Final Thoughts: No. 14 Penn State 20, Rutgers 7

By Matt de Bear on November 17, 2018 at 3:34 pm
Nov 17, 2018; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Shareef Miller (48) celebrates after a sack during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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Penn State won today's game 20-7 over Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights never really threatened to make this a game, amassing just 234 yards of offense, with only 46 of those came through the air. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lion offense struggled to find any consistency. Miles Sanders carried 27 times, but averaged just 3.3 per carry against the perhaps the country's worst running defense. A few final thoughts:

  • It wasn't complete dominance, but Brent Pry's defense continued their strong second half of the season. They forced three turnovers, and got to the Knights' quarterbacks four times. Rutgers did find some traction on the ground in the second half, but averaged just 3.4 yards per carry.
  • On the other side, the Nittany Lions did not have a single run longer than nine yards against a Rutgers rushing defense that has been awful all year. For what it's worth, the Lions only had 90 yards on 31 carries last year in Happy Valley.
  • Trace McSorley improved on his shaky start, but continued to miss the big play that has defined his three seasons as the starting quarterback. One such shot was picked off by Rutgers, but the downfield passing game has just not been part of this offense's arsenal for most of the season. 
  • That's it. The less we talk about this game, the better.
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