the month.